International India Bazaar has opened in Riverside, the first Inland Empire location for owner Ketan Patel.
Patel has four other locations in Southern California, including stores in Fullerton, Diamond Bar, Tustin and San Diego.
The new store on Indiana Avenue is just a few blocks from the Galleria at Tyler and a nearby Target.
The 20-year-old company sells a variety of Indian staples, including sweets, pulses (chickpeas, lentils and dry peas), spices, pickles, packaged and fresh fruit and vegetables, basmati rice, atta (wholemeal wheat flour), spices, chutneys, snacks and drinks.
Address: 10120 Indiana Ave. Phone: 951-800-2008
Northgate breaks ground on second Inland supermarket
Northgate González Market has broken ground in Fontana, with the new grocery store expected to open in November.
The Fontana store will be the second Inland Empire location for the Anaheim-based supermarket chain. The first opened in November 2019 in Riverside.
Northgate is building the 43,427-square-foot store from the ground up at 9630 Sierra Ave. The company expects to hire about 50 people before the debut.
Tastepoint expands in Corona
The flavor-maker Tastepoint by IFF has expanded in Corona.
The Philadelphia-based company has opened a 7,000-square-foot “creative” facility at 1055 Montecito Drive. Tastepoint, which makes flavorings and food and beverage ingredients, has a manufacturing plant at 790 East Harrison St.
Company representatives said the creative center will help the Tastepoint team better collaborate with West Coast customers. They declined to provide who those customers, only saying they work with “various brands spanning across food, beverage and food service.”
The Corona facility has about 50 employees and is hiring roles in lab compounding, quality control, logistics and production.
For more information on those jobs, go to careers.iff.com/go/TastePoint/7970200/
Dozens of companies looking for new workers
A job fair Saturday, March 19 at Promenade Temecula Mall will include dozens of local companies looking for new employees.
Participating companies include Abbott, BMW Murrieta, Build a Bear, Fazeli Cellars, Goodwill, Cable Pipe & Leak Detection, Milgard Windows, MPS Security and plenty more.
The event is co-sponsored by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, the city, Visit Temecula Valley, Promenade Temecula, Mt. San Jacinto College and Riverside County Workforce Development Center.
This fair will take from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 40820 Winchester Road.
OC trust buys Riverside office building for $10 million
An unidentified Orange County family trust has bought a 40,460-square-foot, multi-tenant office building in Riverside for $10.17 million, according to CBRE, which brokered the deal.
CBRE said the building at 11870 Pierce St. is 92% leased with the two remaining vacancies that are move-in ready. Tenants include Stewart Title, TK1SC, and the property’s largest and newest tenant, Kaiser Permanente, which occupies a third of the space in a seven-year lease signed in 2020.
Sammy Cemo, Anthony DeLorenzo, Gary Stache and Bryan Johnson of CBRE Capital Markets represented the seller, Pacifica Real Estate, in the transaction.
$7 million coming to Inland Empire programs
The latest government funding bill will send some $6,987,500 to Inland Empire projects, according to Rep. Pete Aguilar.
All of the funding requests were submitted by Aguilar through the House Committee on Appropriations.
Programs and their federal grant allocations include:
The Children’s Fund: $100,000 to support at-risk children in the Inland Empire with mental healthcare at the Children’s Fund Child Abuse Forensic Assessment Center.
Second Story and Beyond Project: $1 million will go toward developing STEM-related museum exhibits and educational programming for K-12 students in Rancho Cucamonga.
The city of Redlands’ Emergency Operations Center Improvement Project: $712,500 will go toward operational and functional needs in order to better prepare for catastrophic events or natural disasters.
Rialto’s Body Worn-Camera Upgrade: $700,000 will be used to upgrade the body-worn camera system used by field sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Downtown Upland Main Street revitalization project: $1 million will help the city revitalize Upland’s historic downtown district, adding pedestrian-friendly pathways, fixing decayed public infrastructure and increasing access to public transportation.
Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Blitz Build: $800,000 will go toward building at least four homes for honorably discharged veterans in San Bernardino.
KVCR Inland Future’s Foundation: $1 million will go toward helping students with education and hands-on workplace training in public radio and broadcasting.
Mary’s Mercy Center REACH Project: $300,000 for creating a workforce development program for Mary’s Mercy Center’s homeless transitional housing program participants.
SAC Health System: $375,000 to increase access to healthcare for low-income residents of San Bernardino County using mobile healthcare.
San Bernardino International Airport Authority: $1 million to support repair work at the airport’s main runway.
Darla Sebastian has been promoted to vice president of Special Projects at Cardenas Markets in Ontario. She joined the company in 2019 and has 20 years of experience in retail management. Previously, Sebastian served as director of information technology at Monoprice Inc., an online electronic retailer.
Ontario resident Glen Pratt has been appointed warden of the California Rehabilitation Center at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has been acting warden since 2020. He held several positions at the department from 1998 to 2020, including chief deputy warden, associate warden, correctional captain, correctional lieutenant and correctional sergeant. This position does not require Senate confirmation; compensation is $171,060. Pratt is a Republican.
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