Letter to the Editor: Silver linings

As you may now know, Ralphs on Long Beach Boulevard closed its doors on June 15, and now Orchard [Supply Hardware (OSH)] is set to close too. The big-box retailers like Ralphs and OSH have major internal issues within their corporate structure that are far beyond our control. We hate to see these businesses close, but their issues are ones we cannot do much about.
However, we are here to tell you that the sky is not falling! There is so much positive momentum in the area, and we are seeing more and more investment in Bixby Knolls than ever before. People are buying buildings and making improvements; businesses are relocating to Bixby Knolls because it’s a “hot” neighborhood; retail spaces are being filled along Atlantic Avenue; service businesses are moving onto Long Beach Boulevard; two new restaurants will open up in the area; the [Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association] (BKBIA) continues the façade improvements, security patrols, and monthly events and programs; Cal Heights Clean Streets keeps the corridors spotless each week; the former Blockbuster space on Roosevelt and Long Beach Boulevard has been leased and will get a major facelift and same for the former Arnold’s property; and a real-estate agent told us that people referring to the April Sunset Magazine article are coming to look for houses in the area. [Long Beach] City Manager Pat West says other parts of the city are looking at Bixby Knolls as a model for community-building.
We ask that you continue supporting our smaller businesses that make up the backbone of our area. There is a lot to celebrate and be proud of in Bixby Knolls.
You are encouraged to write to the CEO of OSH and show your support for keeping the store in Long Beach. Write to: osh.feedback@osh.com or Mark.Baker@osh.com .

Blair Cohn
Executive Director
Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association

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