The following represents just a sampling of business news in the community.
Celebrating new Mission Viejo businesses
Five Guys Burgers and Fries is set to open Monday in the Alicia Towne Plaza at 24391 Alicia Parkway. This former bank building was transformed into a new 2,710-square-foot restaurant with an outdoor dining area. The menu offers made-to-order hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. For more information, visit www.fiveguys.com.
Mission Viejo’s second new LA Fitness will open for business at 27741 Crown Valley in the Kaleidoscope Entertainment Center on Friday, August 3. The new 46,000-square-foot health club will feature group and personal fitness classes, state-of-the-art equipment, basketball courts, a spin room, lap pool, spa, sauna and Kids Klub. For membership information, visit the on-site sales office or www.lafitness.com.
The newly constructed 4,600-square-foot Chase Bank branch will open at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at 25112 Marguerite Parkway with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This new business will create 11 new jobs, including a small business specialist. For more information, visit www.Chase.com.
Jos. A. Bank will open a 7,000-square-foot retail store on Friday, August 10 at 28331 Marguerite Parkway in the Mission Viejo Town Center. This national men’s clothing retailer offers tailored and casual clothing, footwear and accessories. Jos. A. Bank has grown to over 550 locations in the U.S. since the first store opened 107 years ago. Call the store’s new number at 949-364-2673 for more information.
News from The Shops at Mission Viejo
The newest Sleep Number Store will open Friday, August 3 on the lower level of the Shops at Mission Viejo. The store specializes in individualized sleep comfort with adjustable mattresses. There are over 400 Sleep Number Stores nationwide. For more information, call 949-347-0705.
Children’s clothing store Hanna Andersson is now open on the lower level of The Shops at Mission Viejo, between Brighton Collectibles and True Religion. Hanna Andersson opened in 1983 and has grown to 40 stores nationwide. Through the Hanna Helps Program, a portion of every purchase is donated to support children in need. The program awards yearly grants to hundreds of schools and nonprofit groups serving children across the nation.
City wins Rose Award from OC Taxpayers Association
The City of Mission Viejo recently received a Rose Award from the OC Taxpayers Association. Rose Awards are given to individuals or organizations that have been friends to taxpayers in the previous year. Mission Viejo’s “Improve Don’t Move” Program incentivized homeowners and businesses to build within the City by waiving and reducing building permit fees. The pilot program saved Mission Viejo residents and businesses over $500,000 during the last six months and it generated more than $23 million in economic activity. The pilot program included building permit fee waivers of 100% for residential projects, a 25% reduction in commercial permit fees and a waiver of the Certificate of Occupancy fee for business owners applying for a certificate with no tenant improvements. This program also offered amnesty for any residential or commercial renovation, which had been completed without permits, by waiving any accrued penalties during the past six months. This program was funded with a portion of the $1.8 million budget surplus from 2011.
Chamber of Commerce Officers
The Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently selected officers for the next year. They include President Frank Priore of Jaguar Land Rover; President Elect Charlie Woodward of Aflac; Treasurer Wendi Coley of Coley Accountancy; and Secretary Scot Shier of Quintessential Financial. Congratulations and thank you to these local business leaders for their service. For more information, visit www.missionviejochamber.com or call 949-470-8409.