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Plans for mystery ‘grocer’ tenant in Citrus Heights still moving forward

A recently remodeled location at Sunrise Village is listed as being the future home of an unnamed grocer tenant. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
Months after exterior renovations were completed, a prominent anchor suite at the Sunrise Village shopping center on the northwest corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue remains vacant with an unnamed grocer tenant still slated to open in the space.

Tenant improvements appear to be underway inside, but no signage was visible as of Sept. 6. An email inquiry to property owner MerloneGeier Partners was not responded to by press time, but Sunrise Marketplace Executive Director Kathilynn Carpenter confirmed in an email that the name of the grocer planning to open has not yet been released.

Citrus Heights spokeswoman Marissa Brown said the tenants have not yet filed plans with the city.

Several sources with knowledge of the project last year told The Sentinel that Amazon Fresh was slated to become the tenant for the space. The Sentinel was not able to confirm the statements with the retailer directly.

Amazon is known for being silent about plans for its grocery concept stores to open in other parts of the country. An Ohio-based news outlet reported Amazon being mum about plans for a new grocery store in Cleveland and said the company is known for using a generic “National Grocer” name for its projects elsewhere.

The tenant is only listed as “grocer coming soon” in online marketing information for the shopping center.

Redevelopment of the Sunrise Village shopping center has been ongoing since the first quarter of 2021 with the demolition of the Benihana restaurant. Recently, See’s Candies moved into the former Patelco building and updated signage at the entrance was put in place.

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