ECHO PARK — A lot has happened in the dozen years since American Apparel opened its first store, a large outlet on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park. The underwear and t-shirt maker mushroomed into a nationwide hipster apparel chain known for its racy advertising and controversial founder Dov Charney before he was ousted from the company, and American Apparel plunged into bankruptcy. Now, the company is preparing to close the Echo Park outlet, which will leave another big retail space to fill on Sunset Boulevard.
“This store closure is a next step in implementing our previously announced turnaround plan, which includes closing underperforming locations and investing in new stores in promising areas,” the company said in a statement in response to an inquiry by The Eastsider.
The 5,300-square-foot store on Sunset near Alvarado is already up for lease and available in February, according to a listing on LoopNet. The listing material says the rent is negotiable but there is mention of an asking rent of more than $29,000 a month. In addition, an adjacent storefront and the second-floor above the American Apparel shop is also available.
All that vacant space arrives on the market as several other Echo Park landlords are seeking tenants to fill empty storefronts along Sunset Boulevard.
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