Haggens will now close the rest of their stores as more and more grocery stores around the city of Chula Vista go vacant. An Albertsons in Rolling Hills Ranch closed last year, Fresh and Easy closed two stores and now Haggens will be closing all of their stores.
Vacant grocery stores cause a lot of problems. As anchor tenants, they affect the rest of the businesses in that location since the empty stores no longer draw people there. These empty shells are eyesores that affect property values, plus their former customers must now drive (or walk) much farther to get their food – not to mention the fact that the city loses tax revenue.
No store is more important than a local grocery store. If the city really cared about its residents, it would do all that is in its power to get these stores replaced with other grocery stores.
Politicians claim during their election campaigns that they’re going to create jobs and city staff claims that they have an economic development plan for the future. All well and good but they are mere promises when what is needed is action.