It isn't just the TargetExpress store, it's the larger impact that it will have on our community.
We are at risk of losing the unique and charming personality of our quaint neighborhood; the very reason that South Park has attracted many of its residents and why it has been featured in magazines.
Chains like Target attract more chains. This drives up rents and pushes small, independent stores out.
Target will be occupying the largest building in the heart of South Park, drastically changing its character.
South Park is one of the only places in San Diego free from large chains. There are plenty of Targets, there's only one South Park.
There are already plans for a 5,000 sq ft building on the same lot that has been marketed to fast food chains and large banks.
Many large chains have been stopped from opening in neighborhoods, even after leases have been signed. Target can easily break the lease if there is enough community opposition.
Target representatives stated that it's not a done deal at the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee meeting on 10/8
They still haven't submitted their application for renovation permits to the city. In fact, they announced on 2/2/15 that they have postponed their opening date from July to October 2015.
Local grocery stores (Barons and People's) have been and still are interested in the location, despite what the property owner has said.
Studies show that large chains to do not increase business to nearby stores with non-competing products, but can actually reduce their sales.
Large chains drive up rents, which results in squeezing many independent stores out. This has happened in numerous communities including Brooklyn, Santa Monica, Malibu, & New Orleans.
There is plenty of evidence across the country showing the negative effects of large chains on small businesses. Why would South Park be immune?
Local stores put a much larger share of their sales revenue back into the local economy, while chains siphon most of the dollars spent at their stores out of the community. A study from the research firm Civic Economics found that "local retailers return an average of 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared with just 14% percent for the chain retailers. Similarly, the local restaurants re-circulate an average of 79% of their revenue locally, compared to 30% for the chain eateries."
Target has stated that they expect residents who currently shop at the full-sized Target will continue to do so since they are planning on having a limited product selection (but only about 40% will be groceries). Wouldn't an independent grocery store be more convenient?
People are attracted to South Park because of its unique character, not because it's convenient. The uniqueness of South Park shouldn't be sacrificed for the convenience of generic chain store products.
Target in Mission Valley is only 4.5 miles away, CVS & Walgreens are only 1.5 miles away, downtown is only 2.5 miles away.
Target has stated that they are not willing to formally agree to any promises they have made. If Target really plans on fulfilling their promises, why wouldn't they be willing to formally agree to them?
A Target representative stated that the reason they have been coming here is due to their concern over the petition.
When asked about possible negative effects the TargetExpress might have on the neighborhood, a Target representative stated "sometimes corporations ruin things."
Why should one trust large retailers when there has been a poor record of trust, so poor that the State of California is auditing the City of San Diego.
Not only is 7 Eleven a franchise, but it is much smaller and therefore less prominent than the Gala site.
7 Eleven doesn't have a record of attracting other chains.