We do not need another retail area in San Juan Capistrano.

One more great shop closed this week in the Marshall's plaza. The Childrens Orchard provided a great place for gently used and new children's clothes, and furniture. A loss for our town. A few months ago the Funky Monkey, the artsy and second hand store also closed on Camino Capistrano across from Big Lots, near Wells Fargo Bank. I also stopped in to check for Christmas gifts at Capistrano Consignment, the store looks lovely, docorated for Christmas. But, the owner expressed concern that store exterior's, side walks and landscaping is not being maintained in town. Business is slow for the holiday season. In speaking to the owner about our town, she agreed we do not need more retail in our town. A nice boutique hotel would have increased foot traffic. If a survey was done relating to the need for more retail in our town, she was not contacted.  
Jonathan Volzke December 04, 2013 at 12:57 AM
We do need more retail in town. Studies show that. We do, however, have many second-hand stores. Property owners are entitled to determine how to use their property. A sad fact is that the majority of small businesses fail -- everywhere. But since you are so convinced the town needs a boutique hotel, Donna, I look forward to your support on the Urban Village hotel proposed for the former Birtcher Plaza.
Donna Fleming December 04, 2013 at 02:09 AM
JV Who did the study?
Gus Gunderson December 04, 2013 at 07:20 AM
If we needed more retail in town wouldn't the law of supply and demand have shown that the demand is there as the retail space is full? Or is it, the demand is not there because there is lots of empty retail space ?
Donna Fleming December 04, 2013 at 11:52 AM
JV.. Ask your wife where she shops in SJC? Women spend the money, at grocery stores, clothing for kids and family, furniture and decor for our homes. A Trader Joes in town would be great. and possibly a book store. We did not need a dollar store. And, Capistrano Consignment is not a second hand store.
Aaron Pluff December 04, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Another communist outlook. "studies show that" HA>>>people who do studies are not business owners. Hello, we live in a capitalist society. How else do you expect someone to achieve any American Dream? The consumer decides which businesses succeed and fail. Businesses come and go...the ones that survive are successful. also, if you own a business, and you are not happy with how the side walk looks, grab a broom....the same people that complain about traffic in their businesses are the ones who dont know about integrated marketing plans
Jonathan Volzke December 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Donna, if you'd taken time to read the plan instead of just criticizing it, you'd see it includes a "boutique grocery store." That typically is a Trader Joes, etc. Isn't the definition of a consignment store a shop that sells things on behalf of others, i.e., on consignment?
Donna Fleming December 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM
JV...you said a study was done. What study and by whom? Please give me the link? Again, JV ask your wife where she spends your $. You will get the best indicator. Just what we need one more study by the good ole boys to tell us we need a strip mall. First your referred to it as a study, now you referred to it as a plan. I should read the plan. A plan is something related to future, a study is based on historical facts. It cannot be both. Like, how much money was spent in SJC in 2012 and where? A plan is based on a historical facts.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 05, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Here's a follow-up article http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/owner-of-plaza-banderas-property-describes-new-project
Gus Gunderson December 07, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Aaron is right. You can do all the studies you want, but in a capitalistic market place if there is not a demand for people to purchase a product, businesses will not invest. No sense in building more vacant buildings.
CHK December 07, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I will miss The Children's Orchard terribly; I shop there often for my grandchildren and always have found wonderful things there to buy for them. I almost always shop locally and personally, I do not like going to a mall...it's much nicer to shop right here in SJC!
Donna Fleming December 07, 2013 at 04:27 AM
I prefer to shop in town too. From my perspective, we are missing a book store, a Trader Joes, and a hotel and B & B. I love having the Regency theatre here in town.
Angus Kevin Mckay December 07, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Frankly I am worried for most places in town, unless you are tj maxx or Ralphs. A few spots seem busy, but probably don't get much attention. Lets just say this, if you open a mom and pop shop in San Juan, good luck, because the places that are already here seem to be empty most of the time. Well everytime I drive by. What's up Pluff.
Donna Fleming December 07, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Angus you are very accurate on this one. The music store is gone. The Hallmark gift is gone. I can't count how many restaurants have come and gone. At one time we had a book store, long gone. Seven banks, two grocery stores. Two pharmacies-both rite aid. A hardware store. A paint store. A carpet/flooring designer store always empty. Two Coffee Houses, Several restaurants. One bar. The Swallows. Antiques and our Mission. I left out nail salons and hair dressers. And, not enough business.


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