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Home Care In Santee, CA

Home Care Santee, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Santee Historical Society and Historic Barn gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Santee, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!! . Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver .. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“Always Best Senior Care is an amazing company. My husband had a stroke which left him paralyzed on one side. I was having so much difficulty trying to lift and assist him especially when it came to showering it was at that time I knew I needed assistance from a male I had no idea what to do or who would be able to help me with my husband. I reached out to several companies but was told they were limited with male caregivers and could help me. Thankfully I was given a lead and was contacted by a very nice and informative lady named Chelsea who has help us out so much by sending two very nice young men to help me with my husband. I can’t Thank Always Best Senior Care enough for coming through for me and my husband. I would highly recommend this company they are great folks !!!! Thanks again Always Best Senior Care. Pamela Alvarez”

Labrina A.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Santee, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Santee, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Shadow Hill Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Okawa Steak House & Sushi or visit Old Mission Dam, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Santee, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Santee, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Santee, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Lantern Crest Senior Living
  • Santee Golden Care
  • Silver Heart Chateau
  • Stanford Court Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center
  • Angels Guest Home
  • Julie's Elderly Care
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Santee, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Santee, CA

Help Santee Firefighters 'Fill The Boot' For The Burn Institute

Firefighters from over 30 departments will hit the streets with their boots to collect donations at intersections throughout the county.Patch StaffSANTEE, CA — Firefighters on Thursday will be stationed at more than 100 intersections across San Diego County for the annual Firefighter Boot Drive to help raise money for the ...

Firefighters from over 30 departments will hit the streets with their boots to collect donations at intersections throughout the county.

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SANTEE, CA — Firefighters on Thursday will be stationed at more than 100 intersections across San Diego County for the annual Firefighter Boot Drive to help raise money for the Burn Institute.

This year, firefighters from more than 30 departments will hit the streets with their boots to collect donations during the morning and afternoon commute throughout the region, including in Santee.

The proceeds will be used for the San Diego-based organization's fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support services such as Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children. In addition, a portion of the Boot Drive donations will be used to sustain the Red Line of Courage Fund, designed to provide financial support to members of the fire service who sustain a burn injury while on duty.

The Burn Institute's annual Firefighter Boot Drive, which started in 1999, is the organization's largest one-day fundraiser. All funds raised through the fundraiser stay locally in San Diego County.

"For the past 25 years, fire departments throughout San Diego County have participated in the Boot Drive to reinforce a profound truth: Healing is an act of community," said Tessa Haviland, executive director of the Burn Institute. "The unwavering support from the San Diego community and those in fire service have empowered healing, making each contribution much more than just a donation — they are a testament to our collective capacity for compassion."

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Anyone who misses the firefighters, can still make a donation to help support burn survivors.

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Alpine Fire Protection District

Barona Fire Department

Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District

CAL FIRE and San Diego County Fire Authority

Carlsbad Fire Department

Chula Vista Fire Department

Encinitas Fire Department

Escondido Fire Department

Federal Firefighters

General Dynamic NASSCO Fire Department

Heartland Fire and Rescue

Imperial Beach Fire Department

Lakeside Fire Protection District

National City Fire Department

North County Fire Protection District (Bonsall, Fallbrook and Rainbow)

Oceanside Firefighters

Pala Fire Department

Pauma Fire Department (Pauma Valley)

Poway Fire Department

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Santee Fire Department

Solana Beach Fire Department

Sycuan Fire Department (El Cajon)

Valley Center Fire Protection District

Viejas Fire Department (Alpine)

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What's going on with the vacant Best Buy in Santee?

CBS 8 has been Working for You to answer questions about vacant properties across San Diego County.SANTEE, Calif. — We're Working for You to answer your questions about the former Best Buy building that has sat empty for a few years in Santee.Since our team first shared the story about an abandoned McDonald's restaurant in Ramona, many of you...

CBS 8 has been Working for You to answer questions about vacant properties across San Diego County.

SANTEE, Calif. — We're Working for You to answer your questions about the former Best Buy building that has sat empty for a few years in Santee.

Since our team first shared the story about an abandoned McDonald's restaurant in Ramona, many of you across San Diego County have been reaching out to us about vacant buildings in your neighborhood.

A new kind of Chuck E. Cheese and California’s first small-format Macy's is set to open next month at the former Bed Bath and Beyond in the Santee Trolley Square.

CBS 8 has confirmed there's a pending deal where the Best Buy was on Mission Gorge.

“It's exciting because it's been vacant for years. Everyone asks us inside the branch [Navy Federal Credit Union] and we have no idea. It's been a long time coming for something to come there,” said Anna Shinabarger.

The Best Buy sign on the door announcing its closure is still behind the window from October 2021.

The realtor for the property, Brian Pyke, with Retail Insite, sent CBS 8 a statement:

"We have a deal going on the Best Buy box. We should be able to finish up the lease within the next few weeks and reveal who the tenant will be. I can't say much right now, as I am under NDA, but it will be a great use for the project."

Pyke says once he can say more, he'll tell CBS 8.

“How can you keep a building that rents for tens of thousands of dollars every month and empty for two years? Boy I tell ya, Trader Joe's is the answer,” said Tad Henrickson, Santee resident.

He isn’t alone in wanting the grocery store.

“We are really hoping for something like a Trader Joe's. I feel like it might be some sort of grocery store, makes sense for the building,” said Shinabarger.

CBS 8 posted the information on Facebook and it created quite the buzz with more than 300 reactions and more than 250 comments.

Many said they wanted a Trader Joe’s.

The closest TJ’s is in La Mesa. The Santee Economic Development Manager has said the 30,000 square foot space is a challenge to lease and was told the footprint is too large for Trader Joe’s but they continue to look for space for Trader Joe's.

“I’m thinking it's some kind of Aldi. It has to be some sort of grocery for the space,” said Shinabarger.

At one point it was rumored to be Amazon Fresh.

Others commented that they’d like to see a Souplantation, a food hall, a Stater Brothers grocery store, Burlington Coat Factory, Aldi, an ice skating rink, an Asian supermarket, an indoor trampoline center for kids or a theater.

The drive-in theater will close at the end of the year.

“It’s great, put more people to work that's what we need to do,” said Henrickson.

The Santee Economic Development Department has a website that lists available retail space and active projects for review.

Macy’s Grand Opening is scheduled for November 11 at the Trolley Square.

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Santee's Macy's Small-Format Store Set To Open Saturday

SANTEE, CA — Macy's small-format stores are coming to empty box stores nationwide, including a former Bed Bath and Beyond store in Santee.The store is set to open on Saturday in Santee's Trolley Square, located at 9918 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, according to Santee's Economic Development Manager, Pam White. The grand opening is at 9:30 a.m. and the store will open to the public at 10 a.m., she said.Zach Blatteis, Director of Real Estate for Kimco Realty in San Diego, commented on adding the store to Santee's retail mar...

SANTEE, CA — Macy's small-format stores are coming to empty box stores nationwide, including a former Bed Bath and Beyond store in Santee.

The store is set to open on Saturday in Santee's Trolley Square, located at 9918 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, according to Santee's Economic Development Manager, Pam White. The grand opening is at 9:30 a.m. and the store will open to the public at 10 a.m., she said.

Zach Blatteis, Director of Real Estate for Kimco Realty in San Diego, commented on adding the store to Santee's retail market.

"We are thrilled to introduce Macy's latest small-format store to Santee Trolley Square, perfectly timed for the upcoming 2023 Holiday Season," stated Zach Blatteis, Director of Real Estate for Kimco Realty in San Diego. "This represents a significant victory for the center and community, as we proudly unveil this innovative concept store from an iconic American brand, tailored to the tastes and preferences of our modern-day shoppers."

The new Macy's will feature a broad span of features, tested with success as the corporation rethinks its store strategies, according to a news release.

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"The Santee store measures about 30,000 square feet, or about a fifth the size of a standard Macy's," according to White in an East County Magazine interview. She added that the chain is trying to have a smarter, leaner model focusing on merchandise that sells well across Macy's stores.

Think designer brands, fragrances and make-up, women's and children's clothing and shoes, and even toys, through a contracted partnership with Toys R Us.

What you won't see? Home goods, furniture, and such.

Macy's has eight retail mall-sized stores open, including Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, University Town Center, La Mesa, National City, Chula Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad.

Upgraded shopping experiences include faster customer service, cutting-edge technology, and spacious fitting rooms. "Shoppers in fitting rooms can scan QR codes for rapid assistance with sizes and the like," according to Macy's CFO Adrian Mitchell. Look for your new small-format Macy's when you plan your Thanksgiving Weekend shopping in Santee.

New Chuck E. Cheese Opens In Santee

SANTEE, CA — There's a brand new Chuck E. Cheese in San Diego's East County.The children's entertainment center and pizza restaurant chain opened its doors Monday in Santee."Chuck E. Cheese is excited to introduce the latest vision of the brand to the families of Santee," Allison Chouinard, corporate communications manager at Chuck E. Cheese, told Patch.The new location is a modernized, rebranded version of the iconic family entertainment center.The store features arcade, sports and kid-focused gam...

SANTEE, CA — There's a brand new Chuck E. Cheese in San Diego's East County.

The children's entertainment center and pizza restaurant chain opened its doors Monday in Santee.

"Chuck E. Cheese is excited to introduce the latest vision of the brand to the families of Santee," Allison Chouinard, corporate communications manager at Chuck E. Cheese, told Patch.

The new location is a modernized, rebranded version of the iconic family entertainment center.

The store features arcade, sports and kid-focused games, an interactive dance floor, and a large format video wall and screens with audio connected throughout the venue. The new space also showcases "The Chuck E. Live! Show," an immersive dance-along and concert.

"Our new entertainment concept is a premier experience for kids who love Chuck E. and for families looking to create lifelong memories," Chouinard said. "We considered every detail of the entertainment experience with kids in mind and how to bring the beloved characters, the show, and the excitement to life."

Chuck E. Cheese now has eight locations throughout the county.

Although there have been some reports that the nearby La Mesa location will close, Chouinard told Patch that the La Mesa store on Grossmont Center Drive will remain open. Other stores are located in Escondido, Mira Mesa, National City, Oceanside and San Diego.

The Santee store is located in a 10,814-square-foot space on Town Center Parkway. The spot has been vacant since Hometown Buffet closed in 2016.

The new location will celebrate its grand opening with a "purple carpet premiere" from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 12. The event will include raffle prizes, free cake and an appearance from Chuck E. Cheese and friends, Chouinard said. Additionally, the first 25 families in line will get one hour of free game play.

"As a brand committed to giving back to the communities it serves, Chuck E. Cheese donates over $1.5 million each year to local schools and nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada and is excited to bring the same support to the Santee community," Chouinard said.

Chuck E. Cheese is at 265 Town Center Parkway. The location is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Massive flames engulf 2-story home in Santee, 3 people displaced

The Santee Fire Department told CBS 8 the fire was stubborn, taking nearly a half-hour to put out with more than 40 firefighters on scene.SANTEE, Calif. — Massive flames engulfed a two-story home on the 8700 block of Ruocco Drive, with heavy smoke billowing above the treetops, just before 3:00 a.m.“The roof was engulfed in flames and they were like 20 feet high, you know, kind of gusting up into the air,” said neighbor John Barnhart.People living nearby awoke to the fiery scene, startled by the size of ...

The Santee Fire Department told CBS 8 the fire was stubborn, taking nearly a half-hour to put out with more than 40 firefighters on scene.

SANTEE, Calif. — Massive flames engulfed a two-story home on the 8700 block of Ruocco Drive, with heavy smoke billowing above the treetops, just before 3:00 a.m.

“The roof was engulfed in flames and they were like 20 feet high, you know, kind of gusting up into the air,” said neighbor John Barnhart.

People living nearby awoke to the fiery scene, startled by the size of the flames.

“We just scrambled,” said Ken Stevens, who lives across the street. “It was pretty scary, woke up around 2:30 a.m. because the dogs are going nuts, and you have the flames coming out of the roof.”

He called 911, then rushed his family out of the house as quickly as he could, fearing the blaze would spread.

“We got the dogs in the car, got the bag packed,” said Stevens. “We were ready to go but the fire department came down, did their job, did a great job.”

The Santee Fire Department responded at 2:51 a.m., and told CBS 8 it was a stubborn fire, taking nearly a half-hour to knock down with more than 40 firefighters on scene.

“I was hoping our neighbor got out of the house and I think everybody did get out of the house safely,” said Barnhart.

The three people home at the time all got out safely, but one was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross was on the scene to support the displaced residents. All three people are now reportedly staying with family in the area.

“The wind was blowing to the west, so there were a lot of embers flying and that was a concern,” said Barnhart.

With plenty of trees and brush in the area, the fire could’ve easily spread to neighboring homes, but weather conditions helped to keep the blaze at bay.

“Luckily it was raining so it kept the flames from spreading,” said Stevens.

“There was a big downpour at midnight, and it got everything damp,” said Barnhart.

Firefighters remained on the scene until nearly 6:00 a.m. doing overhaul work. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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