Construction on Citrus Heights' new Walmart market is expected to be "substantially completed" by November 14, according to SD Deacon.

Walmart Market opens January 7 in Citrus Heights

A new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Sunrise Boulevard is scheduled to open just after New Year’s, bringing 95 jobs and a 39,000 square feet grocery store to Citrus Heights, according to a construction superintendent in charge of remodeling the location…

by · October 28, 2014 · Business
Citrus Heights residents Kathleen Ring and daughter Randi sign a plastic bag petition outside Walmart, Thursday.

Controversial plastic bag ban stirs up local Walmart shoppers

Updated Oct. 24, 11:20 a.m. —
Drawing signatures of support as well as angry remarks, a paid petition-gatherer set up outside the Citrus Heights Walmart for several hours Thursday, hoping to gather signatures for an effort to overturn a recently passed law that would ban stores from offering plastic bags beginning July 1, 2015 — if opponents don’t gather enough signatures to put the issue before voters on the ballot.

“I need these plastic bags,” said Kathleen Ring as she walked out of Walmart with a cart full of items bagged in plastic. “What else are you gonna pick up dog crap with?”

Others like shopper Tricia Wallen didn’t hold the same view, muttering “I’m not signing it — I want em gone,” as she passed by the petition table…

by · October 23, 2014 · Business, Community
HD Supply celebrates grand opening with ‘board-cutting’ ceremony

HD Supply celebrates grand opening with ‘board-cutting’ ceremony

Highlighting an industry-appropriate deviation from the usual “ribbon-cutting” ceremony, HD Supply Home Improvement Solutions celebrated the grand opening of their 46,000 square feet store in Citrus Heights with an official plywood “board-cutting” just outside the front doors on Greenback Lane, Friday…

by · October 17, 2014 · Business
HD Supply is set to open in Citrus Heights on October 15 in the old Circuit City building on Greenback Lane.

HD Supply, Stein Mart Open this Month in Citrus Heights

October marks the opening of two large businesses in Citrus Heights, with Stein Mart opening its doors for the first time today in the Marketplace at Birdcage, and HD Supply scheduled to open the 15th on Greenback Lane near Sunrise Boulevard.

Stein Mart’s new location across from Sunrise Mall takes up the 34,000 square feet building once home to Linen ‘N Things, and is one of three new Stein Mart stores scheduled to open this fall in California, according to a news release.

As part of its 2014 expansion, the nationwide discount retailer says it identified the Citrus Heights location as a “key growth market” to bring its selection of clothing, home decor and other accessories.

by · October 2, 2014 · Business
An artistic rendering of a proposed new design for city hall by Capital Partners Development Co.

New City Hall Site Option Draws Support, While Medical Building Criticized

A controversial proposal to relocate city hall picked up community support last night as the City presented a new site option located a block away from the existing hall, but many residents remained staunchly opposed to a related proposal to construct a three-story medical building “monstrosity” in place of the existing hall.

by · September 18, 2014 · Business, City Hall
A small sign indicating what's inside the Lodge peaks out at traffic on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights

Local Food Review: ‘The Lodge’ Deserves 4-Stars for Breakfast

Tucked away behind a parking lot and several trees on the northern outskirts of Citrus Heights stands a unique, peaked-roof structure, decked with blue and white trim. A red and white sign painted above the front entrance highlights that breakfast and lunch are served inside, and another bright orange sign facing Auburn Boulevard spells out “Coffee Shop” for the steadily flowing traffic. Curious to check out the place, we invited grandpa to watch the kids and set off for a visit to “the Lodge.”

by · September 16, 2014 · Business, Community
City to Give $10k in Used Tech Equipment to Local Nonprofits

City to Give $10k in Used Tech Equipment to Local Nonprofits

Following a recent technology upgrade, over $10,000 worth of computers and related equipment will be given away to local nonprofits and governmental agencies who submit a request by the September 26 deadline, according to the City of Citrus Heights’ Information Technology division.

The equipment – which the City says is all tested and working – became available after older equipment was replaced over the past year, resulting in over 200 laptops, desktops, servers and other electronics being declared “salvage,” and therefore eligible for what the City calls a “lottery-based” giveaway.

To take part in the giveaway, interested organizations can review a list of available equipment online and submit a request to the City’s IT division, detailing which of the technology items are wanted, according to IT Systems Analyst Patrick Lew.

by · September 15, 2014 · Business, City Hall
Council members listen as an environmental attorney criticizes parts of the proposal and threatens a lawsuit, Thursday night.

Council Postpones Vote on New City Hall Deal, After Lawsuit Threat

In a crowded room Thursday night, Citrus Heights council members voted 3-2 in favor of postponing a final decision on the controversial proposal to move city hall and allow construction of a three-story medical building in its place — expressing the need for more research after an environmental attorney threatened a lawsuit…

by · July 25, 2014 · Business, City Hall
Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner delivers his "State of the City" address to a sold-out business luncheon, Tuesday.

Mayor Highlights Strengths, Threats in ‘State of the City’ Address

Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner delivered the annual “State of the City” address to a sold-out business luncheon, Tuesday, highlighting a 13 percent drop in crime over the past year, a rise in home values and the newly opened Stones Gambling Hall.

Defining Citrus Heights as “a city of promise,” Mayor Turner articulated his perspective on secrets to the city’s success: its voters and council members, a caring city manager, a community of involved volunteers, and the ability to manage change well.

“We don’t believe in change for the sake of change,” the mayor said, speaking highly of the city’s latest change in approving a 400-employee casino. “There needs to be a sound reason, with a return on investment to the community as a whole for the change.”

Council members, business owners and other elected officials gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of 'Phase 1' of Auburn Boulevard improvement work.

Community Celebrates Completion of Auburn Blvd ‘Phase 1’ Improvements

Council members, business owners and representatives from government agencies gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the long-awaited completion of “Phase 1” of Auburn Boulevard improvement work.

Business owners present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were particularly glad for the completion of the project, and expressed hope for increased business now that new sidewalks are open, power lines are under-grounded and lanes are no longer closed.

“I’m glad it’s done,” said business owner Rocky Moffitt, whose 7440 Club took a hit during the road work outside his doors. “The construction actually has hurt my business during the daytime… but overall it looks great. I love the finished project.”

by · July 8, 2014 · Business, City Hall