Business

Aquarium Depot, Citrus Heights

Meet the two brothers behind this popular aquarium shop in Citrus Heights

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Jason and Jeff Liang aren’t surprised when their younger customers think they will find “Nemo” or “Dory” from the popular Disney movies when they walk inside their store. Both species of fish, Dory, a regal blue Tang, and Nemo, a clownfish, are regularly in inventory.

The pair manage Aquarium Depot and Reptile Depot located in a 10,000-square-foot building at 8201 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights, once the site of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership. The store, which relocated to Citrus Heights from Roseville six years ago, features a colorful aquatic-themed exterior that’s easily visible from the street.

Brightly lit fish tanks and supplies surround each customer as they walk in to the store. Reptile enclosures are off to the right side…

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Meghan Huber, Citrus Heights

City’s new hire seeks to boost business in Citrus Heights

By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Meghan Huber is the City of Citrus Heights’ new economic development manager, a position she’s been in for just over a month. She was hired by the city to replace Devon Rodriguez, who held the position until moving out of state last year.

The Sacramento native and graduate of Sac State currently lives in Antelope and formerly worked in the economic development division for the City of Rancho Cordova. Prior to entering the public sector, Huber worked for J.W. Marriott and Hilton in the hospitality sectors.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know local business leaders and listening to their challenges and concerns,” Huber said. “We’re looking for 100 percent retention of small business here.”

Huber will also be looking at the number of significant commercial spaces of all types throughout the city now sitting vacant, to see how they might best be filled. She plans to speak to the new owners and management of the aging Sunrise Mall to see how the city can help support the mall’s redevelopment and, in time, fill the vacancy caused by the closure of anchor tenant Sears…

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Payless

Payless ShoeSource is the latest bankruptcy to affect Citrus Heights retail

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Over the past three years Citrus Heights has seen Kmart, Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Sears, Aeropostale, Radio Shack, and other stores close amid company bankruptcy filings.

Payless ShoeSource’s bankruptcy filing this month is the latest in store closures affecting retail locations in Citrus Heights, as the face of retail continues to change locally and around the nation.

Some vacancies created by recent bankruptcies have already been filled, with Kmart to be replaced by a Studio Movie Grill and Big Lots store, and the former Toys R Us store on Greenback Lane to be filled by Hobby Lobby. Other former stores have remained dormant though, like the old Sports Authority location in the Birdcage Marketplace that has sat vacant since closing in mid-2016.

Seeing those vacancies filled is a task the city’s new economic development manager, Meghan Huber, has her eyes on. She was hired by the city last month to replace Devon Rodriguez, who held the position until moving out of state last year…

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