Also opening at the center are Pick Up Stix, Pizzarito and Sango
Sushi, which are scheduled to open by next month with a Hallmark gift
shop slated to open sometime in the spring, said Broeren.
The center was completely torn down and rebuilt from the bottom up,
and now boasts a an appealing modern style in stone and stucco. There are
still a few spaces available for lease, but businesses that are up and
running include Albertson's, Staples, Blockbuster Video, Seacliff Florist
and Facet 58, a jewelry store.
Merchandise will start to hit Wal-Mart shelves
Distributors can now begin bringing in their merchandise to the
almost-completed Wal-Mart store at 8230 Talbert Ave.
The store is nearing completion after 10 months of work but still
needs all permits and conditions of approval finalized before it can open
its doors to the public, which is scheduled later this month.
Civil engineering firm Hall & Foreman, with offices in Santa Ana,
Upland and Chatsworth, is building the store.
Although many residents fought the construction of the store, 54.1% of
voters in March cast their ballots defeating Measure I, an effort by
community-based Crest View United to rezone the former Crest View School
site to a residential zone that would have blocked construction of the
The group claimed the 135,000-square-foot store would bring increased
noise, traffic and air pollution to the neighborhood. Save Our Schools
and Save Our City united to counter the effort because of the expected
revenue the store will bring.
Ocean View School District will receive $400,000 annually from lease
income to go toward school facility improvements.
The city is expected to get the same amount in sales tax revenue to be
used from everything from sports and recreational facilities to a senior