Rancho del Mar Meeting Set for February 23

Supervisor Zach Friend has announced a new meeting with Terramar, the current owners of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center. Terramar held a community meeting in the spring of last year, at which time they indicated the shopping center would be undergoing a “remodel” over the next 1-2 years. Nearly a year has passed, with […]

The Colonel has Left the Building

The lower end of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center is turning into a veritable ghost town, as another of its tenants have closed up shop. Early this month, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant shut its doors, with apparently no prior notice to any of their customers. The plastic lighted sign has been turned around, […]

Rancho del Mar Community Meeting Set for April 28th

Supervisor Zach Friend has announced there will be a community meeting with Terramar Retail Centers, the new owners of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center. The future of Rancho del Mar has been up in the air for a while now, and with increasing vacancies of late (especially the recent loss of the movie theater), […]

Online Petition for Rancho del Mar

A group of concerned citizens have posted a message on the neighborhood networking site NextDoor.com about an Online Petition for Rancho del Mar which has been created: Dear Neighbors, Over 75 messages have been posted on Nextdoor.com about the closure of the Aptos Twin movie theater and the future of the Rancho Del Mar shopping […]

Final Curtain Call at the Aptos Cinema

This week saw the Final Curtain Call at the Aptos Cinema, which closed on January 26th, 2015 after 45 years of operation. The new owners of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center have elected not to renew the Cinema’s lease, which will expire at the end of the month. The word on the street is […]

Zach Friend Speaks at Aptos Chamber

Supervisor Zach Friend was today’s special guest at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.  He was introduced by Jimmy Panetta (son of Leon), Deputy District Attorney for the county of Monterey, who is himself running to replace retiring U.S. Representative Sam Farr. The Supervisor, who is currently running for re-election, spoke of his continuing resolve to work for progress on challenges […]

Zach Friend’s January Aptos Update

Santa Cruz County 2nd District Supervisor Zach Friend’s January Aptos update was given this morning at the Aptos Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. The meeting was very well attended, with nary an empty set in the house. The Supervisor spoke for about 15 minutes, and then took questions for another 15 minutes. His entire remarks […]

Rancho del Mar Shopping Center has been Sold

With little fanfare, the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center has been Sold to a property development company in Carlsbad, California. Terramar Retail Centers LLC bought a number of properties from Property Development Centers LLC (a subsidiary of Safeway Stores Inc.), including the the proposed Scotts Valley Town Center and our own Rancho Del Mar Shopping […]

Le Chef Kitchen and More in Aptos

Thinking about making a trip over the hill to Sur le Table or Williams Sonoma? Why bother, when Le Chef Kitchen and More is located in the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center in Aptos? Le Chef Kitchen and More in Aptos was opened way back in 2005, by a husband and wife team (Dee Dee […]

New Website Aims to Save Aptos

There’s a new web site built by a group of concerned Aptos residents and business owners working to shape the redevelopment of the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center. The site urges visitors to sign a petition to supervisor Zach Friend on change.org. Already, over 700 people have signed the petition, which urges Zach Friend and […]