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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