31 vacancies on the boulevard and nearby?

| June 3, 2020 | 1 Comment

EMPTY RETAIL SPACE at 120 N. Larchmont Blvd. has been on the market for some time.

There are a number of retail and other commercial spaces that appear vacant or “For Lease” along Larchmont Boulevard and in the immediate neighborhood. And this situation predates any COVID-19 closures.

In the Village between First and Beverly, along the west side of the street, there are five empty spaces: next to Village Pizzeria, the still-vacant 133 N. Larchmont Blvd. (which once was set to become a Face Haus store, and maybe still is); the former Goorin Bros. space at 141 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.; the old Flywheel space at 147 N. Larchmont Blvd.; and the two spaces in the building north of Vernetti at 227 and 229 N. Larchmont Blvd.

On the east side of the street, there appear to be vacancies at 120 N. Larchmont Blvd. (the former LF); 124 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd. (where Jessica from Sunset, and later, Poshé, used to be); and 146 N. Larchmont Blvd. (where Bonne Chance was located for many years). The sign on the window of Landis Labyrinth Toy Shop at 140 N. Larchmont Blvd. says “Everything Must Go!”

Larchmont Mercantile

These last three spaces are in the former LaBonte Building, scheduled to become the upscale, 15-unit “Larchmont Mercantile” creation of Malibu real estate investor Lawrence Taylor’s company, Christina. Tenants of the remaining 12 spaces in the LaBonte building understand that they will have to vacate at the end of this year, or prior to the start of Larchmont Mercantile remodeling next year.

CROSSWALK at the proposed Larchmont Mercantile ends at the present locations of Lipson Plumbing, the former (now vacant) Bonne Chance, the northern unit of Landis Labyrinth Toy Shop and Larchmont Barber Shop.

North of Beverly Boulevard, on the east side of the street, the building at 320 N. Larchmont Blvd. no longer has the Cerrell name on it. There is a “For Lease” sign on the building at 500 N. Larchmont Blvd., and 550 N. Larchmont Blvd. also seems to be for lease. There also are vacancies at 660 N. Larchmont Blvd., at the intersection with Melrose, where a car crashed into the stores last year at about the same time that a new owner took control of the building.

On the west side of Larchmont, 531 N. Larchmont Blvd. has a “For Lease” sign, and the old Hans Weisshaar building, with the ornate sign at 627 N. Larchmont Blvd., has space available.

Along Melrose Avenue, the Le Petit Marché space at 5665 Melrose Ave. is still available for lease, as is 5750 Melrose (formerly Fin Asian Tapas Bar).

All told, if these spaces remain or become vacant, there could be 31 vacancies on and adjacent to Larchmont Boulevard at the end of this year.

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  1. Kerry H Morrison says:

    Pre-Covid, rising rents were threatening the viability of restaurants operating on thin margins and retail competing with online purchasing. This is now exacerbated by a season in which retail and restaurants will be forever changed by this pandemic. The time is now to re-imagine how the commercial core can serve this community and survive what may be more than a year of further economic dislocation. A new normal invites; we cannot long for a return to pre-Covid realities.

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