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Community Voices: ideas abound for new restaurants on Auburn Blvd

Stock Ranch Plaza, Google Earth
An aerial view from Google Earth of the area proposed to be developed along Auburn Boulevard.

Following a developer winning approval from the Citrus Heights Planning Commission earlier this month to add more restaurant tenants in front of Costco and Walmart on Auburn Boulevard, over 100 comments from Sentinel readers on Facebook poured in with suggestions on which restaurants would make a good fit. Popular choices ranged from Jack’s Urban Eats, In-N-Out Burger, Fresh Choice and “anything but fast food.”

See original story: Developer gets green light for more restaurants along Auburn Blvd

But what’s really coming to the area? As of last week, property spokesman John Stock said two restaurant tenants are confirmed, but he wouldn’t say who. The property’s leasing broker, CBRE Senior Vice President Jon Schultz, also told The Sentinel that new tenant announcements would not be made until next month.

The only public announcement has been from resident and former Citrus Heights Construction Board of Appeals member Amor Taylor, who announced last year she would be opening a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt shop in the new shopping center. She later backed out of plans to open the shop, but said earlier this month that a Menchie’s will still be opening in the center under different ownership.

Taylor also previously told The Sentinel that a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant would be opening in the shopping plaza, but the company has not publicly confirmed a lease has been signed.

In June, the media division at Five Guys corporate office replied to an inquiry from The Sentinel, stating, “Thanks for reaching out about Five Guys opening in Citrus Heights. We are unable to comment on locations until there is a signed lease in our system. As of today, we do not have a fully executed lease in our system for Citrus Heights. Please feel free to reach back out for an update.”

A followup inquiry on Sept. 21 was not responded to by Saturday.

Here’s some reader comments from The Sentinel’s Facebook page:

Natalie W.A breakfast spot or like a Black Bear Diner would be good. Or a cafe or mimosa spot. We don’t have enough good breakfast/brunch spots.

Luanne L. Locally owned, mom and pop type places. No chain restaurants. Ethnic foods of all types. Vegetarian would be wonderful.

Debbie S. — I hope it’s something good. Not McDonald’s, Taco Bell, etc.

Jason B. Be nice to see Costa Vida closer to home. And Pei Wei used to be in Rocklin years ago, a fast-casual shoot off from P.F. Chang. Please no fast food!

Angela L. In and Out and Jacks Urban Eats please and thank you.

Andie M.I’d love to see Fresh Choice make a comeback!

Ellen P.Hope they get the parking right. Applebee’s is cramped parking and you take your life in your hands trying to make a left-hand turn, or even a right-hand turn with people speeding off Auburn to get Costco gas! At most times Costco’s parking lot is packed front, side and back. Walmart parking is no better.

Angela O.Cafe Rio would be great. A poke place would be nice. An Ettore’s-like place. Wouldn’t mind a second location for Rocklin’s Koja Kitchen. I could go on.

Sarah B.How about less retail and more family businesses. Things like Wacky Tacky, Skyzone, etc.

Kathy K.We have plenty of Starbucks… would like a Peet’s.

Michael T. I would like to see a Whole Foods like the one in Oxnard, CA.

Sharon D.Pita Pitt, Jersey Mikes, Jack’s Urban Eats, Chipotle.

Marueen P.Heard Cracker Barrel was coming to our Area. That would be a great spot.

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