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Despite the disruption of COVID-19 and related restrictions on businesses, Citrus Heights still saw several new restaurants, retailers, and a grocery store hold grand openings in 2020.
The past 12 months also saw permanent closures of retailers like Stein Mart and Pier 1, but others like Hobby Lobby and Five Below were among those opening up shop.
Here’s seven businesses of note, which opened in Citrus Heights over the past year:
Hobby Lobby. Kicking off the year was the addition of Hobby Lobby, which opened in the former Toys R Us building on Greenback Lane. The retailer soon had to shutter due to the first wave of COVID-19 restrictions, but has since reopened with more limited capacity. A new fast food restaurant was later approved to open in the Hobby Lobby parking lot: Citrus Heights Planning Commission gives OK to new Raising Cane’s drive-thru
Boston’s Pizza. Also opening in January was Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar, which opened in the former Logan’s Roadhouse building at 5511 Sunrise Blvd.
Chando’s Tacos. Finally opening its doors after years of delays, Chando’s Tacos opened at Sylvan Corners in June. The restaurant is known for its popular food trucks in the Sacramento area, along with its growing number of sit-down restaurants. Citrus Heights was its the sixth location.
Five Below. In July, Five Below opened its new store in the former Dress Barn location in the Citrus Town Center. The teen-targeted discount retailer mostly sells products priced at $5 or less.
Narenj Mediterranean Grocery. Also opening in July was a new Mediterranean-focused grocery store in the Family Fitness shopping plaza at Antelope Road and Sunrise Boulevard. Read more: Meet the owner of Citrus Heights’ newest grocery store
Dutch Bros. A new Dutch Bros drive-thru coffee shop opened in November at 7853 Lichen Drive, in the parking lot of Raley’s grocery store. The 24-hour drive-thru is the second Dutch Bros location in Citrus Heights.
Sweet Treats Creamery. Wrapping up the year on Dec. 26th, the former Baskin Robbins location on Auburn Boulevard became an independent ice cream parlor known as Sweet Treats Creamery. See related article: Baskin Robbins closes in Citrus Heights, but reopens under new name
Other businesses also opened up shop around the city, including SJ Graphics on Sunrise Boulevard, which relocated to Citrus Heights from Rancho Cordova.
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