Closed shops on the 600 block of State Street

Paul Wellman

Closed shops on the 600 block of State Street

State Street Vacancies Still Concerning, But Hope May Be on the Horizon

In their third quarterly report of 2018, Hayes Commercial Group stated that retail on State Street continues to suffer. Within the past six months, 17 storefronts were impacted by tenant departures, making for 37 total vacancies along State Street.

Santa Barbara’s overall commercial vacancy rate of six percent is the highest it’s been since 2012. According to the report, this quarter marks a “higher vacancy than at any point during or in the wake of the Great Recession.”

The news, however, is not all bad. For instance, some vacancies have been filled by temporary pop-up stores. There have also been rumors of Amazon moving into the former Saks Building.

The report conveys that while the number of empty storefronts are alarming, the “retail core is not stagnant.” Within the past 12 months, there have been 23 transactions of retail spaces in the downtown area.

New tenants and experimental fixes show State Street might be getting back on track, the report concludes. Progress could be on the horizon.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Solar Wing’ Builders’ Building Changes Hands

Landlords swap around for Goleta Old Town company on Mars InSight mission.

Work on Carpinteria Section to Close 101

Wednesday and Thursday overnight closures will alternate in both directions.

Pledge of Allegiance Is Back at SBCC Board Meetings

Unruly City College meeting raises unaddressed racial tensions.

Women’s March Organizes Against Emergency Declaration

Grass-roots groups to hold protests on Presidents' Day.

Caltrans Estimates 154 Will Open Mid-March

Repairs ongoing at a cost of $2.2 million after Whittier Fire debris blocks culvert.