Former site of A&R Furniture to be split up for more stores

Building will get a new look and will have the potential to house up to four tenants

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comSeptember 5, 2012 

A downtown staple in Paso Robles’ shopping district will soon get a new look under plans to remodel and split up the former A&R Furniture & Interiors building at 12th and Pine streets.

At its Aug. 27 meeting, the city’s development review committee approved a remodel for building owner NKT Commercial, a San Luis Obispo firm owned by Nick Tompkins. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

But according to the architectural plans, among the changes are new looks to the building’s façade, such as removing the arc from the top, taking down the maroon awnings and bringing in new color schemes, along with other architectural details.

One space shows an exterior palette of mustards and greens, while two other spaces in the plan could bring a color scheme of beige and maroon to the exterior.

The building’s height will remain the same, although there is a plan to add a new architectural element to the top of the building’s east end to make it look taller, city planner Darren Nash said.

The building and its showroom with large picture windows has mostly sat empty since 2011. It hosted a temporary art show earlier this year.

After the remodel, the building’s 12,000-square-foot space will have the potential to become up to four spaces, according to Keith Gilliss with Prime Commercial California real estate, which is signing up the tenants.

A “high-end restaurant” has already signed on, Gilliss said, declining to disclose the chosen eatery.

The design changes, submitted by San Luis Obispo-based MW Architects Inc., include an outdoor dining area facing Downtown City Park on 12th Street.

A&R Furniture closed its Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo locations in the summer of 2011. The Paso Robles store had been in business since 1977. Its owner, Noreen Martin, is president and chief executive officer of Martin Resorts, a firm that owns several local hotels.

Details on when the construction project will begin and end were not available.


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