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99 Cents Only Stores plan to open new Citrus Heights location

Offering prices at a penny lower than the Dollar Tree across the street, a new 99 Cents Only store plans to open this summer in the old Orchard Supply Hardware lot at the corner of Greenback Lane and San Juan Avenue.

Boasting more than 350 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas, the “deep-discount retailer” chose to include Citrus Heights as part of an ongoing regional expansion effort, according to the company’s Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development & Property Management, Jesse Allen.

“Sacramento and its surrounding area represents a core market for 99 Cents Only Stores,” said Allen in an email statement to The Sentinel, identifying why the company had chosen Citrus Heights for the new location. “We wanted to expand our ability to continue serving our community in this area…”

by · February 21, 2015 · Business
By Anthony92931 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New Applebee’s bar & grill to open in Citrus Heights

Ever wonder when those empty lots in front of the Auburn Boulevard Costco and Walmart would be filled?

Plans to bring a new 5,400 square feet Applebee’s restaurant to the Stock Ranch Plaza in Citrus Heights are currently under way, with a company executive saying the new location should open by…

by · February 7, 2015 · Business
An artistic rendering from Planning Commission documents, showing the proposed new Smart & Final Extra! store at the old Capital Nursery site.

Citrus Heights to gain 200 jobs with proposed shopping center

The Citrus Heights Planning Commission gave unanimous approval Wednesday for a developer’s 5.7-acre proposal to bring several new restaurants, retail stores and a Smart & Final to the old Capital Nursery lot at Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

According to the Commission’s agenda packet, the proposal would demolish about 18,000 square feet of existing improvements, and construct nearly 50,000 square feet of commercial buildings in their place — along with adding an equal amount of landscaping, and 276 parking spots.

In addition to the Smart & Final Extra! store, a project description for “Capital Nursery Plaza” lists proposed tenants to be Moe’s Southwest Grill, Black Bear Diner, and potentially a financial institution as well as a “gelato/ice cream/frozen yogurt concept.” The drive-thru restaurant was not identified in the documents, but a use permit was requested to allow it to be in operation 24-hours-a-day…

by · January 30, 2015 · Business
A new family-run Mediterranean drive-thu has popped up behind Raley's in Citrus Heights.

REVIEW: Extreme Hummus brings Mediterranean flavor to Citrus Heights

With Citrus Heights boasting a new Mediterranean drive-thru off Antelope Road, my husband and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Extreme Hummus and were soon coming back after being impressed with the taste, service and quality of the restaurant – as well as to get a bigger picture of the menu options offered…

by · January 20, 2015 · Business, Community
Community votes online for “Best of Citrus Heights” businesses

Community votes online for “Best of Citrus Heights” businesses

Through the end of January, Citrus Heights consumers have an opportunity to vote online for which local businesses they think deserve to win a “Best of Citrus Heights” annual award from the Chamber of Commerce.

Featuring over 200 local businesses in a total of 34 categories this year, the Chamber’s “Best of Citrus Heights” website lets visitors vote on the best business in each category – ranging from choices between just three businesses listed in smaller categories like car washes and catering, to as many as 18 businesses in categories like automotive services.

In 2013, over 5,000 votes were cast to determine winners in 26 categories that year, with winning businesses earning the right to use the “Best of Citrus Heights” logo on their website and marketing material…

by · January 6, 2015 · Business
A new Harbor Freight Tools store opened up in Citrus Heights this month on Greenback Lane.

Harbor Freight Tools expands to Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights welcomed a new discount tool retailer to town this month, with Harbor Freight Tools celebrating its grand opening on Greenback Lane mid-December.

Setting up shop in the old Aaron Brothers art store across from Toys R Us, the new tool supply store promises “ridiculously low prices” on its shop equipment and array of automotive, power, and hand tools.

Harbor Freight Tools began in California in 1977 with a small shop owned by current CEO Eric Smidt and his father, and now boasts over 500 stores nationwide, according to its website.

The company’s new store is located next to Big 5 Sporting Goods at 7829 Greenback Ln. in Citrus Heights, with operating hours Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

by · December 31, 2014 · Business
Hot Java Cafe in Citrus Heights.

Giving Thanks: Local biz offers free coffee to all in uniform

Hot Java Cafe in Citrus Heights says it’s giving thanks by “giving back” this year, with free coffee for nurses, firefighters, police and any other uniformed profession, through Thanksgiving…

by · November 22, 2014 · Business
Children pick out a personal pumpkin while visiting the Pumpkin Farm in Citrus Heights, Thursday.

Pumpkin Farm closes 40th season Friday; says 10,000 visited

With storm clouds looming overhead, Citrus Heights’ Pumpkin Farm closed out its month-long October season at noon Friday — after selling out of pumpkins and finishing a final school group tour, according to Leonard Shymoniak, who runs the Farm with three of his children…

by · October 31, 2014 · Business, Community
Drivers grab coffee during Wednesday's "Proceeds Day" at Dutch Bros. Coffee in Citrus Heights.

Dutch Bros. says $96,597 raised for families of slain officers

Following an outpouring of support from the community during Wednesday’s “Proceeds Day,” Dutch Bros. Coffee said $96,597 was raised during its one-day fundraiser to benefit the families of two Placer and Sacramento County officers who were killed last week, according to the Dutch Bros. Coffee of Citrus Heights and Fair Oaks Facebook page.

“Thank you to our INCREDIBLE customers!” the company stated on its Facebook page, Thursday. “Such generosity and love and support for our Fallen Heroes! You have truly made a difference!”

Within hours of posting its fundraiser totals, the company had over 600 hundred “likes” and nearly 300 “shares,” along with plenty of supportive comments…

by · October 30, 2014 · Business
Long lines fuel Dutch Bros. Coffee fundraiser for slain officers

Long lines fuel Dutch Bros. Coffee fundraiser for slain officers

Long lines of cars and pedestrians flooded the Citrus Heights Dutch Bros. Coffee location Wednesday, as the company announced its Sacramento-area locations would participate in “Proceeds Day” to support the families of two fallen officers in Placer and Sacramento County.

“The Sheriff’s Department has always had our back. It is our time to have theirs,” said local Dutch Bros. owner Nikol Grubbs in a press release announcing the event. “They are customers, but more importantly they are always looking out for the safety of our staff which means more to us than we can say.”

The Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) tweeted a “thank you” to the coffee company early this morning, and told followers “Don’t forget to stop by @DutchBrosSac today.” The Department also dispatched officers to help keep lines moving quickly, as cars were backed up for several hundred feet in the parking lot.

“We support anyone who’s raising funds for the fallen deputies,” said CHPD Sergeant Jason Baldwin. “Our role is to support Dutch Bros through talking with community members and traffic calming measures.”

by · October 29, 2014 · Business