By ROBERTO FONSECA
ATWATER VILLAGE — Mortarless Building Supply, where contractors and homeowners loaded up on gravel and hard-to-find tile for four decades, will be closing its doors after today.
Mainly known for their tiles, Mortarless has become a staple of the Atwater Village community with its instantly recognizable murals on the walls of the Fletcher Drive building.
“It’s just time to go,” Joey Ranieri Jr., whose father opened the business in March 1977. “It was a business dynamics decision.”
Customers who made their way past mounds of sand, gravel, and other materials in the storage yard discovered a large and colorful collection of tile once they entered the shop crammed with merchandise. Mortarless became a go-to place to for decorative tiles not easily available at a chain home improvement chain. The wide variety of tile available at the shop won it praise from Los Angeles Magazine.
It’s not clear what’s going to happen to Mortarless property. Ranieri says that he currently does not have any plans for the business moving forward.
“Maybe we’ll pop up online somewhere,” he said. “Maybe go to Northern California, but nothing concrete as of right now.”
Mortarless will close permanently after Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Roberto Fonseca is a senior journalism major at Chico State University. Fonseca grew up in Atwater Village and attended Atwater Elementary, Irving Middle, Marshall and Sotomayor High schools before graduating in 2014.
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