Over 100 West Sacramento job cuts come following the closure of two anchor stores in a local shopping center.
A Safeway Inc. store and a Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG) store will shutter this month, leaving over 100 people without jobs as shopping malls across the U.S. continue to falter.
The stores were located in the West Capitol Plaza shopping center. Safeway had opted not to renew its lease.
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon released a statement regarding the store closings:
We are disappointed to see Safeway leave but looking forward to working with new businesses to consider this prominent location near the future street car stop. We are working closely with the property broker to market the Safeway and Big Lots spaces to other retailers. The property is zoned Central Business District, which allows a mix of retail, commercial, office and residential uses.
Shopping malls across the country have faced difficult times in recent years as the explosion of e-commerce and online shopping has stripped them of many of their clientele. Consumers who prefer to get their shopping done online have increased over the past few years, leaving malls with fewer and fewer shoppers.
The West Sacramento job cuts are therefore part of a larger trend where traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are finding it hard to maintain so many locations across the country as many of them fall into unprofitability.
The West Sacramento job cuts are not the only impact of these changes that are hitting Americans’ shopping habits; people within the community that rely on certain stores like local grocers are finding themselves with increasingly diminishing options as more locations shutter in the wake of the “retail apocalypse,” as many analysts have begun terming the shift away from retailers to e-commerce.
Retailer companies, meanwhile, are still searching out an effective means to deal with the pressure of online shopping, with many having yet to find a suitable solution.
“Safeway, Big Lots stores closing in West Sacramento shopping center,” The Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2018.