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Imperial Beach’s Miracle Shopping Center to be Demolished, Rebuilt

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.

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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.

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This is an important story. It is about the Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency and eminent domain. If you simply Google "miracle shopping" "imperial beach" you will see. Start with the pdf detailing the Epic Land Solution Inc.(a business registered in Torrance, Ca, to Holly Rockwell) agreement to displace all of the shopping center tenants by eminent domain. On the cover page to Epic's plan, they footnote the word "Epic" so as to define it: "EPIC: adj.Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size; 2.Heroic and impressive in quality"

Wow. Heroic. Heroes? Or villains?

March 1, 2011

Wow lots of childhood memories there for us native Imperial Beach residents.

March 1, 2011

what about the shopping center across the street? Wally's? CVS? or any of the other stores? Things that make me go hmmmmm? Everything has a life cycle. The current shopping center has lived a good life, but is no longer useful in its current state.

March 2, 2011

change is good what's everyone all worried about save U foods closing, R you serious. lets keep them there for the next 25 years you gotta be kidding me. the miracle mile should have been dozed back in 1986 abouth the time the palm theatre closed its doors knowing bob at the pet store is not going to get you any were... we should have kept the bull n stick and the inn spot instead of replacing it with a pizza joint and a gym.......

March 19, 2011

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