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Two new businesses plan to open next to Citrus Heights Starbucks

The Starbucks-anchored center at Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive will soon be home to two additional tenants. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
A new restaurant and salon are reportedly planning to open in the remainder of a Starbucks-anchored building that has been vacant since construction was completed in 2021.

The Sacramento Business Journal reported the owner of Vietnamese restaurant Huong Lan Sandwiches has signed a lease for a site in Copperwood Square. The lease is for a 5,400 square-foot space that will specialize in Vietnamese sandwiches, owner Tim Lam told The Journal.

The restaurant will occupy about half of the vacant space, with a hair and nail salon owned by the same family set to open in the remaining suites, The Journal reported. Renovations are expected to begin soon for a six-month timeline before opening.

A website for the South Sacramento based business lists sandwiches, appetizers, noodle soups, pho, and beef stews. Most sandwiches are in the $5 range while entrees are between $10 to $15.

Huong Lan will join Mexican restaurant R Vida Cantina, and recently opened El Boritracho, a restaurant that serves a “fusion” of different Central American dishes. The adjacent Copperwood Square is also home to FoodMaxx, Dollar Tree and Planet Fitness.

Construction at the location near Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive was completed in the first quarter of 2021 with the coffee chain moving into the anchor suite immediately after the project was finished. The remaining suites have been vacant since that time, according to The Sentinel.

The site at 7056 Sunrise Blvd. was formerly home to a multi-story bank building, which sat vacant for several years before being demolished. A 2017 report by The Sentinel shows outcry from residents over a proposed ARCO station on that corner led to a change in plans, paving the way for the Starbucks building.

Residents opposed to the ARCO cited concerns over increased crime, loitering, lighting, traffic, location, proposed liquor sales, and whether there was a need for a new gas station and 24-hour convenience store in an area they argued was already “saturated.”

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