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Aaron Brothers closes in Gateway center

By From page A3 | March 05, 2014

FAIRIFELD — Aaron Brothers has closed its arts and framing store in the Gateway Courtyard shopping center.

The store was one of the original tenants of the center and its 10-year lease had expired, Fairfield Senior Economic Development Project Manager Karl Dumas said. It didn’t reach an agreement to stay, he said.

Officials with Aaron Bros. couldn’t be reached Tuesday for comment. A sign in the door refers customers to stores in Concord and Berkeley. Aaron Brothers is owned and operated by Michaels Stores Inc.

Dumas said turnover among the original tenants of a shopping center once an initial lease is up isn’t unusual. It happens in Fairfield, Vacaville, Vallejo, Dixon, Sacramento, San Jose or wherever, he said.

Aaron Brothers leased 6,800 square feet, he said. These smaller spaces are easier to lease than a 32,000-square-foot space for an anchor tenant in today’s economy, he said.

“You have more businesses that have the smaller footprint than have the large ones,” Dumas said.

Fairfield economic development officials help market vacant retail space, he said.

“We’re very active on it,” Dumas said. “We work with the owners of the centers, as well as directly with retailers.”

Potential users have looked at the Aaron Bros. site, Dumas said. No lease signing announcement has yet been made, he said.

Cost Plus World Market, another original Gateway Courtyard Shopping Center tenant, also did not renew its lease. It closed its store at the end of January and opened a store in Vacaville.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Suisun1March 05, 2014 - 8:14 am

    No more BIG BOX. We have enough already. We need to move beyond the "take what you can get" attitude for tenants and bring in employers and retailers who bring good LIVING wage jobs. Personally, I'd rather shop at Fairfield or Suisun Main St.

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  • P.J.March 05, 2014 - 9:33 am

    I simply cannot understand how Vacaville has managed to attract so many stores in so many areas while Fairfield keeps loosing out. Sadly, I have to go to Vacaville or Vallejo for fabric. I heard a rumor that Barnes and Nobles will likely be next. Any truth to that"??

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  • B. ThiemerMarch 05, 2014 - 10:44 am

    That leaves four large retail spots vacant in Gateway plaza (the temporary furniture store is going away). Are the lease rates and terms cost prohibitive to potential lessors?

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