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Kayaks sink Dick’s Sporting Goods deal

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POSTED January 27, 2010 2:37 a.m.
Dick’s Sporting Goods – a major sports goods store – was among the early serious prospects to locate at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

So what sunk the potential for a deal?

In one word: kayaks.

Bass Pro Shops didn’t want a competitor selling the same items they did within the same lifestyle center. The only area of redundancy was kayaks.

The kayak issue was debated at the highest level of both retailers before it was clear that Bass Pro Shops was going to hold firm.

It isn’t usual for a competitor that has signed on in a major retail complex to have such a requirement that no one can locate there who sells the same merchandise. Normally it applies to something along the line of competing steak houses. But obviously the kayak trade is pretty intense.

Another edge for Manteca in job hunt
Manteca has something that very few other cities do in San Joaquin County – wastewater treatment capacity.

The San Joaquin Partnership has a client that is considering locating a large facility in San Joaquin County. The private-partnership called various municipalities collecting criteria needed to pitch locating the business in the county to secure jobs.

After they answered the query, city staff asked if Manteca had a good chance of landing the firm. (The names of the companies that the Partnership does research for are never revealed until it gets to the point they are ready to commit.)

They were told the only two cities in the running were Manteca and Stockton. The reason? They were the only two cities with adequate wastewater treatment plant capacity.

While they didn’t give a name or the general type of industry, the odds are it is an agricultural processor as they needed 250,000 gallons of wastewater treatment capacity.

Say what you want about agricultural jobs but they are decent pay and steady. Agriculture still provides the lion’s share of jobs in San Joaquin County averaging 10,000 people at any given time. That doesn’t count the secondary trucking – firms shopping finished processed food products and hauling materials to farmers.

Open house honors Sutton this Thursday
An open house takes place this Thursday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Union Road fire station to honor Randy Sutton.

Sutton is retiring from the Manteca Fire Department after 28 years. He has served in various roles including fire marshal and assistant fire chief.

And, as an added note keeping tabs on the city’s efforts to rethink how it does business, he will be replaced with a civilian employee that is paid less.

If things go well, a candidate from elsewhere in Manteca’s general fund operations such as streets or parks is expected to step forward that can easily be trained to fulfill the duties. It’s all part of the new way of doing things in a bid to get costs down and to keep service levels up as high as possible.

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