Save-U-Foods, part of the Save-A-Lot discount grocery chain and one of only three full-service grocery stores in Imperial Beach, is being forced to close on Friday, March 4.
The City of Imperial Beach, which paid nearly $10 million for the 1960s-era Miracle Shopping Center at Palm Avenue and Ninth Street, plans to demolish the center and start building a replacement.
Store managers Estella Rodriguez and Ann Wischstandt said that telling longtime customers of the closure has been difficult.
“For the people who walk and ride bikes, it’s going to be hard for them to get to our other store in Chula Vista, and we worry about our older customers from the nearby senior center,” Rodriguez said.
“The customers are very sad and upset and we tell them to let the City know they want us back,” added Wischstandt. “It would be nice to come back home when they have a new building.”
“I have been coming here for ten years, said customer Ken Mckee. “The whole shopping center had a hometown feel. The store’s owners were family-oriented, from Joe at the liquor store, Bob at the pet store, and Estella here. If you needed something, they were here, close by and convenient. Imperial Beach had a small-town feeling, but I guess this is a sign of the times.”
Of the 16 commercial stores that once occupied the center, only the Goodwill retail store will remain until it finds a compatible space elsewhere.