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Posted on May 22, 2017 at 8:42 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
I was officially notified that K-Mart will hold a “Going Out of Business Sale” from June 1, 2017 through July 30, 2017 with the store closing its doors at the end of business on July 30, 2017. This is unfortunate for such a long-standing anchor store that has been in the plaza for a long time. It is also very unfortunate for the many that will be losing their jobs come July 30, 2017.
This store closing, along with the 400 Xerox call center jobs that just moved to Irondequoit, just lessoned the job opportunities here in Webster which is never good. On a positive note, I have spoken to the plaza owner who tells me they have a couple prospects to fill the vacant space but was not at liberty at this time to give out any names of stores.
The Town of Webster, as members of the Webster Economic Development Alliance, will work closely with Director Matt Chatfield as we work with the plaza owner to do all we can to reopen this building as a new retail operation as soon as possible.
As times change, filling 60,000 square feet stores to 75,000 square feet big box brick and mortar stores is becoming very difficult because of the changing shopping habits of Americans. With Amazon offering one day delivery and more Webster residents doing shopping online, businesses are not inclined to build these big box stores any longer. Why keep millions of dollars in inventory and employees’ when people will buy online saving the business a mountain of money? Shopping habits are changing and so are the ways Webster residents are going to buy merchandise in the future.
The best way here in Webster to solve this problem is to have many small businesses open in Webster which normally retain employees for longer periods of time. Small business is the corner stone of economic development, and I have heard that there are many new small businesses opening in the Village in the coming months.
A couple of well established business in Webster have already relayed to me that they want to down size their stores to less square footage because their online sales make up more of their business then foot traffic in to their stores. So this trend of closing stores is not, unfortunately, going to cease anytime soon.
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Ronald W. Nesbitt