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Santee Rite Aid Set to Close, Liquidation Sale Coming

A disagreement over the lease, likely a rent increase, is given as the reason for the closing.

The at the corner of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street will be closing its doors on Friday, only to reopen for a liquidation sale on April 1, and close for good a couple weeks later.

Eric Harkreader, a spokesman for Rite Aid, said the store and the property manager weren't able to come to an agreement over the lease extension and once the lease was up, a decision was made to close the store.

Friday is the last day of regular business, and the pharmacy will close for good. Rite Aid's pharmacy clientele records will be transferred across the street to the . Beginning April 1, they will be liquidating the non-pharmacy part of store for next couple weeks, or until enough inventory is sold.

An employee of the Plaza de Cuyamaca Rite Aid indicated that reason for the upcoming closure was mainly based on a rent increase that property managers were seeking- purportedly up to double the previous rent price. She also said that other small shops in the center were facing challenging rent increases, and the , it closed down about a week ago, with a sign on the door indicating an intent to reopen in a new location.

The recent upgrade to the facade of the Petco store, remodel of the storefront and remodel of the in the Plaza, and pressure for other stores to follow suit, were cited by the Rite Aid employee as reasons for the rent increase.

Representatives of the Smokers Outlet could not be reached to verify reasons behind their move.

Larry March 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
They aren't leaving because of low customer numbers, they're leaving because the rent was raised, the same reason the smoke shop in the same center is moving. I loved that Rite Aid. Friendly people, CLEAN, and well maintained. Going there reminded me of when it was Thrifty, especially watching kids at the ice cream counter.
Rich Smith March 31, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Looks like the same thing is going on in CA as here in the east. CVS is getting to be the big guy in the Pharmacy industry. Much as the others may be slipping, I think their merger with Medco has allot to do with their success. A pharmacist from Rite Aid in our town was pretty bitter about that. Just feel bad for those workers who are out looking for work.
buzidebbee April 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM
More lost jobs. More people losing their homes and going hungry. I hope that place stays empty until they have to tear it down. Now is NOT the time for greed or even making that extra buck. If we don't start working together the bad times will continue.
Steven Bartholow June 29, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Smokers outlet is open again, not sure if it's the same ownership
Steven Bartholow July 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Update on BevMo! coming to Santee- http://santee.patch.com/articles/beverages-and-more-coming-to-santee

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