PROGRESS—Work has gotten underway in earnest at Avenida de Las Flores and Moorpark Road, where a new Starbucks drive-thru is being built. The 20,000-square-foot lot has been vacant for over 20 years. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers

New Starbucks is under construction

A new drive-thru Starbucks is under construction at Avenida de Las Flores and Moorpark Road, across from Thousand Oaks High School. The long vacant lot was for years the site of a gas station.

After failing to win approval for a 7-Eleven in 2019, the developer came back with plans for an 850-square-foot coffee shop with an outdoor dining patio and small parking lot. Those were approved by the planning commission in January 2021.

Once complete, it will be the city’s fifth drive-thru Starbucks, including one at Janss Marketplace, less than 2 miles down Moorpark Road. Hours will be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Grocery Outlet opens on Hillcrest

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened a new store at 25 E. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks, creating 35 new jobs, the company said in a statement.

Grocery Outlet, an “ extreme value” retailer headquartered in Emeryville, California, offers customers big savings on brand-name products, the company said.

Grocery Outlet, founded in 1946, has more than 400 locations throughout California, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Stores are owned by independent operators based in the communities they serve.

Jorge Lopez and Anna Gil are the operators of the T.O. store.

Grocery Outlet offers a full range of products including fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy, along with a wide assortment of natural and organic choices.

Grocery Outlet also carries a large selection of beer and wine, health and beauty care, as well as seasonal items.

COMING SOON—The Amazon Fresh market is set to open next week at the Westlake Promenade on Thousand Oaks Boulevard. The store’s high-tech carts scan the groceries as shoppers put them in. Amazon Prime members can skip checkout because the cart will process payment from the shopper’s Amazon account. KYLE JORREY/Acorn Newspapers

Shoppers can dash through market

Nearly two years after signing a lease at the Caruso-owned Westlake Promenade, Amazon Fresh will open its doors Thurs., Aug 4, the e-commerce company said.

The high-tech grocer is equipped with so-called dash carts that use “a combination of computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion” to identify items a customer puts in their cart.

When leaving the store, shoppers with an Amazon Prime account won’t have to go through a checkout line because sensors automatically identify the cart and process the payment on the credit card associated with their Amazon account.

The 31,000-square-foot space was home to Bristol Farms for many years before it was leased for a short time by Vintage Grocers. The anchor spot has sat vacant since Vintage closed in 2019.

Athens is building a recovery facility

Athens Services, Thousand Oaks’ new trash hauler, has broken ground on a materials recovery facility and transfer station in Irwindale.

The facility is designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified and will have photovoltaic panels on the roof to produce energy.

Athens plans for the facility to be operational next year.

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