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Business Journal: Clark Protests Affect Businesses; Raley's To Start Building New South Land Park Store; Hotel Planned At Eastern Star Building

Ezra Romero / CapRadio

Youth are gathering outside Arden Fair to peacefully protest the Sacramento County district attorney’s decision not to prosecute the officers who killed Stephon Clark.

Ezra Romero / CapRadio

Arden Fair Mall, Downtown Commons Affected By Clark Protests

Sacramento’s Arden Fair shopping center did not open its doors on Sunday after a group of demonstrators continued a “sit-in” protesting the Sacramento County district attorney’s decision not to prosecute the officers who killed Stephon Clark. That was only one way demonstrations affected Sacramento business.

“There was also in impact on some businesses in the Downtown Commons retail area as the Sacramento Kings restricted access to some of those businesses, again preparing for possible protests near the arena,” the Sacramento Business Journal’s Sonya Sorich said.

“We’ve seen, at least so far, that businesses are tending to err on the side of caution, so if protests do continue I wouldn’t be surprised to see future closures,” Sorich said.

Work Starting Soon On New Raley’s In South Land Park

Construction could start in a few months on a new Raley's grocery store that's been in the works for several years in South Land Park. It would be at the site of what used to be Capital Nursery at the corner of Freeport Boulevard and Wentworth Avenue. Sorich said the grocery store will be part of a development called The Park.

"And this week we learned more about some of the other businesses that are joining the retail center,” she asid. “Five more tenants were announced: Orangetheory Fitness, Pet Food Express, Chase Bank, Supercuts and a restaurant called CAMP 31."

Raley's says a groundbreaking is scheduled for May 9. The new store will replace an older Raley's that's farther south on Freeport Boulevard. That store will remain open during construction. The project was delayed by a lawsuit filed by neighbors, which was eventually settled. Neighbors' concerns included possible noise from delivery trucks.

Eastern Star Building To Become Hyatt House Hotel

In Midtown Sacramento, plans are moving ahead to turn an old building into a new hotel. A developer has closed escrow on the Eastern Star building for $5 million. The 90-year-old building is near 28th and K streets, across from Sutter’s Fort. Sorich said the building will get some additions and become a 128-room Hyatt House hotel.

"This is an extended-stay brand that will be particularly aimed at people who have friends or family staying at the nearby Sutter Medical Center," she said. "An estimated opening date for the new hotel hasn't been announced."

The building is on the local and National Register of Historic Places. It was originally built by the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic group. They used it as a social space for decades, but eventually sold it when membership dropped, and maintenance costs became too high.

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Steve Milne

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