A Starbucks Closes, New Sidewalks at One Center, and Updates on What's Coming

This week's Laguna Niguel Biz Briefs include a new look at The Center at Rancho Niguel.

In this week's edition of L.N, Biz Briefs, a Starbucks is closing for a few weeks, while one center is undergoing beautification with new pavers throughout. Additionally, there are a few updates on an eatery and a fitness center.

Popular Starbucks Closes Temporarily

For those who like the Starbucks headed up by Anne LeMay at 30065 Alicia Parkway and Pacific Island, the shop closed on Oct. 22. Fear not, however, LeMay says the store will be open Nov. 15.

"On Wednesday, demo started on it and just by looking through the windows, they got a lot done," she said.  They had it all packed up by 8 p.m. We will be closed about three weeks. During this time, our small cafe will transform into a magnificent coffeehouse. We will occupy the vacant space next door, almost doubling our size. This will entail major construction, new furnishings, state-of- the-art equipment, and some changes in staff."

During the closure all of staff will be re-located locally to assist all the stores customers will visit, she said. The closest store is Crown Valley and Alicia next to Vons. During this time LeMay will manage that store. 

"This is a very emotional time for me as I have very fond memories of our community, the store, my staff, and most of all my customers. I look forward to seeing you at my temporary home down the street. Later this year, I will re-locate to a different local store. This move helps me accommodate my desire to work an earlier schedule so I can spend time with my children and remain involved in the community," she said.

New Pavers at Center at Rancho Niguel

The Center at Rancho Niguel is getting new sidewalks.

"We are replacing the concrete sidewalks with decorative pavers in front of each store from end-to-end -- CVS to Romeo Cucina and Luna B. to Busy Body," said Ann M. Forella, vice president of asset management, Buie Stoddard Properties who manages the center.   

The company completing the installation is JOTS Construction Services. The pavers are manufactured by Ackerstone and the paver color is a charcoal brown buff mix in a "running bond" pattern. The enhancement project will also include all new landscaping in the planters at the center.  

The project started on Sept. 17 and will be completed by the first week in November, she said.

New Biz Updates

Wondering when Veggie Grill is going to take up residence in Plaza De La Paz next door to Pei Wei or when Life Time Fitness will come to town in the former EXPO building?

"We should have the planning approval done in the next few weeks for Veggie Grill," said Community Development Director Dan Fox. "I am not sure on their construction schedule. Life Time Fitness is looking to start demolition of the EXPO building beginning of November."

Bread Angel October 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I will miss Anne when Starbucks opens again at my favorite location at Pacific Island and Alicia. Anne is always friendly, is a hard worker and has made that Starbucks one of the best around. The renovation will be a nice improvement, but I do wish Anne would stay.


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