Store workers may lose jobs if Chargers bolt SD

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 08:29:26-05

SAN DIEGO -- For now, Charger fans are holding out hope that their team stays in San Diego, but some fans also need the team to stay because it appears their job depends on it.

At the store Sports Fan at Westfield Mission Valley mall, Chargers gear is going 2-for-the-price-of-1. It's the first time the decades-old store has ever offered Chargers apparel -- traditionally its best seller -- at such a deep discount.

Fan Moises Sanchez bought a hat and beanie for $37 on Monday.

"Even if they move, I'll be a Charger fan," he told 10News.

The store has everything from Chargers helmets to slippers to Legos.

"You name it, as long as it has a bolt on it, we've probably got it," said store manager Jared Bremseth.

But that's turned into a problem, as Bremseth said the team's losses on the field and the threat of relocation are hitting sales.

"Uncertainty crept back into the fans' minds, and here we are today," he said.

It's even more uncertain for the employees of Sports Fan. If the team leaves, Sports Fan may close one of its six county locations. That means up to 10 workers could soon be unemployed.

"The NFL looks at it as a billion-dollar business for them, but for us it's a million-dollar business, and some of us are going to be out of jobs soon," Bremseth said.

Bremseth said Sports Fan is stuck with the gear, even if the Chargers rebrand or change their logo.

"And hopefully it doesn't happen," said Bremseth, who is also a Chargers season ticket holder.

Meanwhile, it was business as usual at the Chargers team store at Quaclomm Stadium on Monday. A few fans turned out at the store looking for discounts, but the store was not having any sales.