After eight years at its Arroyo Grande location at 1464 E. Grand Ave., Spencers Fresh Market will close that store this summer in a plan to relocate to another storefront in the Five Cities, owner John Spencer said.
Its unfortunate that we have to relocate, but thats part of doing business, Spencer said Thursday. We are hoping to relocate in another area of the Five Cities. We have a couple of options that we are very interested in.
According to Spencer, his lease agreement with property owner CenCal Pacific allowed for his agreement to be terminated if the property owner could find another tenant willing to pay more money.
A spokesman for CenCal Pacific said a new lease had been signed with Smart & Final to fill the space being vacated by Spencers.
While there is no firm date for Spencers last day, the property owner said the market would close in July and the building would be remodeled before opening as Smart & Final.
The first Spencers Fresh Market opened in Santa Maria in 1996. There are now five Spencers on the Central Coast in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Atascadero and Santa Maria.
Shoppers at the Arroyo Grande location were shocked to hear that the store was closing.
Ive been shopping here since they opened, said Arroyo Grande resident Delfina Zarate.
Its a great store, and its just down the street from me. Its so convenient, plus the other stores are more expensive.
Kristie Molina, who owns the Laguna Village shopping center where the San Luis Obispo Spencers is located, said she understands how difficult it can be for a grocery chain in the current economic climate. Molinas family owns Scolaris. After 60 years in business, the Reno, Nev.-based grocery chain announced April 12 that it was closing all four of its California supermarkets.
You cant compete anymore, Molina said.
Everybody is selling groceries, and stores like Target and Walmart can buy in such large quantities and, more importantly, they dont have to pay union wages.
Scolaris stores in Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara have slashed prices to move merchandise out the door in anticipation of closing Wednesday.
Joey Scolari, who co-owns the chain with his brother Jerry, said in a news release issued the day the closures were announced that they were shuttering the Central Coast locations to focus on Scolaris 14 stores in Nevada.
Scolaris store in the Pismo Coast Plaza is one that will close. The Pismo Coast Plaza LLC and Tai Martin, senior vice president of the commercial brokerage firm Colliers Internationals Central Coast office, are considering multiple offers from several retailers. Spencers is one of those stores, though no deal has been finalized, John Spencer and Martin said.