Family Dollar, which has occupied 8,500 square feet of space in the Orchard Mall at 655 Tucker Road for nearly 10 years, will close on April 23.
With a mix of name brands and private label products, the store offers groceries and a range of other products including cleaning products, beauty and personal care items and pet supplies .
When the store opened in June 2012, it was part of the North Carolina-headquartered Family Dollar Company, which has more than 7,000 stores in 45 states.
In July 2015, competitor Dollar Tree announced the acquisition of Family Dollar, creating a combined organization with over 13,600 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces.
Tehachapi’s Dollar Tree store, located at 844 Tucker Road, remains open, as do Family Dollar stores in California City, Mojave and Rosamond.
The Walmart Supercenter across Tucker Road from Family Dollar opened in August 2019, just months after Family Dollar completed a renovation – adding new freezers, food selections, products beauty and essentials, household products, seasonal items and $1 Dollar Tree merchandise.
But Corey Costelloe, deputy city manager and director of economic development for the town of Tehachapi, said he doesn’t believe Walmart was a factor in Family Dollar’s shutdown.
“Studies have shown that discount dollar stores have a much more negative impact on local community businesses than Walmart – in fact, all of our regular grocers like Albertsons and Save Mart are doing very well thanks to the presence from Walmart,” he said. “Seeing Family Dollar close is not unexpected given that they had one of the lowest numbers of customer visits among Family Dollar stores in the state – their issues obviously far outweighed Walmart’s presence. “
Prior to housing Family Dollar, the Orchard Mall space housed Trader Bo’s, On Board and Home Consignation.
Costelloe said he believes the space will find a new tenant.
“While the square footage of the store is relatively small and difficult when it comes to finding a replacement tenant, we believe that our desirable retail area of over 215,000 and our revenue levels will attract a more suitable tenant to meet our needs. our retail needs as a community,” he mentioned.
Family Dollar stores employ between six and 10 people and Tehachapi employees will have the option of transferring to other stores, a store manager said.
The store is holding a clearance sale. All sales are final and only cash will be accepted.
Another longtime local retail store recently closed after moving from the northwest corner of Tucker Road and Valley Boulevard to an Old Town shopping center.
RadioShack, first owned by John and Judy Rombouts and located at The Stockyard, opened in the early 1970s. According to Christine Rombouts, their daughter and former Tehachapi News editor, they sold it to Mike and Sunny Gilbert who moved it to a location on Curry Street.
Then in 1988 Ted and Chelley Kitzmiller purchased the franchise and in 2008 moved the business to the main corner of Tucker and Valley. Chelley Kitzmiller died in November 2016. According to her Facebook post, George Green of Auburn purchased the business in August 2021. In late September, the location in the city was closed and in early November, the new owner announced a “soft opening” at Great Oaks Plaza on Valley Boulevard west of Woodford-Tehachapi Road. But in February, the store was reported closed.
Sales tax revenue
Retail operations are important to the city in part because they generate sales tax revenue.
Although the sales tax rate in the city is currently 7.25%, the city receives only a portion of it, with most revenue going to the state and a portion to a county transportation fund. .
Over the past 10 years, the city’s sales tax revenue has nearly doubled. But stores such as Family Dollar, RadioShack and Walmart aren’t the only source of sales tax revenue. Purchases from online retailers made by city residents also generate revenue for the city.
According to the latest city budget, sales tax revenues over the past 10 years were 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 Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be contacted by email: [email protected]