A decades-long staple of Santa Clara, the Safeway store located in the Valley Fair Shopping Center, is set to shut its doors permanently in November. The decision was followed due to the increase in competition and financial difficulties faced by the store, as confirmed by a Safeway spokesperson in a recent SFGate report.
Having faithfully served the Santa Clara community for 67 years, the announcement of the store's impending closure garnered noticeable attention within the neighborhood. Community reactions reflected a variety of sentiments, while concerns arose about the local economic climate. Safeway has assured that their employees will have the opportunity to shift to other locations, with other Safeway stores within reach in Santa Clara County.
The closure being is a symptom of challenges that legacy businesses encounter within the modern retail environment. Similarly, Safeway previously shut down a San Francisco location, with reasons mirroring the present closure as reported in the SFGate article.
Presently, no future plans have been disclosed regarding the soon-to-be vacant space by a spokesperson for the Westfield Valley Fair.