Bob McGibbon Sold His Body Shop to the Hipsters

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by LA1 News

   Robert “Bob” McGibbon was back in town this weekend. He stopped by the shop to square away a few things before the big move to Arizona. McGibbon, the owner of “McGibbon’s Auto Body" on York Blvd in Highland Park, certainly deserves the break. He served his country honorably during Vietnam then served his community as an honest businessman and 35-year member of the American Legion’s Highland Park Post #206.

   Bob McGibbon says he purchased the site of McGibbon’s Auto Body for $15,000 back in 1965. “It was still a lot of money back then,” he says. “Plus we bought the two-bedroom house a couple years later.” Asked how much he sold the auto body shop for now, McGibbon replied with a price of $1.5 million. “I sold it to the guy down the street who bought the pool hall recently,” he said.

   The pool hall owner McGibbon refers to is Dustin Lancaster, who owns The Hermosillo and Highland Park Brewery along with two other partners. Lancaster recently launched an attempt at live music at the pool hall, and has a number of other projects going on west of the LA River and in the Valley.

   What will McGibbon’s Auto Body become now? Bob McGibbon says the new owner is continuing with the property as-is for now. “He’s having some trouble getting the permits he needs, but it’s going to be an auto body shop,” McGibbon said, concluding with, “I’m going to Arizona, but I’m not retiring.”

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