In what was described as a “gut-wrenching decision,” the Santa Barbara Scolari’s Market, 222 N. Milpas St., will close within the next two months, company officials said Thursday.
In a news release from the company’s Nevada headquarters, Joey Scolari, co-owner with his brother, Jerry, said, “The economic downturn hit us hard as far back as 2009, but we put off taking this action as long as we could because of the negative impact on people’s lives.”
Scolari’s Food & Drug Co. said it also is planning to close stores in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, but will continue to operate 14 stores in Nevada.
“Our family has been in business here since the late 1940s, but there comes a time as a business owner that you have to face the reality of your situation,” Jerry Scolari said.
The closure on Milpas comes as the UK-based Fresh & Easy market just up the street from Scolari’s plans a May 1 opening.