This first week of June is a busy one for businesses coming and going in Laguna Niguel.
Veggie Grill Coming
For those who prefer veggies over red meat, you are in luck. The Veggie Grill, that already has locations in the Irvine Spectrum Center and near the UCI campus in Irvine, is coming to town.
According to Gerry Flanigan, vice president of real estate with the Horowitz Group, which owns the center, the lease was signed last week for another Veggie Grill to be housed in the Plaza de la Paz center. It will take up space where was located, and also next door to the new Pei Wei Asian Diner.
The 6,500-square-foot family-owned in June 2011. It had been serving upscale meals to diners since 2008, but was gutted to make way for the two new restaurants.
"Veggie Grill will have to do their drawing and get them approved by the city. Then they will have to do the build-out. Probably 150 days to completion," he said.
In the same center, Ortho Mattress at 27231 La Paz Road, has a big liquidation sale going in since it is closing this location. Flanigan sais that the store's closing "gives us another opportunity for growth."
According to General Manager Kathi McGuane: "We are closing the La Paz location only, because the Ortho Mattress Gallery location at 27995-B Greenfield Dr., is a much better location."
She encouraged shoppers to visit the store for ongoing sales and specials.
And the Chinese fast casual restaurant has finally started construction. It will be occupying 3,548 square feet in the former Cedar Creek restaurant space along with 319 square feet on the patio.
"Pei Wei is slamming away on their construction," he said.
It could open by late summer.
Mi Tierra Gone
Mexican Grille has left the 23994 Aliso Creek Road in the Aliso Village shopping center after owner Rodolfo Gonzalez, was told by Shapell Property Management that he was asked to leave the center and could not renew his lease after 7 years at the location. Other tenants also told Patch that they, too, were not asked to renew their leases.