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The recession has taken its toll on Chula Vista in more ways than a glut of foreclosures. Recently, the women's apparel store, Chico's, went out of business in Otay Ranch Town Center.

Last year, Otay Ranch also lost the upscale Mexican restaurant Frida's and in 2011, the city experienced a series of restaurant chain closures which included: The Brigantine, El Torito, and Anthony's Fish Grotto.

Between May 2006 and November 2011, according to a public record request, the city laid off 233 employees and 73 employees retired and were not replaced.

However, recent signs of economic revitalization are noticeable on the westside. The Village Cremation Service and AutoZone have opened and a Fresh and Easy is under construction.

A statement from city manager Jim Sandoval adds to the brighter picture: "We are seeing signs of the economy improving in Chula Vista.

"Our building permits are up, houses are selling, we're seeing a slight increase in sales tax revenues, we have new businesses and we have some important projects on the horizon that will transform our city.

"But, like other cities across the country, we need this economic momentum to keep going so we don't backslide and can sustain and improve our quality of life."

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Pancho Feb. 22, 2012 @ 8:05 p.m.

Nice to hear some good news about CV. Thanks Susan for reporting this.

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Visduh Feb. 22, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m.

Yep, that's really good economic news that a cremation service is setting up shop.

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brucelee5 Feb. 23, 2012 @ 8:46 a.m.

Anthony's fish grotto too? Dam i used to love that place!

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tomjohnston Feb. 23, 2012 @ 10:38 a.m.

Yeah it closed almost a year ago. We always preferred just to pop by the Fishette anyway.

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 23, 2012 @ 6:04 p.m.

Good place-I also didn't know they had closed....

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Susan Luzzaro Feb. 23, 2012 @ 9:01 p.m.

Anthony's in Chula Vista was a standard that people relied on for years.

I worry that the new jobs created in Chula Vista will not provide people with the wherewithal to buy the houses in Chula Vista.

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Visduh Feb. 25, 2012 @ 2:55 p.m.

I rather doubt the closing of Anthony's in CV was a reflection on that city. The family had over a half-dozen restaurants spread around the county a quarter-century ago. Now they are down to two. Gone are the Grotto restaurants in La Jolla and Chula Vista, Harborside across from the Embarcadero, Star of the Sea next to the grotto on the Embarcadero, and a Fishette down near Seaport Village. It is pretty obvious that the younger generation(s) of the Ghio family just don't much care about the biz. I don't remember exactly when son-in-law Roy Weber passed away, but afterward those in the know said he was the brains and drive behind the business. Since he died it has been all downhill for Anthony's.

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tomjohnston Feb. 25, 2012 @ 6:46 p.m.

What about the La Mesa location? I'm pretty sure it's still open also.

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Visduh Feb. 27, 2012 @ 12:42 p.m.

That is one of the two I referred to.

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