SAN JOSE — Safeway intends to close its retailer in downtown San Jose inside weeks, metropolis officers stated Tuesday night time.
“There isn’t a query, it is a large loss,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, in an interview with this information group, stated Tuesday night time of the looming shutdown of the Safeway retailer.
The soon-to-close Safeway retailer is situated at 100 S. Second St. and is scheduled to stop operations by June 14, a memo issued by the workplace of San Jose Metropolis Councilman Raul Peralez said. Councilman Peralez represents the downtown San Jose space.
“We’re very sorry to see Safeway shut its doorways,” the town memo said.
The principle downside: Free parking vanished for Safeway patrons, regardless of strenuous efforts by the town to achieve possession of the underground parking storage that’s adjoining to the shop.
A authorities company, enormously influenced by Santa Clara County officers, that’s the successor to the defunct San Jose Redevelopment Company, pissed off the town’s a number of efforts to purchase the parking storage. Because it’s obliged to do, the successor company offered the storage to a excessive bidder, in accordance with Metropolis Corridor sources.
Ultimately, a personal funding group purchased the storage and jettisoned free parking for Safeway patrons within the type of a retailer validation. That, in flip, undermined the monetary stability of the Safeway retailer, Metropolis Corridor sources said.
Rumors had circulated for a number of months that Safeway was strongly contemplating a closure of the grocery store, which is among the smaller retailer codecs for the grocery chain.
Pleasanton-based Safeway intends to supply the affected staff positions at different firm services.
“We acknowledge the good worth that grocery retailers should our downtown residents and the issues that come up as soon as Safeway discontinues its operations,” the town memo stated.
Nonetheless, plenty of grocers are situated inside a mile of the historic core of downtown San Jose, which is informally on the nook of First and Santa Clara streets.
Entire Meals, Goal, Dealer Joe’s and Grocery Outlet are within the neighborhood.
What’s extra, in accordance with the town memo, a number of ethnic grocers are close by, corresponding to Santo Market, Cardenas Market, Arteaga’s Meals Middle, and Nijiya Market.
Nonetheless, the mayor believes residents and staff will more and more demand extra grocery store and retail choices in downtown San Jose for plenty of causes.
Chief amongst these: Google has proposed a transit village close to the Diridon prepare station, whereas Adobe intends to dramatically increase the dimensions of its downtown campus of three buildings by including a fourth workplace tower at an adjoining web site.
“I shall be comfortable to choose up the telephone, do no matter I can to encourage a grocery retailer, or different retail, for the Safeway web site,” Mayor Liccardo stated.