By Lynn F. Avery–
[RE: City considering ban on new gas stations near Sunrise Mall; July 10th] I’m a 32-year resident of Citrus Heights. I have seen the “marketplace” area evolve from a thriving Mecca of varied lively shopping experiences to a ghost-town of empty boutiques, interesting stores, upscale clothing for (men, women, children, avant-garde shops, bridal, tuxedos, and more). Also, shoe shops, jewelry shops-,high & low end, & International artifacts brought in happy customers. I apologize if excluding others.
I could expand (or expound) on the intriguing and often how exciting it was –to go to SUNRISE MALL. It was decorated beautifully for every season with Christmas being extra special–families actually brought their children and families to experience and absorb the meaning of these special holidays.
Customers had a choice of some nice restaurants -in the Mall and some close by. Some of the restaurants were destinations that added shoppers while in the Mall. There was a Movie Theater that provided entertainment for adults and children. What a loss!!! Maybe some of the ‘Big Box’ stores need to get ‘with it’ and decide how to appeal to the current change in shopping habits and adjust.
Yes, Amazon has made a huge change in how we shop since COVID. I really believe that we, “CITRUS HEIGHTS,” have a chance to form how we develop our new city. WE could “think” smaller and “be” larger in the sales market and return to the appeal of enjoying shopping again-return to community.
Gas Stations on Sunrise Market Place??? Hell no! Do you want to replicate Folsom Blvd., Auburn Blvd., Broadway (downtown Sacramento; Watt Ave), or a pleasant 1-2 mile drive through an attractive shopping district? Destination: Citrus Heights MARKET PLACE. Please think ahead.
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