Safeway to shut Downtown San Jose location, residents brace for impacts to comfort, neighborhood


SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — A part of Constructing a Higher Bay Space typically includes moving into a brand new course. In Downtown San Jose, Safeway plans to close its doorways.

After 11 years of serving Downtown San Jose, Safeway on South Second Road will shut on June 14th. The grocery store chain advised ABC7 Information the choice wasn’t made evenly.

On Wednesday, clients reacted to the information. Matt Scrabis lives close by and stated the closure will trigger loads of inconvenience.

“That’s horrible. I dwell proper up the road,” he stated. “I usually do go purchasing for my bigger orders elsewhere with my automobile, however for comfort components, this has been a lifesaver for me.”

In a press release to ABC7 Information, Safeway stated, “Like all retailers, we’re always evaluating the efficiency of our portfolio of shops, and it is sometimes mandatory to shut places that are not assembly firm objectives.”

The Metropolis of San Jose stated one concern making that aim troublesome is a change in parking. Clients we spoke with stated they agree.

“Parking was free initially. Then they’d a concern with that, and so they began charging for parking,” San Jose resident W. Allan Goode stated. “And, it wasn’t in any respect handy essentially to get into.”

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Goode added, “They have been challenged by their location. They have been challenged by the foundations that had been arrange by the entity that was offering parking for them.”

San Jose’s Financial Growth workplace says it’s sorry to see Safeway go, however it additionally factors to a lot of different choices.

“We have now seven different grocery shops in shut proximity,” Nanci Klein stated. “So there can be loads of grocers for the residents to make the most of.”

Klein is the Assistant Director of Financial Growth and Director of Actual Property for the Metropolis of San Jose.

A couple of blocks from Safeway, on East Santa Clara Road, is a Grocery Outlet. Farther out, there are smaller retailers like family-owned Cardenas and Santo Market.

Resident Goode stated, “We should always help these neighborhood assets, as a result of they’re there when the massive guys select to drag out.”

“You are going to discover issues right here that you do not discover in each different retailer,” he defined, whereas standing outdoors of Santo Market in San Jose. “There’s one other market that is across the nook. They’ve issues which might be additionally attribute of the neighborhood.”

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Nevertheless, some argue there are different issues to think about.

“If I neglect one thing, I am most likely going to have to spend so much extra money at a neighborhood liquor retailer,” Scrabis stated. “God bless them, I do know mother and pop outlets are nice, however you purchase milk at a neighborhood liquor retailer, it should price you some huge cash… Lot greater than Safeway.”

The town says it’ll work with the property proprietor and brokers to search out an excellent higher use for Safeway’s area.

“We’re trying on the alternative as a constructive for somebody who’s enthusiastic about coming into that area, who sees it as an awesome market,” Klein stated.

She added, “It isn’t clear what the tenant can be, however actually grocery can be within the combine to think about.”

See extra tales and movies about ABC7’s initiative, Constructing a Higher Bay Space.

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