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Gotta Eatta Pita restaurant now open in Antioch; Grand Opening Sat., March 11

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

By Allen Payton

The newest location for Gotta Eatta Pita’s fresh Mediterranean food just opened in Antioch, on Monday, on Mahogany Way across from the Lowe’s store and next door to KFC. Owners Yaniv Benaroya and Eric Huber, who have been active in Antioch real estate for the past several years with their Property Upsurge company, are excited to open one of their restaurants, here, as well. The Antioch location is the fifth in their chain, which includes locations in Danville, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton and San Jose.

They’re holding their Grand Opening, this Saturday and are giving away free Pita from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You’re gonna want to try their tasty menu items. Yaniv’s mother, Shoshi Benaroya is the one whose recipes they’re using.

Plus, it’s healthy food, too. Their hand-baked, fresh daily pita bread has no preservatives or dairy. The chicken shawarma is all natural, raised without hormones and always served fresh. The falafel is freshly ground with herbs and spices and their feta cheese is made with 100% sheep milk. A portion of the veggies they serve is organically grown and they buy local whenever possible.

Even their sodas are healthy, and tasty, too. When I stopped by on Monday with my mom, I tried the Stubborn Agave Vanilla Cream. Mmmmm. Yaniv let us sample their newest menu item, healthy French fries with the skin on them, which they’re testing in Antioch, first. Gotta Eatta Pita also serves salads and baklava for dessert.

So, stop by this week and try out one or more of their menu items (see below) and download the flyer, above bring it with you, this Saturday for your free stuffed pita.

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Antioch Economic Development Update: Auto processing company locates at 108-acre site

Friday, February 17th, 2017

CDC’s property on Wilbur Avenue in Antioch, the site of AMPCOR’s new operations. photo courtesy of CDC.

Also, Autozone to open in former Delta Fresh Foods location

According to Antioch City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated Feb. 10, 2017, an 108-acre site in Antioch on 2101-2603 Wilbur Avenue has been leased to AMPORTS. In August of 2016 the industrial waterfront site in Antioch, California formerly known as the Gaylord Container/Forestar site with access to deep water port/wharf was purchased for $7 million by Commercial Development Company Inc. (CDC), a company out of St. Louis and a leading North American commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company.

AMPORTS is a leader in the global automotive service industry for over 50 years of experience. With multiple locations in the United States and Mexico, AMPORTS is one of the largest auto processors in North America. Nearby they operate at the Port of Benicia in the Benicia Industrial Park, where AMPORTS facility covers 640 acres.

AMPORTS is expanding their automotive logistics services to Antioch. The site in Antioch will be used to process vehicles, inspect, and detail before they go to various dealerships. AMPORTS anticipates creating about 50 direct local jobs for their operations and are pleased with the business friendly welcoming the City of Antioch has offered with getting their business up and running.

The paper mill was retired and demolished in 2002. Since closing, environmental impact from past operations has limited redevelopment options. CDC’s remediation plans give fresh potential to redevelop this attractive waterfront industrial site.

In addition to selling surplus real estate to CDC, this transaction enabled Forestar Group to transfer environmental obligations to Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc. (ELT), an affiliate of CDC.  ELT assumed responsibility for legacy environmental liabilities associated with the site and its former operators.

EnviroAnalytics Group (EAG), another CDC affiliate, will work with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to oversee ongoing remedial activities, including environmental monitoring, to bring the site to regulatory closure. Successful environmental clean-up will reposition this site for port and industrial re-use and stimulate new construction and jobs.

Throughout the remediation process, CDC will be performing land studies, market assessments, and meeting with community stakeholders to determine the highest and best use for this site going forward.

This site is zoned heavy industrial and has a pier on the San Joaquin River to support international shipping, as well as nearby rail. With excellent access to Hwy 4 and the San Joaquin River, this 108 acre site is among the largest deep water sites in the East Bay region and can support logistical and industrial users. The site also has 2000 feet of Wilbur Avenue frontage and is near the new Antioch BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station scheduled to open this year.

“We are excited to expand our redevelopment efforts into the East Bay region” said Steve Collins, Executive Vice President at Commercial Development Company, Inc., “Our acquisition of this deep-water industrial port is the first step to repurposing this strategic property. The Antioch market is poised for economic rebirth and CDC is pleased to bring this site to market.”

To learn more about Amports visit www.amports.com. To learn more about CDC visit www.cdcco.com.

AutoZone

In addition, Duran reports that AutoZone anticipates taking over a 13,860 square foot store, formerly Delta Fresh Foods, located at 4036 Lone Tree Way. Renovations and permitting are in progress.

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Vote for your favorite Antioch businesses in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards contest

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

2017 People's Choice Awards logos

See pages 9 & 10 of the February issue

Who will you choose for your favorite Antioch businesses, this year? Now is your chance to decide and we’ll honor the best businesses with the 2017 Antioch People’s Choice Awards with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze.

You’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from a local, Antioch business just for completing and turning in a ballot. The deadline is March 10 to submit your ballot to the Antioch Herald office at 101 H Street, Waldie Plaza, Suite 3 in the old Casino Building in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

So, turn to pages 9 and 10 of the February issue cut out the official ballot or click on the Antioch People’s Choice Awards link at the top of our website, or download the ballot, print out and start voting! 2017 Antioch People’s Choice Awards Official Ballot

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Watch UFC 208 Holm vs De Randamie at Tailgaters, Saturday night, Feb. 11

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Tailgaters UFC 02-11-17

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Kids enjoy the 6-week Super Skater Program at Paradise Skate

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Paradise Skate program

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Sylvia’s Florist celebrates ribbon cutting with Antioch community, business leaders

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Owner Sylvia Sandoval, her husband Valentin, friends, and Antioch community and business leaders celebrate the ribbon cutting of Sylvia's Florist on A Street, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. photo by Casey Quist

Owner Sylvia Sandoval with scissors, her husband Valentin (in blue suit), friends, and Antioch community and business leaders celebrate the ribbon cutting for Sylvia’s Florist on A Street, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. photo by Casey Quist, Studio 505

By Allen Payton

As their third anniversary draws near, on March 1st, Sylvia’s Florist held a ribbon cutting as a new member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, on Friday evening, Jan. 27, 2017. Attended by members of the Antioch City Council and Chamber, the evening featured beautiful flower arrangements and refreshments, including a fountain of dark chocolate in which to dip fruit and marshmallows, a few speeches and a free red rose to each of those who attended.

Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe was first to share his thoughts, representing the City of Antioch.

“Thank you for opening your business here in Antioch,” he said. “It’s important for our economic vitality because it’s going to be small businesses that will help us move forward.”

“Certainly in addition I can’t express enough how we’re in a time of change,” Thorpe continued. “I’m delighted you’re here and offering diversity for our residents.”

“Sylvia is from Colima in Mexico. She came here 17 years ago to work hard but most importantly to give back to our country,” he added. “Thank you for making a difference and showing that everybody has a place in our community.”

Chamber CEO Richard Pagano spoke next.

“On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, thank you so much that you have opened a business in our community so we can do great things in our community,” he shared. “The community is built on the back of people like yourselves.”

That was followed by a presentation Colleen Isenberg of Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office with certificates from him and Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

Antioch Mayor Sean Wright then shared his thoughts.

“I’m so happy for you,” he said. “This is where I started (his chiropractic business in the same building) in Antioch. You have done an amazing turn around. It’s light it’s fresh. It’s just fun to come in.”

“We want you to be successful,” Wright continued. “Reach out to us.”

Owner Sylvia Sandoval who was joined by her husband Valentin Manriquez, family and friends, thanked all who attended.

“Thank you so much for everyone being here,” she said. “I’m so happy. It’s a really good feeling that I can count on you guys. I was nervous. I was excited.”

“Especially thanks to Jack (Monroe, the Chamber’s Membership Representative). He’s been a real blessing,” Sandoval continued. “Thanks to my pastor, my family they’ve been a real support for me.”

“I’m here to serve you,” she added. “I’m not just a flower shop. I rent table cloths, even Port-a-potties.”

Located at 2008 A Street in the ABC Building in Antioch, Sylvia’s is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To place your order for Valentine’s Day or any occasion, call them at (925) 755-0482. Learn more by visiting and “like” their Facebook page at.

 

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Watch the Super Bowl at Tailgaters, pick the score and win $1,000

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Tailgaters Super Bowl promo

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Frazier to be guest speaker at East County Boost Your Business workshop in Antioch, Jan. 27

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Assemblymember Jim Frazier will be a special guest at an upcoming free workshop for East Contra Costa County businesses that want to learn more about using social media to promote their work. Co-sponsored by the Antioch and Brentwood Chambers of Commerce, the workshop will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017, at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch.

The “Boost Your Business” event will give participants up-to-date tools, insights and best practices for using Facebook and Instagram to grow their business. Participants will also hear tips and tricks from local business owners and learn about creative ways to reach out.

The workshop is free, but registration is encouraged. To sign up, or for more information, visit https://boostantioch.splashthat.com.

To contact Assembly member Frazier please visit his website at www.asmdc.org/frazier or call his District Office at 925-513-0411. Follow and “Like” him on Facebook for updates on events and happenings in the 11th AD.

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