The Orange County Health Care Agency has announced that its huge vaccination site at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event center in Costa Mesa will close on June 6th. The closing is due to a big drop in demand for vaccinations at all four of the mega vaccination sites which have seen a 75 percent drop in visitors since April.
The other mega vaccine sites closing June 6th are at the Anaheim Convention Center, Soka University and Santa Ana College the Orange County Health Care Agency will then switch to mobile units for neighborhoods or communities.
The last K Mart location left in Orange County in Costa Mesa at Harbor and Wilson is closing down and, is now holding a liquidation sale as the once mighty retailer leaves Orange County. The home of the blue light specials up until 1990 was the second largest retailer in the United States after Sears until Walmart past it in November of that year.
I remember going to the Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley locations in the mid eighties and, the stores were very busy but as eighties became the nineties the stores looked exactly the same, no money was spent on remodeling the stores which looked dated as well as starting to deteriorate. The company lost focus as it was more interested in opening Builders Square (Hardware Store) and Waldenbooks locations instead of keeping their core K Mart stores competitive.Yes Walmart overtook and, started beating them nationally but in Orange County it was Target and Home Depot that took market share from them as they opened more stores across the county followed later by the likes of Marshall’s and TJ Max the decline was well under way by the time Walmart had a real presence in Orange County.
In the early nineties things looked a little better for K Mart as changed its logo and brought in celebrity exclusive lines such as Martha Stewart, Kathy Ireland and former Charlies Angel Jaclyn Smith but 2002 K Mart started closing down stores until finally the once mighty retailer was in bankruptcy and then closed more stores. Hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert purchased a controlling share of the company and in 2004 put it together with Sears which he owned a big chunk of the now also struggling Sears under the name Sears Holding Company. The two stores continued to operate under their individual names but both continued to keep closing stores and selling off assets.
In the last year the K Mart in Costa Mesa was put up for sale on a real estate website so it was just a matter of time before the Harbor and Wilson location would close. I work close to the K Mart and have gone in the last year the appliance, garden, jewelry counters and electronics departments were closed a while ago. The merchandise in the store was stretched out to make the store look fuller the few remaining customers were helped by a skeleton crew.
Its sad to see a once mighty brand disappear from Orange County but this was many years coming and, in many ways the location stayed open much longer than expected so hopefully the employees being laid off have made other plans already.
A Earth Day Festival is taking place this weekend on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th at Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The event will help people learn more about the environment as well as how to be kinder to our fragile planet.
The event plans to have activities fir adults and kids if you might be interested its being held at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa for more information call (714) 556-2787 or check out the website at scfta.org
If you have the shopping urge and, maybe you have gotten your COVID shot after months of hibernation i do have some shopping news for you; South Coast Plaza has extended its hours as things get back to more normal. Now the huge shopping center is open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.
Yes you have to wear a mask and social distance into protocols are in place but at least its back to some as semblance of normal. The mall has over 245 stores and a total of 2,800,000 square feet of retail space making it one of the largest malls in the country so you should find something interesting.
3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
The recent news that the Orange County Fair will take place in person this year also comes with the announcement that seasonal workers for the fair are being hired. The OC Fair & Events Center is hiring workers for the fair which is due to take place July 16th through August 15th.
The positions available are varied but include positions such as admissions, parking, security, landscape crew, maintenance crews, or janitorial just to name some of the available positions. To apply you have to be 16 or older and virtual interviews as well as orientations are going to be used.
If you are hired you will get free entry to the Orange County Fair as well the ability to purchase discounted tickets for friends and family. Employees will have to follow all the COVID safety requirements that we all have become used too.
To apply or for more information visit the OC Fairs Website ocfair.com/jobs