Several Businesses Shut Down in Natomas

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NATOMAS --

Plans for Natomas to grow and bring in more residents move forward with hotels, schools and restaurants in the works, but some business closures and the Sacramento Kings moving to the Golden 1 Center may create concerns about how profitable the area is.

The Promenade shopping center in Natomas is one area that's seen a huge decrease in store occupancy, according to the Chamber of Commerce. In 2016 alone, three stores including Pier 1 Imports, Justice and Mimi's Cafe have all closed their doors.

According to Chamber President Danielle Marshall, the community isn't to blame.

"Locations such as Mimi's, they closed Southern California locations before they closed here, it's a regional thing, it's not Natomas specific."

The closures do also have to do with low performance at the stores, which Pier 1 interim manager Lauren Adkins said isn't a surprise.

"If you're not going to Target there's no reason to come down this way, which is unfortunate because there are a lot of good businesses here," she said.

The Sacramento Kings leaving the Sleep Train Arena for the Golden 1 Center will likely hurt businesses, according to Marshall. But she said she thinks the future of Natomas is bright.

Since December, 10 new stores have opened in the area, but it's up to residents to keep businesses moving forward.

"It's important for the community to stay involved and engaged and shop here, dine here, plan activities here to make sure we're able to support those businesses that are here now," said Marshall.