Chico’s small driving, golf center still active | Biz Bits – Chico Enterprise-Record

Don’t give up on Sunset Hills golf course, or The Practice Tee at Sunset Hills, as it is now called.

The small course found itself showcased during recent news coverage of the land donation for the Butte Humane Society’s proposed animal shelter. The nonprofit animal organization is working on raising money to open a larger center in north Chico, while closing down its south Chico presence. It hopes to break ground on the new place later this year.

Off Garner Lane at Highway 99, Sunset Hills is just to the south of the 10 acres donated by Ken Grossman and Katie Gonser to the Humane Society.

The Sierra Nevada Brewery couple also own the Sunset Hills property, which is home to the nine-hole course and driving range.

Gonser tells me that long-term, the idea is to donate that property for a public use like playing fields. But until that happens, long live golf at Sunset Hills, which is the perfect size for learning or improving the game at any age. There is a youth program, and the facility offers ways to improve a player’s game.

Chasing Chase

It’s difficult not to notice the new quarters for Chase Bank on Chico’s East Avenue.

The bank moved last month from rather cramped quarters at North Valley Plaza, to its stand-alone building, complete with two drive-up kiosks.

The new building is in the Northern Crossings center at East Avenue and Cohasset Road, next to Walgreens drugstore.

Seeing work inside the former banking office at NVP may be giving the idea that adjacent Wags and Whiskers could be expanding.

Wags and Whiskers says it’s just a matter of removing the remnants of the bank’s occupation so that the space is ready for use.

Just in case you’re looking for a new pal, the adoption event every Saturday is from noon to 4 p.m. at North Valley Plaza, 2156 Pillsbury Road, Chico.

Closing down

While some businesses are expanding, that’s not the case for Lucero Olive Oil in Corning, which is shrinking.

Parent company Crane Mills is getting out of the olive business.

The tasting room at 2120 Loleta Ave. in Corning will be closed by April 30, and inventory is being sold off right now. Online sales will continue through mid-May, according to its Facebook post. Lucero Olive Oil has a stack of awards behind its name, and came into being around 2009.

Crane explained the move by saying it planned to focus resources on its core timber and orchard operations.

“As the fourth generation of the Crane Mills family plans for the future, they will focus their capital and efforts on the fundamentals upon which the company was founded,” according to Brian Crane.

Dating back to the 1930s, Crane Mills is family-owned and headquartered in Corning.


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