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Retail, dining selections growing in National City

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The retail scene in National City is particularly dynamic this year, with many new stores and restaurants moving into the city. The biggest headline so far this year came with the locally owned and operated Mor Furniture for Less opening a new store at the old Circuit City site. The store space, which served as the anchor for Town & Country Center, had been vacant for more than a year.

Mor Furniture completely remodeled the more than 33,000 square foot retail space, located at 1608 Sweetwater Road, and hired 25 employees. They held a grand opening event in May.

“Sales have been booming at our new National City store,” said Rick Haux of Mor Furniture. “The community is excited to have a local store with a large inventory in which to shop.”

Mor Furniture for Less is well known for their concept of marketing a variety of products with ideas for every room in the house. The store offers a multitude of styles, type and color of product and varying price points for the budget conscious, many with interest-free finance programs.

In April, Vallarta Supermarket, a 45,000-square-foot, Mexican-style grocery store, opened its doors at 901 Euclid Avenue. Vallarta hired 240 people, and National City Councilman Luis Natividad worked closely with Vallarta’s owner to ensure the majority of the new hires were National City residents.

2011 brought even more food choices and jobs to National City with the opening of a second Tita’s Kitchenette (“Tita’s II”), a popular Filipino restaurant, and Baskin Robbins opened a kiosk at Westfield Plaza Bonita. Last year, El Super grocery store opened on Highland Avenue, occupying the former Mervyn’s site.

Looking forward, Plaza Village Senior Living will celebrate their grand opening on June 23 and La Maestra Family Health Center will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on June 28. In addition, Nordstrom announced recently that the company will open a 42,222 square foot Nordstrom Rack store on the second level of Westfield Plaza Bonita mall in October. More jobs are sure to follow. Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse is also eying National City for a new store.

In support of the robust business expansion activity underway in National City, the National City Chamber of Commerce teamed with Jobing.com to create a Web-based career center where chamber member businesses can post job openings, and the public can browse jobs and post their resumes.

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