From its early beginnings in the 1900’s of strawberry farming, to the 21st century, Gardena is a city that now points to upscale housing, nationally known business tenants, infamous entertainment and eclectic cuisines. Yes – Gardena is a City in transition.
Like many of the smaller cities, Gardena has become a community where vacant land is scarce, making the attraction of new businesses, a constant work in progress. Currently, the City of Gardena is home to 2,529 businesses and provides employment to thousands of South Bay and Gardena residents.
Each business has its own brand of service and products that contribute to the overall health and well- being of the community. The business mix includes a variety of products and services, a diverse venue of both adult and family entertainment and a choice of housing that appeals to family, professional and entrepreneurial house seekers.
Its manufacturing and industrial sector include companies like Avcorp Inc, Hitco Carbon Composites, Southwest Offset Printing, Brek Manufacturing, Z-Gallerie, Sweet Ovations and others. Retail includes car dealerships, Honda and Nissan, retail giant Target, Big 5, and a state-of-the-art Best Western Plus Hotel. With its 45,000 square feet, Marukai Forum is home to the largest selection of Japanese products in the United States.
Gardena’s accessibility to every major freeway, makes movement of people and products between other South Bay cities and Los Angeles, a convenient advantage.
Gardena has a rich history that tells a fascinating story about its journey from cultivating strawberries, to attracting national credit tenants and new technology. The best part of the story, is that it is a city that still genuinely seeks out and welcomes new businesses as it continues its transition throughout the twenty-first century.