Bye bye, Bakers Square

I was in La Verne at Foothill Boulevard and Wheeler Avenue when I noticed the old Bakers Square fenced off. A later check from the parking lot side showed the property was getting more than a new roof or makeover.

“Yes, the building will be demolished soon with a new Taco Bell building replacing it,” Eric Scherer, the city’s community development director, told me.

After googling, I was reminded that my colleague Liset Marquez wrote in January about approval of a drive-thru restaurant there, but the tenant wasn’t named by the would-be developer at the time. So that it’s Taco Bell is still news of sorts.

Fascinating side note from that article: That rather sad shopping center — whose anchors are Dollar Tree, CVS and Crunch Fitness — is carved up among 13 owners. No wonder it’s “falling apart,” as one councilman put it.

Bakers Square — remember them? — closed at the end of 2008 and reopened at the start of 2009 as Garden Square. It wasn’t that great and closed the following year. The building has sat empty ever since.

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  • DebB

    I noticed the demolition, too, and was wondering what was going in there. Thanks for checking!

    That shopping center is pretty sad, but as far as I know it houses the only used book store left around here. If looking sad is what keeps them in business, I’m all for it!

    • davidallen909

      You’re right, Book Rack is there. But don’t forget Magic Door in Pomona! The two of them are the only used bookstores left around here, other than Friends of the Library stores in libraries.

      • DebB

        I thought Magic Door had closed! Did they find a way to keep it open?

        • davidallen909

          JoAnn’s been running it with some help from volunteers the past two years. She indicates she’ll close it in the next year, but in the meantime, there’s lots of books to sell.

  • Proud

    David I think every Shopping Center goes through a Metamorphosis…There ‘IN today OUT tomorrow’ just like Fashion…
    However I believe a Better Fast Food Option for that corner would have been a ‘Chick-fil-a’….Its HIP IN and the kids Love it!!…..Nuff said….

  • Jim

    I miss Michael J’s