Dollar Tree, Staples, Toys R Us, Ulta Beauty, PetSmart Lead Big Box Invasion

Several major retailers will open shop in Seal Beach next month.

Penny-pinchers, rejoice!

A new Dollar Tree will open next to on Seal Beach Boulevard within a month.

And that’s just the beginning.

Seal Beach is undergoing a bit of a building boom, or renovating boom as the case may be. In the years since the recession brought construction to a halt, there have been few major building projects and businesses openings in town, but by the end of September, Seal Beach will have several new major retailers.

“As for Dollar Tree, I just signed off on their business license today,” Seal Beach Senior Planner, Jerry Olivera, said Friday. “They are starting to bring in some shelves and merchandise.”

Dollar Tree will likely be open within three weeks, and the new big box stores at the will open soon after, said Olivera.

The new Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Staples, Ulta Beauty and PetSmart are all looking to open a couple months before the holiday shopping season, said Olivera.

“These days. That means September,” he said.

In the Old Town area, many have been wondering what will become of the recently closed Sofa U Love. An ear clinic has been given the green light by the California Coastal Commission to renovate the building and open Shohet Ear Associates.

“It’s been a while since we have had a lot going on in Seal Beach,” Olivera said. “I think it’s a good sign for the construction industry, the economy and Seal Beach.”


Are you glad to see the new stores come, or do you were you hoping for something different?

hf2hvit August 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Dollar Tree? What's next? 99cent only??
hf2hvit August 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
BIG LOTS??? That's some real sales tax revenue there
LSG August 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Of course, Main Street, Seal Beach would never allow these stores in...only the outskirts of the city....thanks alot...
Al Gore August 27, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The Dollar Tree is much nicer than the 99 cent store.
Mo August 27, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I'd really like to see a fabric and/or Craft store in this area. We have to go 20 minutes to Joann Fabrics to get materials, etc.
CDC August 27, 2012 at 04:39 PM
They only allow messy fig tree to go in.
CDC August 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
"Seal Beach will have several new major retailers" Actually Rossmoor and Leisure World will be forced to have several new retailers. I doubt the landlord clan in Seal Beach will cross the bridge at holiday time.
MamaCL August 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
What no more room at "shops @ Rossmoor" for another low end big box store??...finally building dept approves not welcome store within city limits. Now SB residents can feel our pain
S.A.P. August 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
If you don't like big box stores, why not make your feelings known by not patronizing them? That is my plan
MamaCL August 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I am so on board with that! One big store is enough for me...there is nothing I would buy from any of these stores that I couldn't find at Target.
Carmelcat August 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
And still there is nothing to do.... no bowling, no movies, no game rooms, no place for kids parties, no sewing/crafts supplies and lessons, no charming places to walk, or little spots to put your packages down and have a sip, no place for friends, for moms and daughters to take shopping strolls, no charm. Just another big honking ordinary mall. Every towns got one, and they all look alike.
Gary August 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Thanks Seal Beach, I'm a Rossmoor resident and cannot navigate the mess you have created for myself and others to get home anymore and that's about to get worse. I wonder if you've taken any thought as to the residents here, you've created a tremendous crime wave here and lowered house prices.
CDC August 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Also, that shopping center is SUPER dangerous to walk or drive in and is ONLY getting worse. There are zero side walks or cross walks crossing the parking lot to the outer shops near the blvd. Every time I drive down to the shopping center at night I see people with their dogs trying to run the gauntlet of moving cars to get to the yogurt shop and patio. The designers and city should have designed the parking lots with center walk ways that go between the parking spaces like Costco has. They are very safe. But that would make too much since and take to many car spaces. Seal Beach and the greedy owners want to shoe horn in as many cars/customers in that lot as they can. Who cares if a few pedestrians and dogs get run over. They allowed for that in their dollar cost analysis.
S.A.P. August 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Why blame Seal Beach? I don't want those stores either, anywhere.
Carmelcat August 27, 2012 at 09:57 PM
If I were a corporation and owned this big plot of land, I might make a money focused enterprise just like this mall. But if I were an elected official, a commissioner, a city father, I would ask... "What would enhance community life? What would be pleasurable for citizens?" Too bad so many public officials think big tax revenue equals a successful city. We should be electing people who love creating beauty and community and can still balance a buget. this mall could have been shops around a fountain, a band shell, a zocolo, a place where families could bike to &/or walk about in the evenings, could enjoy a drink, a cone, a visit with other locals AND buy some shoes, pick up a prescription, order flowers. It could have been a place of sociality & businesses.
Angel August 28, 2012 at 06:43 AM
You are some angry mo-fo's. There are some communities in the city that would kill to have some larger retail stores in their neighborhoods. If you don't like it, shut up, sell your home and move to one of those neighborhoods. Or, move to Main Street because as much as you love to hate it, you'd move there in a heart beat!
Dave August 28, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Yeah and maybe they could plant some money trees and we won't need tax generating stores we could just build everything with the money off the trees
met00 August 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Hmm, shove more traffic into Los Al and Rossmoor? AND we get to keep the sales tax revenue! A win-win for Seal Beach, not so much a good neighbor policy, but why care when you get all the money and none of the mess?
met00 August 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Yes, they have. And they said "go F yourselves". And to think that a majority of Rossmoor residents when asked iof they wanted to be part of SB or Los Al choose SB. Don't you know if you live north of the hill you will never count?
met00 August 28, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Do you live north of the hill? If not, then why are you bothered at all? You get the best of all worlds. You get all the sales tax and NONE of the problems. Just like the SB City Council planned.
met00 August 28, 2012 at 11:53 PM
SB get's all the profit, and none of the pain. Los Al and Rossmoor get all of the pain, and none of the profit. And the people on the south side of the hill have NO PROBLEM with that formula. Yeah the people in CP may have a minor problem, but we will just annex the dog park from Los Al and then pour a bit more money into their tennis courts and they will STFU.
tiny August 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It's a shame - not people friendly. The problem is with "our" economic system. There is no morality to it. The only measure of success is how much money you make. So if you make money with a scientific discovery, by manufacuting, or by running a casino or financial speculation, it's all measured the same. And guess what's much easier to make a buck at and has taken control. Plus most cities are struggling with their budgets and they want to keep things going.
tiny August 29, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Paige Austin August 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Marty, I have definitely not heard that one. Where did you get that?
CDC August 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Met00, The Arbor Dog Park is already in Los Al. Seal Beach is squatting on that land thanks to their big bully friend the Air Station. Look at any official city map. You and the city need to get the land back and charge Seal Beach a nice user fee. Currently they are charging Los Al residents to use their own land. Got to love Seal Beach...Not!
CDC August 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Why don't you ask good old Mitt Romney for one. Bain Capital owned Staples and currently owns Toys R Us. Bain planned for this Toys R Us in our nice neighborhood. Makes their shitty store look more upscale, while lowering our property values. Maybe they will park a "Burlington Coat Factory" in the shopping center for you. They own that awful store also. Thanks Bain. And YOU won't see any of these stores planted anywhere near his new mega million dollar house in La Jolla. Must be fun to live off all that blood money from ex-workers dissolved pensions, benefits, and company savings. Hail to the thief!
S.A.P. August 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I seriously don't believe that
S.A.P. September 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Met, I will answer your question after you answer mine.
met00 September 02, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I blame Seal Beach that sought revenue without consideration of their neighbors. Sort of like they were upset that Long Beach was going to develop that massive complex at PCH and Westminster, and if it had a negative effect on Seal Beach, well that was too bad. When a city makes a decision to put something that they know will be a problem on their neighbors borders, then the right thing to do is profit share with the neighboring city so that they can use some of the income from the new problem to offset any other problems that the development creates (like mitigation of traffic). Seal beach provided Rossmoor and Los Al with absolutely NO mitigation. We got the mess, they got the income. As long as it doesn't affect the south side of the hill, it's not a problem for Seal Beach.


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