New businesses begin to fill Rancho Del Mar center

The morning crowd gets a taste of Peet’s Coffee on opening day in the Rancho Del Mar center in Aptos. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

APTOS — Several new businesses are bringing life to the Rancho Del Mar shopping center in Aptos.

Peet’s Coffee opened in the popular center Monday morning to a throng of customers anxious to test out the new grounds. The chain business will offer a full menu of coffee and teas, a host of cold beverages, pastries and other eats at 50 Rancho Del Mar.

District Manager Ross Brandon said he could feel the excitement in the air as the doors kicked open for the first time.

“People have been coming through the door welcoming us and that’s a good feeling,” he said. “We’re excited to be here in Aptos and we get the feeling people are glad we’re here as well.”

The Peet’s website states: Born in the Netherlands, Alfred Peet grew up in the coffee trade before traveling the world. Upon landing in the U.S., he was shocked at the poor-quality coffee Americans were drinking. When he opened the doors to his first Peet’s coffeebar in 1966 in Berkeley, coffee enthusiasts gathered to appreciate his signature rich, dark roast,

Their hours are 5.a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. They feature indoor and outdoor seating.

On Tuesday Sutter Walk-In Care opened in the same center at 26 Rancho Del Mar. The new branch is a part of a massive renovation and shift at the popular center that also features Safeway, Rite Aid and Ace Hardware.

Sutter Walk-In Care is a new kind of clinic which provides treatment for non-urgent health needs, said Emma Dugas, media relations coordinator.

“As the name suggests, walk-ins are welcome,” she said. “We make it easy to fit healthcare into your schedule. Whether it’s treating the flu, an ear infection, strep throat, pink eye, mild rashes, allergies, sprains or strains, our clinicians can diagnose and prescribe medication, even if you usually receive medical care elsewhere.”

In addition to treating illnesses, nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants can provide sports, school or camp physicals, give vaccines, screen for high blood pressure or cholesterol and run simple blood and urine tests. Walk-In Care services are available for adults and children 18 months and older.

Walk-In Care accepts most PPO health insurance plans, and patients with insurance pay their regular doctor’s office co-pay. If you need to self-pay, visits are a flat fee of $129.00, with an additional fee for vaccines.

“You don’t need to make an appointment, but if you like to plan ahead you can call 1-800-972-5547 to hold your spot or verify your insurance coverage,” Dugas said.

They are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.

Also, a new branch of the Bay Federal Credit Union is in the works at 48 Rancho Del Mar.

They are moving into the recently vacated Comerica Bank, which moved into another location in the same center. The new Bay Federal location allows for easier access from the freeway and plenty of parking for their members.

“It has been a longtime dream of ours to have a branch at Rancho Del Mar Center,” said Carrie Birkhofer, President and CEO of Bay Federal. “We are excited to offer this new convenient location to our membership.”

The current Aptos location, located in Aptos Village, will remain open until the Rancho Del Mar branch construction is complete.

About two weeks ago Century 21 Sandcastle opened its doors at 29 Rancho Del Mar. Realtor Tena Marie said the business offers complete commercial and residential real estate services.

Right next door the Bubble Lounge Boutique, which has a downtown Santa Cruz location, opened a few weeks ago at 30 Rancho Del Mar. They feature women’s yoga and active wear, designer denim, lounge and street wear, trendy dresses, skincare and body products, accessories and cosmetics.

Finally, Anytime Fitness, the ninth addition to a chain business of fitness centers that dot the map between Gilroy, Prunedale and Monterey, is slated to open July 8 at 90 Rancho Del Mar. The workout equipment, which arrived Tuesday, includes: dumbbells, barbells, plates, plyo boxes, benches and racks, Dynamax Balls, exercise balls, spin and upright bikes, stair climbers, ellipticals and treadmills.

Anytime Fitness also has locations in China, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Their grand opening, according to Pedro Belmontes, director of operations, is open to the public.

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