Marshalls plans $926,000 makeover for new store in Santa Cruz

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Construction crews have begun work on a $926,000 project for discount retailer Marshalls at the former Circuit City store at 1664 Commercial Way.
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Since: May 08

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ex driver wrote:
I agree with the positives as expressed in the article EXCEPT for a requirement to force busineses to hire locals only. That is guaranteed to drive away business. And, construction is temporary employment.
The Scream is right that we should have manufacturing to support long term, local jobs.
Textiles (clothing, towels, linens) cost roughly the same today - at stores like Target or Ross or Marshalls - as they did when they were made in the USA 30 years ago. Do you want to pay $50 for a regular bath towel? I sure don't.

Labor costs are far less in other countries than they are here. As they pull themselves up, economically, we can buy their goods cheaper than we can make them. Do you really want to go back to the days when American made goods were about the only choice? Maybe you're wealthy and you can afford it. I sure can't.
Local Cat

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#25
Sep 8, 2010
 
They wouldn't need to remodel anything if they went into the old Gottschalks.
svs

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jon wrote:
28,ooo sq ft completely gutted going to get a complete makeover for only $926,000 seems like a good deal
how come it costs 5-10 million to give a firehouse a makeover?
or 30 millon to makeover scotts valley middle school?
Duh! Think there's maybe a little more that goes into the building of schools and firehouses??!!!!Yes, "government" has a lot of waste, but then if our schools were not built just perfectly, ya'll would be complaining about that too!!!

And besides all that, whether they put in a Marshall's, a Target or what ever, it does still mean jobs for people. Are we going to start having border guards on the county lines to keep people from coming in and "taking our jobs" from us locals?? Guess a lot of people who work over the hill and live here should be stopped at Summit Road by the Santa Clara County authorities!!
Lowest Prices Always

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Sep 8, 2010
 
Abraham wrote:
I hope they hire local, legal workers at livable wages.
This would have been a good site for the Sheriffs or Fire department.
Close to the freeway and Soquel Dr as well as the hospital.
Could put the Bus yard here too.
Buy Local.
Buy local goods.
Local, legal workers at living wages? Are you nuts or naive?

Remember when America used to be run by Mom & Pop stores that met the needs of the market?

They were able to work hard & create a sustainable middle class lifestyle, raise a family & buy a house. They were the backbone of U.S. society & no company or outfit was any more important than any other.

Later, as America lost its moral compass, the "too big to fails" took over Congress with lobbyists, and they received special treatment & bigger tax breaks, especially when they off-shored millions of U.S. jobs all for the sake of the bottom line.

There's a positive feedback loop in concentrating wealth & political power; the more money one acquires, the more political power they can purchase, which enables the accumulation of even more wealth as the state/financial elites shower each other with benefits.

Now we're left with a two-tiered society: the have's & the have nots.

Today, Mom & Pop work at Wal-Mart, with zero health insurance, are paid a butt low wage stocking shelves at 2 am & live in Section 8 Housing. They're incomes are in fact so low that they qualify for ultra low income health care all paid for not by Wal-Mart but by the tax payers themselves. Pretty sweet deal.

Just imagine, making my last point, is if people were offered a living wage, maybe they wouldn't need to buy garbage that will only last one year made in China at big box stores.

I say reinvest in your community, those are the people who are your neighbors, not the "too big to fails" who are depending on you to purchase their cheap crap so they can send their kids on safaris every summer to Kenya.
SkiSanger

Campbell, CA

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#28
Sep 8, 2010
 
$42 an hour for a cement worker and you wonder why he didn't call you? Really? Have you heard about the recession and the high unemployment rate?
Soquel Local

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Just what we need, another Chinese outlet store selling marginally safe goods at prices below cost that will last barely six months.

Here's an idea: STOP BUYING SO MUCH JUNK THAT YOU DON'T NEED!
Billy Bones

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Sep 8, 2010
 
Give Us A Discount wrote:
What we need is a Big Lots,
and a 99 Cent store which is like Dollar Tree but with more and better stuff.
Yes! I want those too!

I want, actually need a .99 cent store to support my .99 cent "living wage".

I'm just trying to live within my limits.
Hot Biscuits

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Hmmmmm Slatter and Swenson USE LOCAL WORKERS but they get painted as villians by the liberals of Santa Cruz. Who's the sicko?
Edward

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#32
Sep 8, 2010
 
Just remember when you hire "local", make sure the person is from a reputable business. Otherwise, if you hire a local "contractor" and the job is done wrong, you'll just be left with a bunch of headaches.
Give Us A Discount

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Give Us A Discount wrote:
What we need is a Big Lots,
and a 99 Cent store
which is like Dollar Tree but with more and better stuff.
Wow....a lot of heat against that recommendation.
How come?

How about a Wal Mart then?

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