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  • Chamber Statement on Closure of Sears

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber was disappointed to learn today that Sears, which has been a long-time anchor for the Santa Maria Town Center, has been targeted for closure by its parent company. “We are disappointed that the owners of Sears have made the decision to leave our community, where they have had a loyal and supportive customer base,” said Glenn Morris, president & CEO of the Chamber. “Our first concern is to provide support for the employees of the store and have begun working with the Workforce Development Board to identify resources that can be made available to help these individuals find new jobs right away. Additionally, our Economic Development team will work closely with the building owners, the Town Center management, and the City of Santa Maria to identify potential new tenants for the space.”

    Suzanne Singh, Economic Development Director for the Chamber said, “Santa Maria continues to see growth in retail activity and we’re confident that there are companies who will see this as an opportunity for them to expand or enter a growing regional market.” She added, “We have a great relationship with the management team at the Town Center and have found them to be very community oriented, so we will work with them to find a solution that works well for the Santa Maria Valley.”

    Glenn Morris, President & CEO
    805.925.2403 x825

    Suzanne Singh, Economic Development Director
    805.925.2403 x817

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