Dollar Tree will Open in Southampton Shopping Center

The discount chain will open in the Benicia shopping center next June.

A Dollar Tree is coming to Benicia.

Weingarten Realty announced Friday morning that the national chain would lease four small shop spaces in the Southampton Shopping Center.

“We are excited to bring a national tenant to Southampton Center to serve the residents of Benicia,” Gabe Hagemann, Area Vice President of Leasing for Weingarten Realty, said in a press release.  

The store, one of more than 4,600 Dollar Tree locations around the country, will open in June 1, 2013, the press release said.

The full press release follows:

Weingarten Realty announces Dollar Tree to back-fill four vacant spaces at Southampton Center

Benicia (Month, Day,2012) – Weingarten Realty (NYSE:WRI) announced today that Dollar Tree leased 7,350 square feet at the Southampton Center, located at Southampton Road at I-780.  Dollar Tree will back-fill four of the small shop spaces along I-780 bringing the center to 95.36% occupancy.

Dollar Tree is a national company with thousands of stores conveniently located across the 48 contiguous United States and 5 Canadian Provinces.   

Weingarten Realty welcomes the newest addition to join the center’s existing anchor tenant, Raley’s and other restaurants and service tenants.

“We are excited to bring a national tenant to Southampton Center to serve the residents of Benicia,” said Gabe Hagemann, Area Vice President of Leasing for Weingarten Realty.  We believe Dollar Tree is a great fit for the shopping center, as they add a great dimension to the merchandising mix of this community based shopping center.

 “Dollar Tree is proud to be joining the Benicia community,” said Bob Sasser, President and CEO. “We are pleased to work with Weingarten Realty and are looking forward to our June  2013 Grand Opening.”

Dollar Tree stores are open seven days a week , are bright, fun to shop, conveniently located, and offer an ever-changing assortment of merchandise at incredible values.

Dollar Tree is slated to open June 1, 2013.   Gabe Hagemann handled negations on behalf of Weingarten Realty.


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Aaron Nowling December 22, 2012 at 08:16 AM
A 100K income is nothing if 98% of it is being paid out in housing, food, child care,transportation,utilities, clothes, and taxes. Many of the 100K plus people are in debt up to their eyebrows. All one has to do is look at the housing foreclosures in Benicia.
Robert Livesay December 22, 2012 at 03:33 PM
The make up the residents determine who will come here. Along with income, wants, shopping habits etc. Somewhere along the line we residents have not been part of their show. If this city was so hot a shopping market do you not think Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and other stores would not be breaking down Econ Dev doors to try and find a location in Benicia. Guess what they are not and will not.
Aaron Nowling December 22, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Vallejo had a battle about locating a Super Walmart in a vacant lot full of weeds and trash. The elist there wanted a Trader Joes. Walmart decided not to continue the battle to locate there and now American Canyon is laughing all the way to the bank when they deposit their sales tax receipts. First of all, Dollar Tree buys close-outs which companies like Trader Joes could not sell and they usually buy them at 10% on the dollar. They then turn around and sell the close-out items at highly discounted prices. Also, Southampton is not a major shopping center, it is a strip mall type center. If one looks around, they will probably not find a Trader Joes located in a strip mall. Also, Benicia does not have the economic demographics to support a Trader Joes. I remember 25 years in a business located in Solano Square, a person came in looking for a camera and said Benicia needs a camera store. The clerk there told him Benicia cannot support a camera store for one sell a month.
Marlon Ostil December 22, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Agreed... we are in between three Trader Joes and if anything I thought we would do great w/ our own but ehhh... it is what it is. If we cant buy local then were buying in Concord or Vallejo.
Marlon Ostil December 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
They may not hire you Bobby but they can put your poems up in the FREE junk section.
Robert Livesay December 22, 2012 at 03:46 PM
How about White Christmas T unter. I think you will find that to be a very poplar Christmas song. Merry Christmas to all.
Robert Livesay December 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Sorry should be Gunter. Merry Christmas
Jason December 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Aaron, and yet Benicia has the highest median home price in Solano county by a lot, there is not a decent house to be had under $400k, and anything south of $750k goes under contract in a few weeks at the longest. We've been looking for a second rental property and its nigh impossible to find anything that wouldn't be rented by the kind of people who shop at dollar stores. Considering the housing market here, only 42% of households grossing over $100k sounds specious unless it ramps up quickly to something like 30% making over $200k.
Andre Bauman December 22, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Gee, are Benicians too good to utilize the Dollar Tree store? Just for your info, many people leave Benicia every day to seek out opportunities to buy what they need and get by on what they have to spend. Put away the haughtiness and understand that not all people shop at Trader Joe's and many need another option. If you have deep pockets, good for you, it not, climb down from the pinnacle and learn some humility and understanding.
Andre Bauman December 22, 2012 at 05:50 PM
If one bashes Vallejo, are you looking down your nose at others that have less? It's the Christmas season of love and togetherness....appreciate what you have and be thankful that people here who have less will benefit from this store. If the others had been supported financially, they would have been able to stay.
Marty December 22, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Consumer behaviour has the power. Weingarten will push their agenda for what works for them. Its up to us to show them what's important to us.
Faith December 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Sad that we judge others when a lot of us have so muchoto be thankful for this season and all year. Perhaps we need to elect new people in city management!!!!
Jason December 22, 2012 at 08:33 PM
No, I'm looking down my nose at gang bangers, drug dealers, thieves, rapists, murderers, and all manner of lowlifes which comprise such a sizable portion of Vallejo's population that the city is nationally renown for them.
Robert Livesay December 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Marty you have a point. But some where along the way the residents have not shown them what is important. Faith it is not city management. Benicia is #1 in Solano county. Go across the bridge and we would be no better than tenth. I love this city and like very much living here. We must be very careful to try not to make us out to something we are not. You hear folks comparing Benicia to Vallejo. I do not think the folks in Lafayette even think about Richmond let along compare themselves to Richmond. We are Benicia, a refinery town with only about 28,000 residents. We all love and should love it for what it is. It will get better but some zoning issues must be changed. If I was running Econ Dev I would help move B of A to a size they need and them go after a Trader Joes or some other up scale store for that site. Move KFC to another place and but in a Five Guys or In and Out. It can be done just takes someone with the know how. It will get there faster than you might think. In the mean time continue to support local stores. Merry Christmas to all. I will keep it quiet if any of you go out of town to Trader Joe's. It is ok.
kirk December 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The communities of Moraga, Sausalito, and Novato all have Dollar Trees
Ken Rose December 23, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Thanks Kirk for your logic.
Katherine J. Ellis December 23, 2012 at 07:42 AM
The Trader Joes in Fairifeld and Concord are both located in a 'strip mall'. And for those who have not shopped at Trader Joes, it is not for those who want to spend a lot of money-they are certainly competitive with Raleys and Safeway. I have been shopping there for years and have certain items I can only buy there. Their quality is great for the price.
Richard Bortolazzo December 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
For Trader Joe's to locate here, a couple of things have to happen. First, that organization (by the way, it is a German company, the same one that owns Peet's) must study the local market to see if opening here is economically feasible. Second, there must be a suitable location for the store to locate. My guess is that with their locations in Fairfield and Concord, they feel they serve our market adequately, as is evidenced by all the posts here by Benicians acknowledging shopping there. As for the locational issue, Benicia probably does not have a spot that is adequate for their use. The Seeno project out on 680, with its freeway frontage would have probably met their requirements. But that deal is gone, especially with all the trouble the Seenos have right now. But, with everybody driving over the bridge to shop, at least, we will adequate bridge tolls to pay for our lovely new bus stops downtown...
Kathleen Keady December 26, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Southhampton has no good restaurants or shops. Raley's is o.k. but does not feature many items that I could use. I understand that Trader Joe's would be competitive with Raley's, but surely Benicia could find a spot. As for a dollar store, yech! The only store I frequent and love is the nutrition store. Benicia needs to update itself. Kathleen Keady
Robert Livesay December 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Would any of you toss out or not shop at a variety store like the old five and dime stores. Most of you you were brought up on those stores. Now tell me they did not sell inexpensive items. They did and met a need. That is what Dollar Tree is doing. Get your nose out of the sky and face what we have in Benicia. A very nice place to live that I like very much. 10/15 minutes away from a mall expierence and also on line shopping. We all do it and seem to get along very well. Could Benicia use some other stores? Yes. But remember we have never supported them in the past. So you tell me how to satisfy those few that think Benicia is another Danville. Keep dreaming we are a suburb of Vallejo in south Solano County. So be it. I love it here and will do my best to support local stores.
Michelle Kye December 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
There is a Trader Joes and a Raleys in the Petaluma Plaza Shopping Center -- right next to each other. They seem to both do well, although Petaluma is a bigger city. The only spot, I think, Trader Joes could adequetely utilize in the Southampton Shooping Center would be the Goodwill's location. I have heard there are noncompetition clauses in Raley's contract, but I don't know if that is actually true.
Babaloo December 27, 2012 at 05:29 AM
i am sorry for your loss sir. but not for your bitterness. your cheap attack on the NRA and "assault weapons" where does that come from and what does that have to do with chrohns disease ? Remicade and Humera are treatments for chrohns. i am sorry for her.. i realize people with chrohns have a difficult time and can succumb to the illness. whch can manifest into toxic megacolon and the wasting syndromes. i feel for her and hope she may rest in peace. i hope you may heal as well. time will heal. but sometimes people need help with healing. go to church or seek professional help. i will say a prayer for you sir.
Babaloo December 27, 2012 at 05:36 AM
1. the people in Benicia generally do not shop in Benicia. they travel to Target in Pleasant Hill, Vallejo etc. Some do,, but there really is no selection. Ok we have a big O for tires, Safeway and Raley's.. We have ACE Hardware all fine estabishments. But the Resturaunts have much to be desired So what are we gonna do . ?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" December 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Carolina street, what a laugh!!! Last I heard you racist gave it an unofficial name called Nigger Hill!!! High Noon In Benicia There's a new sheriff in town and he’s aiming to get his due Watch out African Americans' Like his predecessor He's gunning for you He hails from Benicia Where his family resides In a pre-dominantly white city with pre-dominantly white crime with pre-dominantly white businesses that pre-dominantly don't hire Blacks You may disagree, until you check the facts Perhaps it is their modus operandi to put a stop to settling black roots by using the local constables to pick this low hanging fruit Benicians be proud of this local making it big never mind it was predicated on the backs of Benicias "NIGGS" So good luck Benicians May the new sheriff your fears he kill but I don't think so cause your Carolina Street is un-officially called "NI- - -R HILL"
Robert Livesay December 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Sorry Frances they were unable to get your fashion store K-Mart in the center. Space is not big enough. Whats with all your name calling. Have a bad Christmas. Did not get a gift card from K-Mart. How sad. Happy New Year Frances and keep an eye on your diet.
Frances Jackson December 31, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Actually, Scrooge,, had the best ever Holiday!!! Don't need to diet (slim and trim I am.) Here's w/the name calling, Your attack on a very well-meant comment I (and others) made some time ago when you were giving hell and four letter words to the Poets. Saw you then for what you were with nothing better to do than argue & name call w/really nice strangers in pain and otherwise. You were cruel and horrifying & L0...Livesay pops up again, so I allowed myself 20 secs. to spend in your loathsome company. I think K-Mart has been gone a long time. Wouldn't know. I like my Macy's coupons, thanks. I do love the Dollar Store in Pleasant Hill (not in So.Hampton) to buy a candy bar when I go to the movies in my Donald J. Pliners. Bye Lunatic. (Oh, I won't be back) Frances
Robert Livesay December 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Glad you will not be back. By the way what four letter words?
TW April 06, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I grew up in Benicia, moved away and now I'm back after 23 years. Our household makes $110,000 a year. We shop at the Dollar Store and I drive to Winco in Vacaville every two weeks to get groceries. (I save $250 a month on average for groceries shopping at Winco) Benicia is way too expensive. Too expensive to grocery shop, go to the dentist, go out to dinner, etc. When I was in school here it didn't cost $250 for a kid to play sports, we didn't pay to park our cars at the highschool and the school buses drove us to school. We also didn't have 50 million Vallejo kids in our highschool. I welcome a Dollar Tree to Benicia. We are a family on a budget and we need more options in our town. Benicia residents need to come of their perch and realize that not everyone in this town is rich, some struggle more than others and Benicia is not too good for a Dollar Store.
Aaron Nowling April 07, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Well stated TW. Why pay $5.00 for a birthday card, anniversary, or Christmas card when one can purchase them at a Dollar Tree for $1.00 or less.
AM April 08, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Kudos to you TW well said... Benicia residents do need to come off there perch. Personally I am excited to see a Dollar Store coming to our beautiful town of Benicia and all you moms out there what a great way to put affordable snacks when it's your snack day for your children's sport activities.


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