Jacks Leads La Mirada Expansion E-mail
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Thursday, 30 March 2017 20:09

La Mirada~IMPACT Properties, a premier real estate agency with more than $128 million in transactions, recently announced its expansion into Los Angeles County with the opening of a new office in La Mirada to meet market demand.

In addition to the agency’s headquarters in Orange County, the new space doubles IMPACT’s footprint in Southern California.

Don Jacks, a real estate veteran with more than 20 years of experience, was tapped by IMPACT Properties’ founder and CEO Aaron Zapata to lead the new office which offers residential listings, foreclosures and property management services.

Seasoned Real Estate Professional Takes Helm of New Office

With more than two decades of experience selling homes in communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, Don Jacks will lead the new La Mirada office, effective immediately. Jacks is ranked in the top three percent of REALTORS® nationwide, and is a real estate coach for one of the leading real estate coaching and training companies in the world and brings his coaching experience to help his agents succeed.

A proud father of four, Jacks has coached youth soccer since 2000 and is a founding member and president of the La Mirada Soccer Association, serving the soccer needs of more than 1,000 children in the community.

“As a local resident, I am invested in this community and look forward to leading the L.A. office,” said Jacks. “IMPACT’s approach to achieving results for our clients with unparalleled customer service and innovative marketing tools drew me to the agency. I look forward to working with the team of agents and the community to support their real estate needs.”

IMPACT Properties’ new office is located at 16700 Valley View Avenue, Suite 300 in La Mirada.

Business Beat: Steinmart May Switch to Ross; Elephant Bar Closes its Doors E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:30

La Mirada~According to a source, for unnamed reasons, the Steinmart located at 15754 Imperial Highway will be closing its doors when its lease expires in February. Multiple sources have also indicated to us that a Ross Department Store may take its place.The Steinmart is expected to remain open through the end of the year.

Also, we received a message the Elephant Bar Restaurant at 14303 Firestone Boulevard has shuttered. We tried calling the restaurant earlier this evening to confirm, but there was no answer and no message opportunity. After visiting the site, we can confirm the restaurant has closed.

The Costa Mesa-based parent S.B. Restaurant Co. filed for bankruptcy in 2014 and closed 16 units. They also closed 4 units in the Bay area last month. A check of the chains website revealed the La Miirada location has been omitted with only three Southern California locations remaining.

In 1980, founder of the Carrows family-dining chain, David Nancarrow, opened the first Elephant Bar Restaurant location in Lubbock, Texas. At one time, the chain had 25 stores in six states.

The La Mirada Blog has also learned the Big O Tires on Valley View Avenue has also closed its doors.

Business Landscape Changing in La Mirada E-mail
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Monday, 02 November 2015 21:11

Dunkel Bros. Machinery Moving is….Moving.

The La Mirada-based company will be staying in town, but will be relocating to 14555 Alondra Blvd after the California Department of Transportation purchased its current facility on Firestone Blvd. for the I-5 Widening Project, it announced last year.

The firm is best known for the well-publicized move of the Space Shuttle Endeavor from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center two years ago.

They will be renovating the building on Alondra that was built in 1968 and utilizing it as its corporate headquarters. The building is 237,089 square feet building and sits on 12+ acres.

The building originally was scheduled to be demolished but the previous owner (Heitman LLC) received an offer from Dunkel they couldn’t refuse.

The 2015 holiday season may be the last chance for area residents to view the company’s famous light display that adorns the 5 freeway every year.

Full Steamed Buns Ahead

Plans to build a McDonald’s at the site of the iconic Carriage Coffee Shop are moving forward according to City Community Development Manager Alison Moore.

A fire broke out in the kitchen in December of last year and shuttered the eatery permanently.

Many people have commented and speculated publicly on this website’s Facebook page, the fire last year seemed suspicious at a time when the closure of The Carriage seemed imminent.

Moore told us indications from the developer, Rich Development, reflect that there should be “activity” on the site soon.

Diving Right In

Pacific Diving Academy USA, Inc. currently located in Santa Fe Springs will be moving to La Mirada after purchasing the former 24-Hour Fitness facility located on La Mirada Blvd.

The non-profit organization was founded in 1996 by Andy and Amy Kwan. Along with a world class dry-land diving facility, their training center houses a full size gymnastics spring floor, numerous gymnastics apparatus, dance studio, and a weight training center.

The company purchased the building outright. Kimco Realty Corp. are the owners of most of the remainder of the Theatre Center.

The City currently contracts, with the academy for some of their classes.

The former LA Fitness gym next to IHOP is currently undergoing a renovation you can see when you drive by.

La Mirada Chamber to Host Home-Based Business Meet and Greet E-mail
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Sunday, 18 October 2015 18:35

The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce is inviting La Mirada home-based businesses to attend a meet and greet at the Sporting News Grill on October 29th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Attendees will get the chance to meet their local chamber board members face to face and find out what services are available for them.La Mirada Chamber logo

The free event hosted by the chamber will also include appetizers and a chance to converse and network with other home-based business owners in La Mirada.

The Sporting News Grill/La Mirada is located 14299 Firestone Boulevard at the 5 freeway, just east of Valley View Avenue.

Contact Executive Director Dustin Dahl for more information at 714-655-7340 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce was established and has been helping businesses grow since 1958.

Sporting News Grill to Host Grand Opening Party E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 16:16

La Mirada~The city’s newest restaurant & sports bar, the Sporting News Grill, is now open and will be hosting a grand opening party Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with drinks, prizes and giveaways.

It is located at the Holiday Inn Hotel, 14299 Firestone Boulevard at the 5 freeway.

The La Mirada Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting preceding the grand opening at 4:30 p.m.

As part of the event, Sporting news Grill will donate 25 % of all proceeds to “From Maddi’s Closet,” a non-profit organization based in La Mirada that works to build public awareness of childhood cancer throughout our community bringing love, hope and joy to children battling the disease.

The La Mirada unit will be the first in California and the largest for the Holiday Inn chain of restaurants now operating all over the country.

The restaurant will feature a full-service sports bar and will offer over 20 flat screen TV's, one 80" flat LED TV and 24 beer lines.

The former home of Lew’s and more recently the Red Robin, the interior has been gutted and revamped. It is roomy and spacious featuring stonework and polished wood.

The menu includes appetizers, classic & specialty burgers, a wide variety of fresh salads, pizza, gourmet steaks and more.

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