Large signs and sleek logos seek to drive donors to the Citrus Heights "ReUseIt" drop-off center near the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Antelope Road.

For-profit donation center benefits local non-profits

Updated April 25, 11:42 p.m. —
You’ve probably seen them near the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Antelope Road – big green and black signs with huge white letters advertising a donation drop-off center.

The “ReUseIt” donation center in Citrus Heights was the first location the company opened back in 2012, according to Stuart Bassett, who’s worked at the Auburn Boulevard location since its grand opening.

A big emphasis for the company is its support of local charities, as indicated by its mission statement and the hard-to-miss “LOCAL” written in capital letters on almost all of the company’s marketing material.

“You know where your money’s going,” said Bassett…

by · April 25, 2015 · Business
Half Price Books to open new Citrus Heights store on June 25

Half Price Books to open new Citrus Heights store on June 25

Updated Apr. 3, 7:50 a.m.–
Citrus Heights will be getting a new bookstore on Greenback Lane this summer, with Half Price Books planning to open its first Sacramento-region store in the Citrus Town Center.

“We’ve long heard from our customers and fans there was a need for a Half Price Books in the Sacramento area,” said the company’s California District Manager Matt Dalton in an email interview with The Sentinel this week.

With its first store opening in 1972, the new-and-used bookstore brand has expanded locations to 16 states, promising almost everything at “half the publisher’s price or less,” according to the company’s website.

Despite the bankruptcy of bookstores like Borders in the digital age, Half Price Books is bucking the trend and opening new stores in Texas and Ohio this year as well, according to Dalton…

by · March 31, 2015 · Business
Bubbie's Love Bistro offers kosher-style eating at the corner of Antelope Road and Sunrise Boulevard.

Local Food Review: Bubbie’s offers some kosher-style love

If you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast with some distinctive cultural flavor, we recently discovered Bubbie’s Love Bistro serving it up daily at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope Road…

by · February 28, 2015 · Business
Signs outside the Citrus Heights RadioShack last week notified customers of its imminent closure.

Citrus Heights RadioShack closes after company files for bankruptcy

Lights were off, shelves were empty and phone rang unanswered this week, as the RadioShack on Greenback Lane officially closed its doors for the final time — the result of bankruptcy terms the corporation filed in court February 5.

Prior to closing, the Citrus Heights location had been operating as a limited-stock “clearance center” since January 3, with signs advertising 25 to 50 percent off on items. After the corporation’s bankruptcy filings earlier this month, those signs were replaced with deeper discounts and a “last days” countdown on the front window.

The Citrus Heights RadioShack store had been open since 1978, according to the store manager.

Future use of the 7405 Greenback Lane location is unknown, although the company’s largest shareholder, Standard General, has announced plans to purchase about half of RadioShack’s 4,000 company-owned stores and turn them into store-within-a-store Sprint locations…

by · February 26, 2015 · Business
Stock photo, 99 Cents Only store signage. // Citrus Heights Sentinel

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