Big Changes in the Works for Several Orcutt Businesses

As many are slowing down in preparation of a return to school or work, a few Orcutt businesses are speeding up, debuting some big changes before summers end. 

7-Eleven, which has long been a staple in the community, is under a new franchisee. For the past 18 years, Dorothy and Freeman Greene owned the convenience store, providing a quick stop for 24-hour food, beverages and more. Before that, she was the manager of her parent's Stowell Road 7-Eleven, which she later bought from them. In total, she was with the corporation for more than 43 years.

"It was time  to hand the torch over," Dorothy Greene said.

Between the two locations, she always felt the strongest connection with Orcutt residents, saying she will miss them tremendously. 

"I like people so much in Orcutt. I had the best customers; they were  like family," she explained. 

From watching kids grow up to seeing the town diversify and grow, Dorothy Greene has fond memories of the area. 

One of her favorite stories is of a regular customer who turned 90 and celebrated with a lottery-themed birthday party. Prior to the festivities, attendees went to the store to collect tickets. Other special stories are as simple as gentlemen continuously opening up doors for ladies. 

"It was a great experience. If I had to do it over again, I would gladly. It's bittersweet," she said. 

Just down the street, on the corner of Bradley Road and Clark Avenue, a Starbuck's drive-thru is being built. While work on the new addition had slowed for some time, the frame was recently built. Production is still in the early stages and it is tentatively scheduled to open early next year, according to Sarah, a Starbuck's official who did not provide her last name. 

"Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers," she said about the addition. 

On South Broadway, Jack's in Old Orcutt and Patricio’s Pizzeria, two popular next-door eateries, are expanding. Jack’s, famous for their large portions, is adding more dining room, taking over the space Deasee's Designs occupied. It was unclear at press time when the extra space will open to customers. 

Patricio’s is adding an outdoor dining area, which is set to open by the end of August or early September, according to employees.

Jamie Guista reporting