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Business Journal: Oak Park Brewery Closing, Tortilla Maker Opening Elk Grove Factory, Pavillions For Sale

Sonya Sorich / Sacramento Business Journal

Oak Park Brewery in Sacramento says it will close its doors permanently on Sunday, July 29th. The move comes two months after Sacramento County temporarily closed the business after finding vermin on the premises.

Sonya Sorich / Sacramento Business Journal

Oak Park Brewery Closing Permanently This Weekend

A popular brewery in Sacramento says it will close its doors for the last time this weekend. Oak Park Brewery made the announcement this week.

The decision comes two months after Sacramento County temporarily suspended the business' health permit because of vermin found on the premises. The brewery was closed for several days during an inopportune time - Sacramento Beer Week.

Scott Rodd from the Sacramento Business Journal says it's still not clear if the permit suspension was ultimately tied to the brewery's closure.

"It's worth noting that the brewery does appear to have a strong following in Sacramento," says Rodd. "Many people know the name Oak Park Brewery. It boasts about 8,500 followers on Facebook, and was named Sacramento’s 'must visit' brewery by the website Thrillist back in 2016."

This Sunday night is when the brewery says it will close permanently.

Elk Grove Woos Tortilla Factory

A new organic tortilla factory coming to Elk Grove is expected to bring up to 250 jobs. Rodd says San Leandro-based Mi Rancho plans to open a factory at the former Bimbo Bakeries site on Iron Rock Way....

"...which has been closed since about 2013," says Rodd. "The company will invest $25 million in retrofitting the existing 150,000 square foot building. The retrofitting is expected to take about 24 months."

But Mi Rancho says it hopes to start making tortillas before that...as soon as the next 90-days. Elk Grove is looking at approving a financial incentive package for the company with help from the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, SMUD and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Trifecta Nutrition Fights New Lawsuit

A new lawsuit accuses a West Sacramento-based organic food delivery service of repackaging chain restaurant foods. Two former employees of Trifecta Nutrition filed the suit...accusing the company of creating a hostile workplace and alleging hourly wage issues. Rodd says the lawsuit makes other allegations too.

"Accusations ranging from relying on prepackaged food from a food processor who had received a number of health violations to, perhaps most salaciously, repacking food from iHop and McDonald's and other chain restaurants at a crossfit national competition last year," says Rodd.

Trifecta denies the allegations. The company says it plans to correct the record in court.

Pavillions Shopping Center Is For Sale

If you've got $28 million to spend - Pavillions is for sale. That's the outdoor shopping mall on Fair Oaks Boulevard, between Howe and Fulton avenues in Sacramento. Rodd says the 77,000 square foot property has been listed by Gallelli Real Estate.

"A new buyer would have entitlements to develop another 8,000-square-feet of building on the western edge of the property, right behind Cafe Bernardo," says Rodd.

The shopping center is currently at about 95 percent occupancy, featuring some high-profile businesses in addition to Cafe Bernardo...including Ruth's Chris Steak House and Chico's. Pavillions was built in 1984.

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