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Six businesses Citrus Heights said goodbye to in 2022

Alonzo's Pizza
File photo, Alonzo’s Pizza Depot abruptly closed in February with the owner citing a rent increase coupled with a disagreement over rent forgiveness during COVID as reasons for the move. // M. Hazlip

Updated 6:13 p.m., Jan. 5th–
Sentinel staff report– Citrus Heights welcomed many new businesses in 2022, but also saw several notable departures of restaurants and other businesses during the same year.

Below are six businesses in Citrus Heights that closed in 2022. The list is not intended to be exhaustive:

Alonzo’s Pizza Depot. The year kicked off with closure of a popular pizza shop in the Copperwood Square shopping plaza on Sunrise Boulevard. The shop’s owner cited a rent increase and disagreement with the landlord over rent forgiveness during the pandemic as reasons for the closure. Related: Popular Citrus Heights pizza shop abruptly closes

I B TAN. A popular tanning salon on Sunrise Boulevard also closed up shop early in the year, with the owner citing rising lease costs among other reasons for the closure. Related: Why this once-popular Citrus Heights tanning salon closed up shop this year

Hair Depot. A longtime hair salon at 8941 Auburn Blvd. abruptly closed its doors in June after more than 40 years in business. Police said the 63-year-old owner was found deceased. Related: Longtime Citrus Heights salon abruptly closes after death of owner

BeanHeads coffee. A coffee house that opened at 6001 San Juan Ave. in 2021 called it quits a year later, beginning with irregular hours around October 2022. The owner confirmed in November that the location had permanently closed, but did not cite reasons. Related: Owner confirms permanent closure of Citrus Heights coffee shop

Java Detour. A coffee drive-thru on Auburn Boulevard closed its doors in the final quarter of 2022, with a public notice at the site listing more than $13,000 due in back rent. The kiosk closed amid a proposal to bring a new Starbucks to the site. Related: Citrus Heights coffee drive-thru closes amid plans for new Starbucks

Elliott’s Fine Nutrition. A popular natural foods store on Greenback Lane closed its doors on Nov. 30, following the tragic death of Charles Starzynski, who owned Elliott’s Fine Nutrition stores along with his wife. Related: Natural food store closes in Citrus Heights after owner’s tragic death

Additional departures included Sunglasses Hut and Little Violet’s floral shop inside Sunrise Mall, along with Pioneer Baptist Church, which moved to another location outside the city limits. Big Lots also announced it would be closing its Citrus Heights store, with the actual close date expected in January 2023.

Also on The Sentinel: 22 businesses that opened in Citrus Heights in 2022

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