Airport Development Proposals Submitted
Sacramento County officials are looking over proposals for hotels, restaurants and other commercial development south of Sacramento International Airport. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the deadline recently passed for developers to submit proposals for what's now empty land on a total of 128 acres.
"That includes 30 acres on the south side of Interstate 5 from the airport, and 98 acres at the main entrance to the airport from the interstate," says Sorich. "The goal is to eventually see a variety of businesses there, ranging from a hotel and pet hotel to restaurants."
Sorich says airport officials shared a sign-in sheet for a meeting that was mandatory for anyone who planned to submit a proposal.
"That list shows various developers and architectural and construction firms, as well as convenience store chain 7-Eleven," says Sorich. "And we did speak with area developer Paul Petrovich, who confirmed he's submitted a proposal and hopes to be selected as a master developer for the entire acreage."
County supervisors could make a decision on the projects in July.
New Taco Bar Coming To Eviva Midtown
A new restaurant could be opening soon near the state Capitol building. Sorich says the eatery would be located in Eviva Midtown — a mixed-use project at 16th and N streets.
"A broker for the project confirmed a Mexican street taco bar concept is planned for some of the retail space in the project," says Sorich. "This would be a notable addition to the retail portion of Eviva. So far, the only retail tenant the project has seen is a Jimmy John's sandwich shop that opened last fall."
Meanwhile in Roseville, Cibo 7 Ristorante Wine Bar and Spirits has apparently shut its doors. The eatery on Eureka Road near Rocky Ridge Drive opened nearly four years ago. A Facebook page for Cibo 7 lists the business as permanently closed.
Pet Supply Stores Growing
One of the retail sectors bucking the national trend of store-closures is the pet industry. Three Sacramento area pet supply stores are expanding. Healthy Hounds Kitchen in Sacramento, Bark Avenue in El Dorado Hills and Ben's Barketplace in Roseville. Sorich says studies suggest Americans' pet spending will continue to increase.
"The pet industry is commonly regarded as recession-proof," says Sorich. "Of course it is possible to buy pet food and other pet supplies online, and many of these stores have responded by offering personalized consultations to help customers pick the right food for their pets."
Some of these businesses have amenities such as self-service dog wash stations, which are consistent with the experience-oriented offerings that retail landlords are looking for now.
Bark Avenue, which debuted in El Dorado Hills more than a decade ago, is adding a location in Alamo and a second site in El Dorado Hills — bringing it to five stores. Roseville-based Ben's Barketplace recently announced plans for a store in Lincoln, which will be its first franchised location. Also Healthy Hounds Kitchen, known for its store on McKinley Boulevard, will open a location in midtown Sacramento's Ice Blocks project.