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Business Journal: Country Club Plaza, B Street Theatre, Jack Robinson

Dennis McCoy / Sacramento Business Journal

Former Business Journal editor Jack Robinson died on January 1st. Robinson was a weekly voice on Capital Public Radio, reporting on the region's business news. He was also a talented musician who received a degree in French horn performance.

Dennis McCoy / Sacramento Business Journal

The former Macy's building at Watt and El Camino avenues in Sacramento has a new owner. The site's been empty since Macy's closed in 2016. The new owner is EDM Realty Corporation which owns the Country Club Shopping mall where the Macy's building was the anchor store.

The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the sale could mean we'll see a variety of possibilities at that space in the future, from additional parking to development.

"Those changes would join several other additions that are already in the works at that mall, ranging from a movie theater to a trampoline park," says Sorich.

EDM bought the 1960s-era Country Club Plaza in 2014. Since then, the company has worked to revamp the site...adding a Planet Fitness gym and the warehouse grocer WinCo Foods.

Sacramento's B Street Theatre has begun its move from one part of midtown to another. The theater company is moving 11 blocks away from its current site at 27th and B streets to 27th Street and Capitol Avenue into a new two-theater complex called the Sofia. It's first show is scheduled for the end of this month. Sorich says there are already plans for part of B Street's old site at 27th.

"Celebration Arts, which is a local theater and dance company, has signed a lease for one of the two theaters that B Street had at its previous location," says Sorich. "Celebration Arts previously had a theater in East Sacramento but it lost its lease for that site."

Celebration Arts started decades ago as a dance company presenting the African-American experience and now focuses on theater.

We're less than a full week into the New Year, and the Sacramento area is already seeing changes in its ever-evolving food and drink scene. Bistro 33 closed after 10 years of business in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. And Sorich says Hot City Pizza in East Sacramento recently announced it will close later this month after more than a decade of business.

"Also, today is the last day of business for Metro Kitchen and Drinkery in the public marketplace in the Warehouse Artist Lofts on R Street," says Sorich. "It will be replaced by the locally owned Camellia Coffee Roasters."

Camellia is also planning to open a roastery and training facility in the La Valentina mixed-use project at 12th and D streets in Sacramento.

Jack Robinson, the former editor of the Sacramento Business Journal, died of a brain tumor on Monday. Longtime listeners will remember hearing Jack on Capital Public Radio Friday mornings talking about the region's business news.

"Jack hired me about four years ago and he remains one of the best editors I've had in my career," says Sorich. "He moved to Philadelphia in 2016, but the business community in Sacramento is still very affected by this loss. You might not know this, but he was a very accomplished musician who loved playing the French horn. We're all better journalists after working with Jack."

Robinson was 61. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Robinson, his daughter, Ariel Knaff, his sister, Jean Robinson, and his niece, Miranda Robinson.

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Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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