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Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer

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Within a few months, mega farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Co. will introduce itself to the San Diego County market with a new store opening on none other than Ramona’s Main Street.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open at Main and Hunter streets some time in the third quarter, according to Randy Guiler, Tractor Supply’s vice president investor relations.

The contractor on the job, CSI Construction of Irvine, began construction on Feb. 5. A tentative completion date is late June.

Montecito Ranch developer works on mitigation project

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An area off Montecito Way across from an old rodeo arena is being used as a vernal pool restoration/creation area for the Montecito Ranch development, according to a consultant working with the developer.

Last month some residents saw workers planting at the site. Round depressions in the ground were flagged with new plants. The mitigation bank, adjacent to the northeast portion of the county-owned Ramona Grasslands Preserve, is within an approximately 220-acre site dedicated to open space for Montecito Ranch, said a county official.

Venus Nails & Spa celebrates third anniversary

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Diane Lam, fourth from left, owner of Venus Nails & Spa at 1672 Main St., Suite A, and her staff treat clients to an array of authentic Vietnamese food and refreshments to celebrate the third anniversary of the business on Saturday, Dec. 14. From left are Donna Do, Christina Nguyen, Kim Trin, Lam, Ivy Njam, Lena Trin, Julia Nham, Katie Phan, Lee Le, Emily Phan and Linda Ma.

Drive-through backups cause concern

Traffic backups at Main and 13th streets, caused by those in line at the Starbucks drive-through, was discussed as a safety issue by the Ramona Community Planning Group and its Transportation and Trails (T&T) Subcommittee.

T&T Chair Carl Hickman told the planning group at its Nov. 7 meeting that vehicles typically line up from the Starbucks’ driveway onto Main Street during the morning rush hours.

Town & Country adds Real Estate Property Management Division

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Stephanie Norvell, broker of Town & Country Home Loans Inc., said she is proud to announce an addition to her office, Nicole McKee-Ward, who will be operating Town & Country Real Estate Property Management Division.

“I have always admired how Nicole handles her property management clients in our town of Ramona,” said Norvell. “She is well liked throughout the community and her professional skills are superior. If you are in need of a property manager or need to rent a property here in Ramona, please contact our office at 760-789-9995 and speak to Nicole directly.”

Design group to review workforce housing plan

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A site plan review for an affordable workforce housing development on Robertson Street behind Kmart is on the agenda for the Ramona Design Review Board’s meeting Thursday, Aug. 29.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

AMCAL’s 60-unit complex with a California farmhouse design is proposed for 4.2 acres of an eight-acre parcel on the north side of Robertson Street at Pala Street. Target renters will be

Alpaca farm to serve as stop on yarn crawl

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La Dolce Vita Alpaca Farm in Ramona will be included in the San Diego Yarn Crawl, a free, self-guided tour of yarn stores and alpaca farms Sept. 26 to 29.

Hours of the four-day event are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The crawl will feature demonstrations, trunk shows, special events and give-aways at each location.

New store planned in Sun Valley center

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The vacant storefront in the Sun Valley Shopping Center on Main Street is finally going to get a tenant — 99¢ Only Stores®.

According to the company, opening date is set for Oct. 24.

Located next to Big 5 Sporting Goods, the 99¢ Only Store will occupy the 18,000 square feet of former grocery store space, said Bill Henigsman of TNT Electric Sign Inc.

New home construction under way

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Three new homes are being built along San Vicente Road, a possible signal that Ramona is rebounding from the housing downturn.

The homes, sandwiched between 12th Street and Barger Place, just northwest of Grace Community Church, are scheduled to be complete in October. Crews began constructing the homes in mid-July.

Two of the three homes in the so-called Trifecta Homes Project have already been sold, leaving one up for grabs, said Ramona Realtor Jeff Gan of ReMax Direct.

Coldwell Banker Country Realty ranked No. 3 in U.S., Canada

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Katie McNorton, broker/owner of the Coldwell Banker real estate office in Ramona, says she is excited to announce that the office has been ranked No. 3 for Coldwell Banker offices of similar size throughout the United States and Canada. The ranking is for the first half of 2013.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for a real estate office located in an area this far removed from a large metropolitan city,” said McNorton. “It is a true testament to the hardworking, highly ethical agents we have.“

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