Yardage Town Closes Down, Rumors of Bevmo at Rite Aid Spot

Two storefronts now site empty side-by-side in the Plaza de Cuyamaca shopping center.

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The , once Santee's lone purveyer of fabric, has closed its doors, to the dismay of local sewers and quilters.

Two storefronts now site empty side-by-side in the Plaza de Cuyamaca shopping center, the as well. A chain link fence outside the front of the Yardage Town suggests construction and possibly a new occupant.

An employee of the Plaza de Cuyamaca indicated that reason for the 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.

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.

I have heard unsubstantiated rumors that Bevmo might be considering moving into the old Rite Aid building (nothing confirmed).

The in the same shopping center is open again after a couple months of .

If you know about any Santee business openings or closings, let us know in the comments below or email Steven.Bartholow@Patch.com.

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adam paul June 30, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Rite Aid was closing a bunch of stores around the country. Santee was just one of the locations picked to be closed.
Earlene June 30, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I'm really sorry to see The Yardage Store close, as it's been in that location for as far back as I can remember. It seems that entire mall is slowly dieing. Now we who quilt and sew have no place to go to buy fabric, thread, and notions. The younger generation does not sew, quilt, crochet or knit as our schools have stopped teaching sewing and cooking (Home Arts) and girls who graduate don't even know how to sew on a button......it all seems to be a lost art, so when these young ladies marry and the husband asks, "Honey, what are we having for dinner tonight?, she simply replies, "McDonald's or Jack-in-the-Box! (That gets old.) No wonder America is obese.
Melinda June 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Earlene, that is a very sexist outlook. I do sew and am sad to see Yardage Town has closed. However, my husband cooks and sews. School didn't teach him, his mother and father did. Its not the schools responsibility to teach that stuff, its the parents but due to folks like you boys don't learn that stuff. Women and men share the house hold. They both should share the responsibility of keeping it up. Not the women does the inside and the man does the outside bulls#%@.
Mary June 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Just another example of corporate greed. To increase the space rent by such a large percentage that businesses have to close their doors is uncalled for. The remodel of the McDonald's is a joke, they screwed up the parking lot losing an exit, and removed the children’s play structure which was the basis of a Santee family oriented business. The remodel of the Fresh & Easy storefront was the price any strip mall business pays to attract new businesses.
Earlene June 30, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Melinda, it would appear you got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning with such critical, rude remarks, especially since you do not know me, nor have you ever met me. Think what you wish but I taught my grown twin sons how to clean, cook AND to sew on buttons when they were growing up; one son does ALL the cooking for his family. I have written 3 cookbooks wherein I share our Favorite Family Recipes and have given them to every member of my Family. For your information cooking and sewing were required subjects both in Jr. High and High School, including male students, when I went to school. My deceased husband always shared the responsibility of laundry and cleaning the house as we both worked, so your criticism in making assumptions on my part are completely WRONG! BTW, I'm no more sexist than anyone else, and your remarks are completely out of order! Go buy a book on etiquette as your mannerism in addressing people is appauling and offensive.
Earlene June 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Mary, I totally agree with you concerning the massive GREED that has enveloped landlords in today's economy. To double the rent for any store in such economic times is unthinkable. Now this strip mall owner, who thought he woiuld have more revenue by doubling the rent, has zilch and an empty store! Yes, McDonald's is a joke, as they have eliminated the playful structure for their youngest customers, which is a draw for families, and made it next to impossible to get out of their driveway unless you have a compact vehicle. I think all they did was increase the warehouse capacity for themselves and by making a duo entryway, they thought they could serve customers faster, but still have ONLY ONE person taking the orders (same as befire)....duh!
Earlene June 30, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Evan, I didn't look into it but only know that BevMo is a liquor establishment and as previously stated, I hope they are denied permission to lease the old Rite-Aid store as there are much better uses for a building that size in Santee than a giant liquor store.
Earlene June 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
That should read, "same as before." Sorry for the error.
mamacita July 01, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Earlene: I'm sure you are aware of this already but JoAnn's is an excellent place to get sewing supplies. Good luck.
Earlene July 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Thanks for reminding me about JoAnn's as I've made many purchases there when looking for something special but that's been years ago. Are they still located in La Mesa? Wish they had a store in Santee. (Love your handle, Mamacita.) Thanks for that tip.
Erin July 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
We need Trader Joe's!!
adam paul July 01, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Don't know if you are aware or not but a quilt and fabric store opened up not too long ago in the area where Hose and Rubber Products is in El Cajon across from the Der Wienerschnitzel on Bradley. If its not in that part than its on that side of the street. Saw it one day as I was driving down the road. Yeah I agree I hope something else goes in there besides a Bevmo. I hate going to that strip mall at night especially in the Fresh and Easy parking lot because the lighting sucks in that they are barely lit. Its very dark. Its too bad about the Rite Aid, loved going in there for the Thriftys ice cream but it was one of the stores picked by the Corporation to be closed.
Ellen McGuire July 01, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Mary, McDonald's is removing the play yard in many of their locations. The reason is health & safety. locations with Ballpits have huge health & safety issues.Even though they try to keep them clean,it is losing battle.I worked for the company when the playlands were first installed & my son was a manager for McDonald's in recent years (not in Santee). They have found, bloody band-aids,dirty diapers,things that should have been inside the diaper,food,ect. This was in a well maintained location. The only way to clean the pit is to remove the balls,clean them with sanitizer & hose out the actual pit. It can not be done throughout the day,since it must dry out before children can play in there,again. If some little kid "loses their lunch" or poos in there,it's out of commision for at least the rest of the day. The tube structure is another problem,just an example...2-3yr old in there & a much larger 6-7yr old comes along,without even trying to hurt the little one,can slam right into the younger one sliding through the tubes.This is not even taking into consideration the parents who send their kids out there,without accompaning them (as required). Many locations have had problems of children showing up to play with no adult with them at all! The play yards have just become a huge headache for the owner-operators to maintain & the added insurance costs,in the current economy have just become too much for a small business owner to absorb!
Darleen July 01, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I agree with you there Erin.
Darleen July 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'll tell you who I think they should shut down is Cottonwood Dentistry. I had 6 appointments there and they were never at the scheduled time. Always 20 to 30 minutes late. I left them for another Dental facility. On my last visit there an elderly woman complained that she had to get a ride there and her driver left. Her appointment was for 9 a.m. and it was now 9:45 and she had not been seen. Poor thing was standing in the heat waiting for her driver for she cancelled the appointment and they charged her $25.00 for doing so the day of her scheduled appointment.They were the ones that were late not this poor woman. I too walked out and gave the woman a ride home. BTW I did not pay them a $25.00 fee. I told them if they can't be on time I did not need their services any longer.
Earlene July 01, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Yes, yes, we DO need a Trader Joe's here in Santee. I've written them a few times asking them to consider putting in one of their stores in Santee, but I was always given an excuse, etc. It would't hurt to try again, but I think they need several people telling them how they would welcome one of their stores in our town. They carry so many things you can't find in other grocery stores.
Earlene July 01, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Evan, I must clarify the basis of my opinion. I well know how large BevMo is and what they sell; however, I am a Christian, raised in church and married the preacher's son, and our religion does not believe in drinking alcohol. There are thousands and thousands of people who share no belief in a religion whatsoever who also do not drink or partake of alcohol in any form. As you say, you are entitled to your opinion and I just expressed mine. The empty store of Rite-Aid could best serve as a Trader Joe's or something which could serve everyone, not just those who purchase and use alcohol.
Earlene July 01, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Ellen, thanks for that explanation about the play structures being removed from McDonald's. It makes sense now that you've clarified so many reasons why they were removed. I can see that would be a giant problem for any establishment.
Earlene July 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Evan, Trader Joe's has exceptional food & many things that can't be found in other grocery stores. Much of their selection is organic & comparatively healthy compared to other places. They carry antibiotic & growth-hormone-free meat, milk, & other dairy foods. Often foods contain high-fructose corn syrup, food dyes, & other foreign things that should never be in food. I still look at labels, but I'm confident if I grabbed something on the run & didn't look until I got home, it would be OK for me to eat. They also introduce new foods from all around the world which I would never know about by shopping regular supermarkets. Moms today are looking for wholesome foods they can give their family, not something packed with preservatives, chemicals, dyes & high high calories. In any other major grocery store chain (excluding Whole Foods), 9 times out of 10, whatever I buy will contain an unhealthy ingredient. It's nice not to have to worry about this as I'm allergic to all preservatives & must read labels on packaging, otheriwse I wind up in the E.R. Their prices are very reasonable as well and even cheaper than many of the big grocery stores. P.S. - All the Christians I've known throughout my entire life do not drink alcohol. Now you're wondering what kind of church I attend? The Assembly of God Church known as "Pentecostals," & referred to as "Evangelicals." I don't condemn anyone for their choices as its hard enough to take care of the one typing this post.
Carol Ann July 01, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Yes, Erin! Santee is a VERY good location for a Trader Joe's. The La Mesa location is always crowded because it's the only location for the entire east county and parking is a joke! C'mon Santee - TRADER JOE'S!! (But I'll also take a BevMo!!)
Carol Ann July 01, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Wasn't it Jesus who turned water into wine??
just my opinion July 02, 2012 at 02:09 AM
There is a yardage town in El Cajon on Broadway.
Earlene July 04, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I heard something almost unthinkable today about McDonald's, Santee. Someone said there is a sign on their building which says they no longer serve breakfast in the morning, with the exception of weekends! WOW! Carl's, Jr., Burger King, Jack-In-The-Box, Wendy's and others ALL serve breakfast. I would think breakfast is a large portion of their profits, wouldn't you? And they enlarged the building for what?....to cut out breakfast? What are these people thinking? I'm sure their competition is laughing all the way to the bank.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Update on BevMo! coming to Santee- http://santee.patch.com/articles/beverages-and-more-coming-to-santee


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