By Karen Brainard
Several new businesses are planning to open that will provide more dining and shopping options in town.
Members of the Ramona Design Review Board saw plans at its May 25 meeting for a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and a Big 5 Sporting Goods store that will occupy the former Foodland space in Sun Valley Center in the 1300 block of Main Street.
At the meeting, architect Carole Wylie stepped down from her seat on the board to show site plans of adjustments to the front of the building. Wylie said she has designed changes to the parapets, glass and canopies on the front of the building. Fresh & Easy and Big 5 are working on the interior design of the retail space, she said.
Fresh & Easy bills itself as a market selling fresh foods at low prices, which is accomplished by using energy-efficient green technology. According to the site plans, the market will occupy almost 13,700 square feet of space.
The plans show that the space for Big 5 Sporting Goods will be approximately 10,000 square feet. There was no word on when either store will open.
Another new business that is preparing to open is The Yogurt Barn, also in the Sun Valley Center, at 1334 Main St. Owner Lauri Youngblood said she could be opening in three to four weeks but it is dependent on paperwork and the process with the Ramona Municipal Water District.
Youngblood, who owns a yogurt shop in Lakeside, said she was looking into opening a store in Ramona last year when another prospective yogurt shop retailer ran into issues with the water district. Carla Westhoff was hoping to open a store in the Stater Bros. shopping center but she said the number of sewer EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) required for that location was too costly for her.
At that time, Youngblood said she was already buying her equipment and, because she had a shop in Lakeside, she knew what to check on before signing her lease. However, after reading a story in the Sentinel about Westhoff’s dilemma with the water district, Youngblood said she checked on the EDU requirements.
Youngblood moved to Ramona two years ago from Lakeside and said she enjoys sponsoring sports teams and school activities, something she has done in Lakeside. Two of her three boys attend schools in the Ramona school district.
“I do have a lot of customers already from Ramona at the Lakeside shop,” she said.
She will have 10 flavors of yogurt every day and will offer a sugar-free and a non-dairy yogurt, along with toppings.
“It’s going to be self-serve,” she added.
A deli, called Just-n-Time, is planned for the space between Nuevo Grill and Laund-Yet-Mutt in the Albertsons shopping center in the 1400 block of Main Street.
Owners Art and Michelle Cambland and their son, Justin Humbert, who will serve as the cook and manager, attended the design review board meeting to obtain approval for a roof-mounted exhaust and propane tank. The board also gave its approval for dimensions for signage. Michelle Cambland told the board they are making sure they pass all regulations and requirements before signing the lease.
Humbert, who lives in Ramona and has worked in the restaurant business in other locations, said the deli will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Menu offerings will include breakfast sandwiches, deli grinders, and pulled pork and tri-tip sandwiches.
“Everything will be made in-house,” he said, adding that they plan to design the menu around locally-grown vegetables and other local products.
Humbert said they decided to launch the deli because they thought it was needed in Ramona.
“We just love Ramona,” he said. “It sounded like a good idea.”