May 16, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Longtime Anaheim Immigrant Small Businesses to be Replaced by Carwash and Gas Station

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Sunkist Plaza — off Ball Road near the 57 freeway — has been home to some immigrant-owned small businesses in Anaheim who have survived the pandemic, but those shopkeepers are being forced to move to make way for a new car wash and 24 hour 7-11 gas station.

Critics — including some Anaheim City Council members and planning commissioners — have said the project isn’t needed and unfairly displaces existing business owners, while some proponents said it’s not the city’s place to interfere in the real estate market. 

Now the business owners who have been there for decades and some who are Anaheim residents have no idea what will become of their businesses.

Longtime Anaheim Immigrant Small Businesses to be Replaced by Carwash and Gas Station