Sean Dunn closes the doors of Alpha Thrift’s downtown digs for the last time Sunday evening, bringing to an abrupt conclusion Alpha’s 39-year presence on State Street. According to Dunn, Alpha was chased out of downtown by prohibitive rents, and will soon open a new and bigger space in Goleta on Hollister Avenue near Kellogg. Dunn said Alpha was paying $28,500 per month for its quarters in the 1100 block of State Street, but then landlord Jim Knell of SIMA Corporation wanted more than $40,000 per month to extend the store’s lease. When Alpha relocated from the 600 block of State Street 10 years ago, its rent was $11,500. There were no farewell festivities to mark Alpha’s passing from the downtown scene. “It was too depressing and we were too sad to do that,” said Dunn. “We’d rather do something when we open in Goleta.”
Originally published 12:00 p.m., July 27, 2006
Updated 2:43 p.m., August 17, 2006
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