One of Echo Park’s last independent hardware stores, The Reliable Do It Center, is preparing to close by the end of the month as a developer plans to build more than 200 apartments on the Sunset Boulevard site.
The hardware store has announced the upcoming closure with a combination of ads as well as black and white signs that have been hung on the side of the sides of store’s buildings. The upcoming closure of the Reliable Do it Center, which sits in the 1200 block of Sunset near Marion Avenue, means that only one remaining independent hardware store, J&J Trading Post on Glendale Boulevard, will remain open in Echo Park.
The Reliable Do It Center sits on part of the 2.5-acre site where Canadian developer Aragon Properties plans to build more than 200 units of housing and ground-floor retail space.
The 70-foot tall project has met with opposition from neighbors, who have created an online petition and created a website – WeAreEchoPark.com – to support their efforts.