Retail Industry Forecast Improving In Long Beach,

Retail Industry

Forecast Improving In Long Beach,

Especially For Restaurants,

But Expiration Of Payroll Tax Cut

Likely To Cause Slowdown


Staff Writer

East Anaheim Street

"We are seeing lots of positive signs," said Rod Wilson, president of the East Anaheim Street Business Alliance (EASBA). For example, more businesses moved into the area in 2012 than left, compared with other business improvement districts in the city, Wilson said.

There are more good omens for East Anaheim Street. Park 4200, a 32-unit multi-family complex located at 4200 E. Anaheim St., will be ready for occupancy in February. It features one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, gated access, a fitness center and courtyard. Wilson said that having more housing along the business corridor promises to improve sales for salons, restaurants and other service providers in the area this year.

Wilson said the EASBA would continue to focus on its buy local campaigns in 2013, including establishing signage and monument displays to educate people about the businesses operating along the corridor - from Junipero Avenue to the west, Pacific Coast Highway to the east, 11th Street to the south and 14th Street to the north.

Moreover, the EASBA hopes to have a surveillance camera in place at the intersection of East Anaheim and Ximeno Avenue by early spring. A camera installed at East Anaheim and Redondo Avenue in November has proven effective in improving public safety in the area, Wilson said.