Retail changes: Family Dollar to shutter April 23; RadioShack closed | News

Robert Hundley

Household Dollar, which has occupied 8,500 sq. feet of area in the Orchard Procuring Middle at 655 Tucker Road for virtually 10 many years, will near April 23.

With a mix of title brand names and private brand name items, the retailer carries groceries and a vary of other items together with cleaning materials, elegance and personal care merchandise and pet supplies.

When the keep opened in June 2012, it was component of the Family Dollar organization headquartered in North Carolina with additional than 7,000 suppliers in 45 states.

In July 2015, competitor Greenback Tree announced the acquisition of Household Dollar, producing a mixed business with more than 13,600 shops throughout 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

Tehachapi’s Greenback Tree keep, found at 844 Tucker Highway, continues to be open, as do Loved ones Dollar stores in California City, Mojave and Rosamond.

The Walmart Supercenter positioned across Tucker Street from Relatives Dollar opened in August 2019, just months immediately after Spouse and children Greenback finished a transforming — adding new freezers, foodstuff options, natural beauty items and necessities, residence items, seasonal products and $1 Dollar Tree merchandise.

But Corey Costelloe, assistant town manager and economic progress director for the metropolis of Tehachapi, said he doesn’t think Walmart is a variable in Relatives Greenback closing.

“Studies have demonstrated that discounted dollar merchants are far more negatively impactful to regional community organization than Walmart — in truth, all of our frequent grocers like Albertsons and Help save Mart are doing very properly as the end result of Walmart’s existence,” he stated. “To see Household Dollar close is not unforeseen thinking about they experienced a single of the lowest amount of shopper visits amongst Relatives Greenback outlets in the condition — their challenges naturally far exceeded Walmart’s presence.”

Just before housing Family members Greenback, the place in the Orchard Procuring Heart was household to Trader Bo’s, On Board and Dwelling Consignment.

Costelloe reported he thinks the room will locate a new tenant.

“While the shop square footage is relatively modest and challenging when it arrives to discovering a substitute tenant, we feel our fascinating trade place of more than 215,000 and our cash flow amounts will catch the attention of a additional suitable tenant to meet up with our retail demands as a group,” he mentioned.

Loved ones Greenback retailers use concerning six and 10 individuals and Tehachapi staff will have an option to transfer to other outlets, a retail store manager reported.

The retail outlet is keeping a liquidation sale. All product sales are final and only hard cash will be accepted.


Yet another lengthy-time local retail store closed not too long ago right after relocating from the northwest corner of Tucker Street and Valley Boulevard to a shopping center in Aged Town.

RadioShack, 1st owned by John and Judy Rombouts and positioned in The Stockyard, opened in the early 1970s. According to Christine Rombouts, their daughter and a previous editor of Tehachapi Information, they bought it to Mike and Sunny Gilbert who moved it to a spot on Curry Road.

Then, in 1988, Ted and Chelley Kitzmiller purchased the franchise and in 2008 moved the business to the key corner at Tucker and Valley. Chelley Kitzmiller died in November 2016. In accordance to his Fb article, George Inexperienced of Auburn bought the business enterprise in August 2021. In late September the area in the town was shut down and in early November the new proprietor announced a “soft opening” in Fantastic Oaks Plaza on Valley Boulevard west of Woodford-Tehachapi Street. But by February the shop was reported shut.

Income tax profits

Retail functions are vital to the city in element for the reason that they produce sales tax earnings.

Whilst the profits tax fee in the city presently is 7.25 p.c, the metropolis will get only part of that with most of the earnings heading to the condition and some going to a county transportation fund.

Over the past 10 several years, the city’s product sales tax earnings has just about doubled. But merchants these kinds of as Family Dollar, RadioShack and Walmart aren’t the only resource of income tax revenue. Buys from on line vendors produced by city people also develop earnings for the city.   

According to the city’s newest spending plan, gross sales tax income more than the previous 10 yrs was as follows:

• 2011/12 — $1,814,353

• 2012/13 — $1,842,393

• 2013/14 — $1,986,771

• 2014/15 — $1,957,100

• 2015/16 — $2,083,650

• 2016/17 — $2,453,186

• 2017/18 — $2,698,641

• 2018/19 — $3,262,346

• 2019/20 — $3,078,646

• 2020/21 — $3,693,947

Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist and former editor of the Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be arrived at by e-mail: [email protected].

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