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No Encinitas home for Mom or Pop

Longtime Mexican restaurant the next to close up

Consider this the "before" Encinitas Village photo
Consider this the "before" Encinitas Village photo

August 21 was the last day of business for Garcia’s, a longtime Mexican restaurant in Encinitas’ Village Square I strip mall shopping center, on the 1400 block of Encinitas Boulevard.

According to neighboring businesses, the new owners of the 1970s-built center forced most of the center’s businesses to leave by raising lease rates exorbitantly or by not renewing leases.

As reported here in May of 2015, 7-Eleven was the first to go because it wasn’t upscale enough for the center’s new planned renovation. Even deep-pockets Southland Corp., owners of 7-Eleven, opted out of a 50 percent lease increase. (Although the business was a locally owned franchise, Southland owned the building, equipment, and paid the lease.)

All but two of the businesses are gone

In addition to 7-Eleven and Garcia’s, gone now are Encinitas Ford’s leasing office, AMP Hobby Shop, a pool hall, Bety’s Tacos, Rite-Cut Barbershop, Donna’s Tailor Shop, a guitar shop, and a drive-thru locksmith kiosk.

Postal Depot and Salon Central both signed long-term leases prior to the sale of the center. (Swami’s Café, though on the Village Square I directory of businesses, was the first to leave the strip mall, relocating a bock away, at 1506 Encinitas Boulevard.)

The old 7-Eleven site is being rebuilt to house a Habit Burger, the latest location for the 147-store chain.

The entire center is now under a full-scale major remodel, to be rebranded as Encinitas Village. But according to one local merchant, “It’s Orange County coming to our town.”

Several attempts to try and discuss plans for the new center — by email and phone to leasing agent Phil Lyons of Cushman Wakefield — were unsuccessful.

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Consider this the "before" Encinitas Village photo
Consider this the "before" Encinitas Village photo

August 21 was the last day of business for Garcia’s, a longtime Mexican restaurant in Encinitas’ Village Square I strip mall shopping center, on the 1400 block of Encinitas Boulevard.

According to neighboring businesses, the new owners of the 1970s-built center forced most of the center’s businesses to leave by raising lease rates exorbitantly or by not renewing leases.

As reported here in May of 2015, 7-Eleven was the first to go because it wasn’t upscale enough for the center’s new planned renovation. Even deep-pockets Southland Corp., owners of 7-Eleven, opted out of a 50 percent lease increase. (Although the business was a locally owned franchise, Southland owned the building, equipment, and paid the lease.)

All but two of the businesses are gone

In addition to 7-Eleven and Garcia’s, gone now are Encinitas Ford’s leasing office, AMP Hobby Shop, a pool hall, Bety’s Tacos, Rite-Cut Barbershop, Donna’s Tailor Shop, a guitar shop, and a drive-thru locksmith kiosk.

Postal Depot and Salon Central both signed long-term leases prior to the sale of the center. (Swami’s Café, though on the Village Square I directory of businesses, was the first to leave the strip mall, relocating a bock away, at 1506 Encinitas Boulevard.)

The old 7-Eleven site is being rebuilt to house a Habit Burger, the latest location for the 147-store chain.

The entire center is now under a full-scale major remodel, to be rebranded as Encinitas Village. But according to one local merchant, “It’s Orange County coming to our town.”

Several attempts to try and discuss plans for the new center — by email and phone to leasing agent Phil Lyons of Cushman Wakefield — were unsuccessful.

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Parking will also be a problem - not enough spaces.

Aug. 25, 2016

ANOTHER fancy, overpriced and overrated burger joint? We already have Five Guys, Smashburger, and a host of others, all of which seem to see "no problemo" with asking (and getting) $6 plus for a jazzed-up burger. Who actually supports those joints? Somebody is doing that, and that may explain some of the obesity epidemic. These construction industry young guys who burn several thousand calories a day can only eat about so many mega-burgers. But among the locals, who trend toward physical fitness and lean eating, this sort of redevelopment doesn't mesh.

But, oh, those burgers and fries and beer, dey taste so good! Keep 'em coming for all the new arrivals and touristas. Those folks are on vacation, not a diet. Stuff their guts and send them home with a happy vibe about the future.

Aug. 26, 2016

It will be interesting to see how much support the new businesses get.

Aug. 27, 2016

I have returned from a 20 day odyssey on the east coast. First thing that got me was all the smoking! California is light-years ahead in the regard.

Then the fat people. I started feeling like there is a large population of Americans who only eat at AM/PM, Jack In The Box or 7/11.

The county fair in Crawford County Pennsylvania, perhaps the biggest county fair on the east coast, crowned this beauty as "Queen of the Fair." Well when you celebrate this as "winning" and worthy of a fairest of the fair award, it pretty much sums up American's problem with "Political Correctness" and the denial, if not acceptance of obesity.

Aug. 27, 2016

Geez, Ponz, must you rub it in? What are to do, laugh or cry? A year ago I made a trip through the southeast, looping around from and back to Atlanta. Surprisingly, even North Carolina, "the cigarette state" no longer allows smoking indoors. We found the folks to be most friendly and hospitable, and much less tense than here at home.

When it came to eats, after we'd had the usual B&B breakfast, we needed nothing again until dinner time rolled around. But the portion sizes were too generous, and as the trip progressed, I kept gaining weight.

But as you observe, there is at least a sub-culture that overeats to the max, and it shows magnificently out in public. Yet, are we free from that sort of thing here? (I just cracked myself up.)

Aug. 28, 2016

Okay, back to the topic. California real estate, particularly on the coast, is extremely valuable these days. These landlords kick out the local businesses because they are less predictable. A 20 year lease with Panera Bread or Chipotle is more desirable than mom and pops. Encinitas and Leucadia are going to gut each other from within because they have sold out to the highest of the upper class. These are no beach communities anymore, they are the enclaves of thousands of "millionaires next door."

Aug. 27, 2016

There's also the fact that in bad economies, which will happen in a 20 year lease cycle, chain stores do tend to go out of biz, Circuit City, Fresh n Easy, etc. So these leases are still due, but then can be re-leased to another chain. More commish for leasing agents.

Aug. 29, 2016

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