Sports Authority Closure Not Fazing Stockton’s Economic Plans

Sports Authority Closure Not Fazing Stockton’s Economic Plans


I’M SURPRISED THAT SOMETHING SO PREVALENT AMONG UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP HAS GENERATED THIS REACTION, END QUOTE. SPORTS AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED THEY WILL CLOSE THEIR STORE IN STOCKTON AS PART OF THEIR BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS. THE STORE IS IN WEST PARK PLACE. THAT’S ON TRINITY PARKWAY. HOW WILL THIS CLOSING IMPACT STOCKTON BUSINESS. LEIGH MARTINEZ GOT ANSWERED. Reporter: WAITRESS NICOLE LATIAO WORKS AT ONE OF THE ONLY BUSINESSES IN WEST PARK PLACE. THE RESTAURANT IS SURROUNDED BY BIG BOX STORES. THE SPORTS AUTHORITY WILL CLOSE. JUST ONE RETAILER CLOSING DOESN’T GIVE HER MUCH A REASON TO WORRY, SAYS LATIAO. EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN HERE HAS BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME. I FEEL WE HAVE A GOOD TEAM HERE. Reporter: CUSTOMERS HOWEVER SAY THEY ARE SURPRISED. NORMALLY I JUST COME BY AFTER I PICK HIM UP FROM DAY CARE AND I HAVEN’T BEEN BY FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND NOW IT’S CLOSED. IT’S KIND OF A BIG DRAG. I WAS SURPRISED BECAUSE THIS LOOKS LIKE A VERY BUSY SHOPPING CENTER. STOCKTON’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ALSO ISN’T WORRIED. IF YOU’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT. SYSTEM WIDE SPORTS AUTHORITY NOT STOCKTON. THAT AREA IN PARTICULAR IS GOING TO BE GROWING. THERE’S ACTUALLY NOT THAT MUCH FREE SPACE IN THE PLAZA. JOANN FABRIC IS MOVING FROM A SMALL STORE INTO A BIGGER STORE. McDONALDS OUT THERE AND THEY’LL FIND A TENANT I THINK PRETTY CLOSELY. BECAUSE IT’S SLOWLY STARTING TO COME BY. Reporter: THE CITY OF COMMERCE SAYS IT’S ALREADY GIVEN SEVERAL TOURS TO POTENTIAL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE LAST YEAR. SIX RETAILERS AND GOOD FOOD KEEP SHOPPERS COMING BACK.

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