New Citrus Heights shopping plaza to now open in May

Capital Nursery Plaza in Citrus Heights, The Edwards Company
An updated listing brochure on The Edwards Company website shows the layout of the new Capital Nursery Plaza in Citrus Heights. Credit:

The new 5.7-acre shopping center under construction at Madison Avenue and Sunrise Boulevard is now set to open in May 2016 rather than January, according to the broker group hired to lease the property.

According to broker Andrea Stirling with The Edwards Company, the plaza’s new Smart & Final Extra store is scheduled for a May opening date, with four restaurants and others soon to follow. New restaurants will include Moe’s Southwest Grill, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Black Bear Diner, and McDonald’s, while three other available spaces are yet to be leased.

Questions about the reason for the delayed opening date were referred to Chris Bucklin of the Petaluma-based PMB Development company, who was not able to be reached by phone or email Friday afternoon.

Stirling said there’s been some interest in the remaining spots on the new Capital Nursery Plaza, but she said the center is “maxed out on food” due to parking restrictions, so future tenants will have to be “non-food.”

The layout of the plaza and its available spots are pictured in a newly published informational packet on, designed to attract new tenants. The 9-page packet shows a 1,300-square-foot location available in a shared spot with Jimmy John’s, as well as a 3,100-square-foot pad along Sunrise Boulevard, and a 3,470-square-foot pad along Madison Avenue.

The new Quick Stop gas station being constructed at the corner is on a different parcel and is unaffiliated with the shopping plaza, according to Stirling.

[Document: Capital Nursery Plaza listing packet.pdf]

Although construction of the new Smart & Final store is visibly taking shape, the new McDonald’s has yet to announce a date to break ground, according to a statement by company spokesperson Natalie Aronson on Friday.

As previously reported on The Sentinel, the Fair Oaks McDonald’s on the southeast corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue — currently just outside Citrus Heights — will relocate across the street to the new Citrus Heights shopping center. Aronson said that decision was made due to the current facility outgrowing its capacity over the past 20 years, and the new location featuring a larger and more modern design.

[Read more: McDonald’s to relocate in new Citrus Heights shopping center]

According to development plans approved by City planning commissioners last January, the new shopping center required demolition of about 18,000 square feet of existing improvements on the old Capital Nursery plant center. When complete, the site will be home to nearly 50,000 square feet of commercial buildings — along with adding an equal amount of landscaping, and 276 parking spots.

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Plans show the six new buildings are designed to have “complementary architectural features,” and range in size between 2,600 and 27,000 square feet, with heights between 21 and 41 feet.

[Background: Citrus Heights to gain 200 jobs with proposed shopping center]

A project description listed in planning commission documents says the plaza will bring over 200 permanent new jobs in Citrus Heights, with positions ranging from entry-level to franchise ownership.

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