|Published:||Jan 30, 2011 1:06 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 29, 2011 10:07 PM EST|
BONITA SPRING, Fla.-A major Bonita Springs retailer is closing it's doors for good.
"it was pretty much empty," said shopper Claudia Arevalo.
The Target off South Tamiami Trail in is Arevalo's store of choice to buy everything from the basic necessities to splurges. She often makes the drive several times a week, but today will be the last time.
"I will have to go the one that's on Immokalee, and that's farther away."
In a statement Target said: "(The store) is being closed after careful consideration of the long-term financial performance of this specific location."
The retailer didn't mention if the store was affected by other Targets nearby. Both the store at Coconut Point Mall and the one at Gulf Coast Town Center are less than ten miles from the closing down.
"As the new broom sweeps clean, the major malls are the ones that drawing them away," said Chuck Scariano, a real estate agent for Downing-Fry Reality."it will hurt the local community, since those are big draw stores, it will affect all businesses there.
Scariano says when Target closes its doors tonight, other businesses nearby may be forced to close their doors for good.
But the owner of Ristorante Enrico disagrees.
"the first two years were very bad because people didn't know me. Now a lot of people know me," said the owner.
Enrico Costallipza is counting on word of mouth and the big name grocery store next door to keep him afloat.
"Publix very busy," he said.
But the uncertainty has other other nearly businesses worried their shopping plaza may become another empty storefront.
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