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What’s coming to Citrus Heights in 2023?

File photo, the former site of Dimple Records at 7830 Macy Plaza Drive, near Birdcage Street, is slated to become a blood plasma donation center. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
Following the opening of dozens of new businesses in town last year, several new businesses have already announced plans to open in Citrus Heights later this year.

Sunrise Marketplace Executive Director Kathilynn Carpenter said the redevelopment project at Sunrise Village, at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue, is nearing completion with the property owner expected to turn over a 36,152-square-foot space to City Sports for further interior development.

The gym is likely to open in late 2023 or early 2024, Carpenter said.

Additionally, a new micro food hall called Local Kitchens, is slated for a 2023 opening in the same center. The kitchen will occupy a 2,030-square-foot suite in the same building as Little Caesar’s and will offer dishes from multiple local restaurants all on one tab, which customers can pick up or have delivered.

Next to Sunrise Village, See’s Candies is also planning to open a new corporate office and flagship store in the former Patelco Credit Union building.

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Asked about businesses that have filed plans with the city, Economic Development and Community Engagement Director Meghan Huber noted in an email last week that planning entitlements have been submitted for a Starbucks at Auburn Boulevard and Whyte Avenue, as well as plans indicating a potential new hotel at Sunrise Mall. Both developments are in review, according to city records.

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Two medical offices have also submitted building permits, one at 7551 Madison Ave., and another at 7803 Madison Ave., Huber said.

The Sentinel previously reported that a plasma donation center will also be opening in the former Dimple Records building on Macy Plaza Drive. Sentinel staff recently observed exterior work on the new facility has been completed, with furniture being moved in the interior.

The long-awaited opening of a California Burrito on Lichen Drive, near Raley’s, could also happen in 2023, but multiple attempts by The Sentinel to reach representatives of the restaurant have been unsuccessful. In June last year, a city spokesman said the project was “still in the development approvals process.”

Plans have also been announced for a new Sushi Habachi restaurant to take up the former Tokyo Buffet on Greenback Lane, but those plans appear to have been delayed following a second fire at the site in last year. A new theater next to Big Lots is also listed as “coming soon” in a leasing brochure, but additional details have not been confirmed by the property owner.

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