By CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL
ECHO PARK — With tiny homes selling for more than $700,000 and coffee going for $4 a cup, there are few bargains to be found in Echo Park these days. And it looks like deals are only going to grow more scarce now that Jumbo Bargain, a discount store located at 1555 Sunset Blvd., is scheduled to shut its doors in April, coin-operated Kermit car and all. The exact closing date is yet to be determined.
The 6,700-square-foot building went up for lease nearly a year ago for more than $11,000 a month. The sales pitch on LoopNet played up the faded pink bulding’s proximity to downtown Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium and its location “within an emerging development corridor with multiple ground up construction projects planned and under way.”
The days are also numbered for another major Echo Park discount store, E-Pack. The Sunset Boulevard building that houses E-Pack building and the former Sunset Snack stand was purchased in 2013 by restauranteur Gareth Kantner. Kantner converted Sunset Snack into Dinette, a small take-out cafe, and said he plans to eventually build a much larger, restaurant and bar, called Libre, in the adjoining E-Pack store. Kantner has not said when he plans to open the larger restaurant.
Cecilia Padilla Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999