Despite major retail closures, small businesses in San Antonio growing
SAN ANTONIO - The closure of major retail stores across the county is having a positive impact on small businesses in the Alamo City.
“We grow every year, we keep a steady growth,” says Gabriela Rios, Owner of Sposa Bella on the Northwest Side
The store on Babcock has been around for 7 years.
Rios says she's recently seen an uptick in customers even with the growth of online shopping.
“It's not always what they expect we hear a lot from brides that they are trying to shop small just kind of everything going in that direction," adds Rios.
Rios also says some brides also coming from major retail stores like Alfred Angelo which suddenly closed its doors on Thursday.
“It's very sad to hear. We did have brides come in already that were working with that company.”
Other big retailers that have announced store closures, include JCPenny, Macy’s and Sears.
“That means people are getting laid off or losing their job,” says C. LeRoy Cavazos-Reyna, Vice President of Government Affairs, with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Jobs may be lost, but small businesses in San Antonio are also growing according to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Small businesses are the backbone of this community. San Antonio has over 40,000 thriving small businesses,” adds Cavazos –Reyna.
They play a big role even in the era of online shopping.
“One of the trends is that people are not keeping up technology in the corporate space and a lot of people have resorted to shopping online,” says Cavazos-Reyna.
It’s a worry costing money and heartbreak, but boutiques like Sposa Rosa are staying positive.
Impression Bridal San Antonio is wanting to help brides affected by the Alfred Angelo closures.