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Business Journal: Nikola, Rusty Duck, Barnes & Noble

Courtesy of Nikola Motor Company

Electric semi-truck builder Nikola Motor Company is eyeing Sacramento as a possible site for a new factory that could bring thousands of jobs to the region.

Courtesy of Nikola Motor Company

A company that makes electric semi-trucks could bring a new factory to the Sacramento area and generate thousands of new jobs.

The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says Nikola Motor Company is looking at several potential sites throughout the country, including Sacramento.

"The factory that we're talking about would produce trucks powered by lithium batteries," says Sorich. "This Nikola news comes shortly after a separate electric vehicle manufacturer, that's Lucid Motors, chose Arizona for a $700 million manufacturing facility. Now in that project, Sacramento was also considered but ultimately did not win the project."

Nikola —based in Salt Lake City— says it wants to select a site for the new factory by mid-2017.

Barnes & Noble is getting into the restaurant business —sort of.

The national retailer, best known for selling books, is experimenting with stores throughout the country that will offer customers beer, wine and food. That includes a store opening next Tuesday in Folsom. Sorich says the new stores are prompted by the rise in online shopping.

"Bookstores in particular have to do more to draw customers into their stores, get them to stay there," says Sorich. "Executives with Barnes & Noble are saying that this new prototype is designed as a community gathering place where people can meet for coffee or even craft beer."

The store will be in Folsom's Palladio at Broadstone. It will still sell books and music, although most of the music will be on vinyl records with limited quantities of CDs.

The site of a long-closed restaurant north of downtown Sacramento — The Rusty Duck — could see new life soon.

Sorich says the property owners are exploring new opportunities for the site.

"Property records suggest that the site was owned by Landry Restaurants, which owns dining brands such as Claim Jumper and McCormick and Schmick's as well," says Sorich. "But there's a chance the property recently changed hands and maybe the new transaction hasn't been recorded."

A sign reading that reads "The Rusty Duck Mission" recently appeared at the property, which is located a little less than a mile from where Richards Boulevard meets Interstate 5.

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