All-American to be razed, next tenant unknown

DOWNEY ‚àí All-American Home Center, Downey's staple home improvement store for more than 50 years that closed its doors last month, will be demolished before the end of the month as negotiations for a new tenant on the property are underway.Demolition of the All-American building, which is now fenced and flanked by bulldozers, was expected to begin on Jan. 16, but city officials have confirmed the property will soon be cleared to make way for a new tenant although it is unknown exactly who will claim the site, located at 7201 Firestone Blvd. Meanwhile, Downey could soon welcome another home improvement store as the former executives of All-American Home Center have expressed an interest in launching their own store. According to Community Development Director Brian Saeki, the group is actively searching for a smaller site to open a home store similar to All-American in Downey.

********** Published: January 19, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 40