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.