Riptide's Better Business Burro brays about the Pacifica Tribune raising its subscription rates to $30 for six months and $49 for one year. The senior rate remains $22 for one year. We are sure that the newspaper has its business reasons for the rate increase. In any case, we always support print journalism and urge our readers to continue supporting the hometown rag. Special kudos to Tribune writers Jane Northrop and Jean Bartlett.
According to the City of Pacifica Planning Department, the former Denny's restaurant site at the northwest corner of Linda Mar shopping center will become this rendering of a one-story, 4500-square-foot, multi-tenant commercial building with outdoor seating, landscaped areas, and new signs. Kimco's application is incomplete at this time, but a revised application is expected within the week. (Thanks to Alan Wald for alerting us to this new signage in front of the site [see below], and to Dan Stegink for the close-up photo of the sign above.)
The building sold for $689,000. The newspaper office stays put, and a compounding pharmacy moves into the other half of the building on Bill Drake Way in Pacifica.
7X7 guide to the best food, booze, shopping, and surfing in P-Town.
Nursing-home chain North American Health Care, which owns Linda Mar Care Center, agrees to pay $30 million to settle claim that it overbilled Medicare and the Defense Department for unnecessary therapy.
This HMB Review story mentions a 67 percent price difference from one area to another, Pacifica to Half Moon Bay.
Fairmont Safeway (above) is one of three new Safeways now open around the Bay Area. To celebrate the openings, six local nonprofit organizations – Oakland Promise, Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, White Pony Express, Partners in Educational Achievement, Pacifica Resource Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Pacifica – will receive a $2,500 charitable contribution from The Safeway Foundation during the store opening festivities September 14-15. A brief presentation will take place in the floral department of each store with business and community leaders, as well as Safeway management, in attendance. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Companies Inc. operates stores across 35 states and Washington, D.C. under 18 banners, including Safeway, Albertsons, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, and Carrs.
Reader Andy Narraway suggests that big real-estate firms like Kimco, which owns Linda Mar shopping center, be charged appropriate tax penalties to keep them from jacking up rents and pushing out local small businesses in favor of national chains and franchises. Andy ominously describes vacant Linda Mar storefronts as "looking like the suburbs of Aleppo."
Better Business Burro reports that Chipotle will NOT move into the old Denny's building in Linda Mar shopping center. Stay tuned for any news on the other possible co-tenant in that space, Panda Express.
"Pacifica has some excellent landmarks in full view from the Pacific Coast Highway. Sea Bowl forever! But we’re highlighting the greatest Taco Bell on the planet, in a beautiful wooden building with beach views, a walk-up window for surfers and the same prices as every other Taco Bell." (#23 on a list of tourism-free landmarks in the Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, August 17; note that locals say Highway 1, not Pacific Coast Highway, a Southern California thing)
A Japanese restaurant with the unpronounceable name Uoyakutei has moved into the old Prime Dip/Boston Bill's/KFC site on Highway 1 at Rockaway Beach, where the weeds had grown as high as the roof. We wish them luck, and maybe Alan Wald will have some fun with their name. Grand Opening signs are up on the building now. Please review the food and service, then hit the Comments link below this post to share your review. Keep it friendly but honest.
Kimco's high rents claim another victim at Linda Mar shopping center: Payless Shoes goes out of business this weekend, according to comments posted on NextDoor forwarded by our intrepid investigator Alan Wald.
Pacifica.city and Big Banker both report that Gorilla Barbeque has expanded next door into the former Vintage at Heart thrift store on Highway 1. Pacifica palindrome lover Roger Wilco wishes them well: "All I, Roger, ever nosh, son -- revere Gorilla!"
Thanks to Tom C. for passing along this information.
Apparently, tech titan Bijan Khosravi has bought a piece of Harmony @ 1 for $2.2 million (see below). Bijan blogs on Forbes.com and his name pops up all over the Internet, so have fun checking out your new neighbor:
History Record #1: SALE/TRANSFER; Buyer: Khosravi Bijan; Seller: Sonora Shores Iii Llc; Transaction Date: 01/25/2016; Sale Price: $2,200,000; Recording Date: 01/26/2016; Sale Price Type: Full Value; Recorded Doc #: 000000006521; Title Company: First American Title; Document Type: Deed Transfer; Vesting Type: N/A