A new Applebee's along Auburn Boulevard will open on Wednesday, according to a company executive.

Citrus Heights Applebee’s opens Dec. 23, raises $1,941 for charity

Updated Dec. 27, 2:04 a.m.–
A new Citrus Heights Applebee’s restaurant in front of the Auburn Boulevard Costco store opened its doors to the general public for the first time on Wednesday with 806 diners served, according to a company spokesperson.

An invitation-only fundraiser held the day prior to the official opening resulted in $1,941 being raised for a childhood cancer research foundation, according to an Applebee’s news release issued Wednesday. Marketing Coordinator Donna Malmlov said select diners were invited to come try out the menu “on the house” Tuesday, with a suggested $5 donation at the door to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

by · December 21, 2015 · Business
Small Business Saturday encourages shopping small, local on Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday encourages shopping small, local on Nov. 28

The day after Black Friday’s expected shopping frenzy, small businesses around the country are anticipated to gain an additional financial boost from the sixth annual Small Business Saturday on November 28 — a day designed to encourage consumers to support small, local businesses in their communities…

by · November 17, 2015 · Business, Community
A banner on a construction fence along Auburn Boulevard announces a new Applebee's restaurant coming soon.

Opening date set for new Citrus Heights Applebee’s

Citrus Heights residents will soon be able to dine at a new Applebee’s restaurant on Auburn Boulevard, located on one of the long-empty pads in front of Costco and Walmart.

Although originally planning for a November opening date, Cas Banaszek, director of operations for Apple NorCal, told The Sentinel on Tuesday that the new Citrus Heights Applebee’s is planning to open on Dec. 21 and will…

by · October 28, 2015 · Business
Linda's Pizzeria closed its Citrus Heights location on August 30 due to apparent lease issues.

Popular Chicago-style pizzeria closes Citrus Heights location

Updated Sept. 24, 4:18 p.m.–
Diners expecting to grab a slice at Linda’s Pizzeria on Greenback Lane this month found themselves met with a closed door and taped-off parking lot, after the restaurant reported leasing issues led to the location’s recent closure.

“It’s with great sadness that Linda’s Pizzeria has to report we have lost our lease negotiations and will be closing this location,” a notice taped on the side glass door reads, announcing the restaurant’s final day of August 30, 2015. “We’ve had a wonderful 5 years in Citrus Heights and you have been a pleasure to serve.”

The establishment received an overall 4-out-of-5 star rating from 240 reviewers on Yelp, and a 7.7-out-of-10 user rating on Foursquare. Many reviewers raved about the Chicago-style pizza, while others gave a 1 or 2-star rating for complaints about taste or poor service from a waitress.

by · September 23, 2015 · Business
A new Bubba's Car Wash is now open in Citrus Heights on Greenback Lane.

New Bubba’s car wash opens in Citrus Heights on Greenback Ln

A new Citrus Heights car wash opened up last week on Greenback Lane near San Juan Avenue, featuring a three-minute “express tunnel” and a water recycling system to limit water waste.

According to Bubba’s Car Wash Manager Tom Tilford, the new “flex serve” facility focuses on offering a quick wash along with some full-service options like hand drying and vacuuming — and potential for more services down the road as well.

The new 1.29-acre lot on Greenback Lane offers a bit more room than currently available on Bubba’s smaller Madison Avenue location, according to Tilford, who added that the Citrus Heights spot offers nearly double the number of vacuuming stalls…

by · September 14, 2015 · Business
The City of Citrus Heights is seeking to encourage small, local breweries to set up shop, by dropping use-permit requirements for commercial areas. Uri Tours ( [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Citrus Heights seeks to attract craft breweries; drops permit req

Following the growing popularity of craft beer in the region, the City of Citrus Heights is seeking to attract brew pubs to its commercial areas by amending zoning codes and removing a previously required $5,400 regulatory permit for small breweries.

“Brew pubs are the most popular trend to introduce locally brewed beer to a community,” said Citrus Heights Associate Planner Alison Bermudez in a press release issued by the City this month. “We wanted to encourage new and expanding breweries to make Citrus Heights their home and become part of our vibrant community.”

Now only requiring a simple business license from the City in order to open up shop, a brew pub would previously have had to acquire a “use permit” from the City — a three to five month-long process involving a public hearing, planning commission approval, and an approximate $5,400 permit cost…

by · August 21, 2015 · Business, City Hall
McDonald's, stock photo. Courtesy, McDonald's.

New McDonald’s to relocate in Citrus Heights shopping center

The Fair Oaks McDonald’s at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue is currently located just a few feet outside Citrus Heights city limits, but if things go as planned, the fast-food restaurant will soon be relocating across the street to the new Citrus Heights shopping center under development.

McDonald’s spokesperson Natalie Aronson said the decision was made due to the current facility outgrowing its capacity over the past 20 years, and the new location promises to feature a larger, modern design and site plan.” She said the new store will be almost 900 square feet larger than the existing facility.

McDonald’s will join Smart & Final and several other restaurants to make up the new shopping plaza under construction at the old Capital Nursery site on Sunrise Boulevard…

by · August 15, 2015 · Business
A preliminary landscape plan from Citrus Heights Planning Commission documents shows the general layout of a new memory care center on Sunrise Blvd. Image courtesy, MSLA Landscape Architecture.

New Sunrise Blvd memory care center under construction

Construction began last week on a new 48-bed memory care facility on Sunrise Boulevard, with the completed project set to include a large courtyard and water features, along with protection for a 400-year-old oak tree identified on the property.

Located just north of Highland Avenue near the FoodMaxx shopping center, the new “Courte at Sunrise Oaks” memory care center plans to provide round-the-clock care for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to Citrus Heights Planning Commission documents. The 32,000-square-feet facility will include a common dining and gathering space, as well as a fully functional kitchen for preparing and serving meals.

The 2.8-acre site project was approved by planning commissioners in January, with conditions including a requirement to install meandering sidewalks along Sunrise Boulevard and three new LED street lights…

by · August 8, 2015 · Business
A conceptual view of the 113,000 square feet Auburn Commerce District, as shown in planning commission documents.

New Citrus Heights retail, restaurants planned for Auburn Blvd

Wondering what’s coming to those long-vacant lots in front of the Auburn Boulevard Costco and Walmart?

After many years of vacancy, development is finally underway on the 10-pad, 12-acre zone along Auburn Boulevard, with Citrus Heights Planning Commission documents showing plans for two new restaurants and a number of smaller retail stores to complete the area known as the “Auburn Commerce District.”

New construction in the commercial-zoned district is governed by the Stock Ranch Guide for Development, passed by the city council in…

by · June 14, 2015 · Business
The Citrus Heights-based chapter of SCORE meets in the Small Business Administration's offices at the corner of Sylvan Road and Stock Ranch Road.

Local nonprofit offers small biz owners free classes, mentoring

Calling itself ‘the premier small business mentoring service,’ a nonprofit association of volunteer business advisers has been training entrepreneurs and small business owners through its 300 chapters nationwide – including one based in Citrus Heights.

With a goal of helping entrepreneurs launch or grow their business, the SCORE Association says it has helped over 10 million entrepreneurs since 1964, offering free courses on everything from Quickbooks training to writing a business plan and developing effective marketing strategies.

By entering a name, email and zip code on SCORE’s website, entrepreneurs and business owners can gain immediate access to a diverse range of free online workshops – with popular titles like “10 Things Every Website Must Have to Drive Sales,” and “Social Media 101: Raise Awareness and Engage Customers.”

by · June 5, 2015 · Business