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New Businesses: Cash for Gold, Auto Parts, Pilates

San Juan Capistrano debuts merchants aiming to feed your wallet, keep your car running and improve your health.

Align Pilates Center

Not far from the rock’n’roll excitement of Swallow’s Inn lies Nicole Howard and Cara Fraser’s serene Align Pilates Center. Walk through the doors and you are immersed in a tranquility that allows you to focus on healing and strengthening your body.

Fraser and Howard's motto: “We are focused on the quality of movement, not just the quantity of exercise.”

Align Pilates offers private classes and varying hourly rates if you sign up with a friend or group.

Fraser and Howard have worked together since attending Long Beach State 13 years ago and have been teaching Pilates eight years.

“We give an assessment, a history of Pilates and a basic session for first-timers,” Howard said.

Cash for Gold

Located next to Tannins on Ortega Highway, Gold Max sports its bright “Cash for Gold” sign to lure customers willing to part with silver, diamonds, gold, flatware, tea sets and other valuables.

The San Juan Capistrano location is one of nearly 200 Gold Max stores nationwide. 

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Next time you hear the “Oh, oh, oh, O’Reilly” jingle on the radio, you can put a face to the name with San Juan's new O’Reilly Auto Parts store.

Taking over the old Sizzler location, the chain store opened its doors Sept. 23, according to manager Daniel Garcia.

The company signed a 15-year lease on the property, which was originally supposed to become an In-N-Out restaurant. But the parcel didn't have enough parking for the burger joint.

Concerned SJC Consumer October 04, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The SJC City Council has always stressed that they want businesses in town, especially the Downtown, that reflected the special history of SJC. Now we're dealing with a Cash for Gold and an auto parts store, one of which that is within 100 yards of town center. This laissez faire attitude by Council will only spawn more inappropriate businesses prompting the downhill cycle of SJC commercial to continue. What to do? There are proven retail recruitment companies with stellar records that have placed appropriate businesses in downtowns across California for many, many years...yet...the City and the Chamber of Commerce ignores them. And the degradation of SJC commercial continues its downward flight. Great.
Charles October 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How about a massage parlor, a check cashing place, a dive bar, a hangout for day laborers, a pawn shop, a pool hall, a head shop, a couple of liquor stores, and a pick-your-part? Anything is better than "AVAILABLE for LEASE, Call Rocko at 888-543-9876"
Frank E. October 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I don't think anyone wanted an auto parts store in the middle of downtown, but if the property is zoned commercial, the City Council cant dictate who the landlord leases to as long as they fit within the zoning. I was hoping for a sports bar.
Concerned SJC Consumer October 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
The City doesn't have to dictate (although In-and-Out may have a different opinion). The Sizzler space sat empty for years...my point is that if the City had employed a retail recruitment consultant to pro-actively bring in an appropriate business this property would have been filled months before the owner felt obligated to take the next offer he received. But, the City believes to "let the market dictate", and look what we have to show for it.
Matt Gaffney October 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Me too. There was a rumor that Skosh Monahan's was going to open in that location. Alas, it didn't work out. I don't really consider Del Obispo to be the middle of downtown. Gabe Baltierra had Capistrano Motor Machine on Camino Capistrano 50 years ago. At least I think that was the name of the store.
Matt Gaffney October 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
How do you know what the property owner's situation was?
Concerned SJC Consumer October 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Oh, you think maybe he wanted it empty? Interesting.
V. Duvall October 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Well, if you think about it. Since San Juan Auto Parts left, Anyone needing anything for their car has to go to Dana Point, San Clemente or Mission Viejo, so I suppose we might as well have the sales taxes come back to us. Sure, it's not the ideal spot but at this point it could have been worst. Sure a lot of us here don't do our own auto repairs but every once in awhile we do.
V. Duvall October 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Sure that's right spend more money on one more consultant. It should have been the property owners responsibility to have his listing agent hunt down a tenant. That's what they do, that's what the agents get paid for. The City is not the landlord and it is NOT their responsibility to find a tenant for anyone. Granted, they don't make it easy for businesses to come here and then they hinder the existing ones by allowing a sound wall to obscure them. These are the reasons we have no "good" retail here and we all have to shop in some other city.
Concerned SJC Consumer October 04, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Yea...let's let our political sentiments regarding "big government" preclude appropriate economic development...and let businesses that should be located in SJC locate, along with their sales tax receipts, in surrounding municipalities. Good policy.
Tim Hocking October 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
We do already have a local auto parts store. A&S Auto parts is in the shopping center at the North West corner of Camino Capistrano and Del Obispo. They are a small operation owned by SJC residents, but there knowledge beats any major parts store hands down.

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