Echo Park – Par Paint is leaving Echo Park behind after nearly 70 years in the neighborhood.
Owner Cyrus Farooqi is busy this week packing up inventory and equipment after holding a final sale and closing the Temple Street shop to the public over the weekend.
The business itself is not closing. In fact, business has remained strong and Par Paint is moving to a new home in San Gabriel, said Farooqi. But after “spirited discussions” with the landlord, we “could not see eye to eye” on remaining in the space, Farooqi said.
A long-time staple in the neighborhood, Par Paint has mixed paint colors for many Echo Park institutions, including a mauve metallic for the exterior of The Echo nightclub, and – most notably – the signature “Dodger Blue” at the ballpark. Farooqi’s dad, Sam, purchased the business from one of the original owners in the mid 1980s.
In a way, Par Paint’s moved to its recent location on Temple Street for much the same reason it now has to leave the neighborhood altogether. After operating at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Lemoyne Street from its founding in 1949, the store had to move to Temple Street around 2007 when new landlords doubled the rent, according to Patch.
Par Paint’s new San Gabriel home is expected to be open by the fall.
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