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POSTED February 3, 2010 3:07 a.m.
The fast food proliferation in Manteca continues.

Manteca may soon land its fifth McDonald’s restaurant as part of the Stadium Retail Center project straddling Airport Way and Highway 120 Bypass.

While Community Development Director Mark Nelson wasn’t giving up exactly who is working with a private developer to locate in the complex, some prodding from Mayor Willie Weatherford when he asked “have they sold billions” prompted Nelson to simply note the fast food firm coming to Stadium Retail Center is the biggest seller of hamburgers in the United States. That pretty much leaves Taco Bell out.

There are already McDonald’s on East Yosemite, on West Yosemite, inside Wal-Mart on South Main Street and inside the gas station at Woodbridge Center anchored by CVS Pharmacy at Union Road and Lathrop Road.

It won’t be the first chain “quick” food place to reach five locations in Manteca. That dubious honor belongs to Subway which is moving ahead to open its sixth location at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley just a short stroll from Kerasotes Showplace Theatre.

There are already Subways located in the Manteca Marketplace on East Yosemite in the Spreckels Marketplace on West Yosemite, on North Main, in the Stadium Retail Center, and at Rally’s Shopping Center.

Next on the chain list is Starbucks with four locations followed by Jack-in-the-Box with three.

Tracy’s loss, Manteca’s gain
Dress Barn is already putting up signs and getting ready to convert the former Fashion Bug store at the Stadium Retail Center into a new location.

Community Development Director Mark Nelson noted Dress Barn is closing their Tracy store to open the Manteca location.

It is part of a growing trend of national retailers to reassess where they have stores and to consider relocating to sites that are better situated in terms of the size of market they can draw from.

Dress Barn along with JoAnn’s Fabrics & Crafts are expected to open by spring in the Stadium Retail Center complex. JoAnn’s is going where the former Circuit City store was located.

Speaking of openings, Red Robin restaurant is on target for a spring opening in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley while the Hampton Inn Suites located to the south of Bass Pro Shops has set April 9 as their opening date.

Kudos for being alert neighbors
Manteca Police Chief Dave Bricker never misses a chance to emphasize that an alert citizenry is one of the most effective weapons Manteca Police have in their crime fighting arsenal.

“Nothing is better than a good Neighborhood Watch (program),” Bricker said Tuesday as the Manteca City Council recognized four residents for their valuable assistance in helping police nab two burglary suspects implicated in eight residential break-ins in Manteca.

Tobi Henry
along with her children Nicholas Henry and Danielle Henry plus neighbor Jack Winn were acknowledged Tuesday for the role they played in the arrest of the two suspects on Dec. 12.

The Henrys’ neighbor was away on a trip when they noticed a strange vehicle pull up in front of the house. A man got out of the vehicle, knocked on the door and after a few minutes went around and broke into a side door. Meanwhile, the female driver took off.

They alerted police and neighbors. Before police arrived, the female driver came back and went into the house. That was when Winn ran to the car that she parked in the driveway and grabbed the keys out of the ignition.

It pulled the plug on the getaway and set the stage for the arrests by police.

Although Bricker said the department does not recommend citizens go as far as Winn did in grabbing the keys as you never know if criminals have weapons or will get physically violent, the police chief did note it was a “pretty gutsy move.”

You wouldn’t want graffiti at your school

Omar Hashemyan takes pride in his school.

The East Union High junior was none too pleased to see the graffiti while strolling on campus between his first and second period classes on Tuesday morning.

“A wall said ‘EU got no game.’ And on the ground, it said ‘SHS,’” Hashemyan noted.

But that wasn’t the only wall marked up with graffiti prior to the Valley Oak League clash between the Lancers and the visiting Timberwolves.

“My science classroom had graffiti on it, too,” Hashemyan said, “and on the gym.”

He didn’t necessarily blame Sierra High for the graffiti but rather a few bad apples perhaps attending the rival school.

However, Hashemyan, who often attends the Friday night games as a member of the East Union band, did take offense to the vandalism of his school.
“If you have something to say that is negative, either say it to our faces or don’t say it all,” he said.

In a letter to the Bulletin, Hashemyan thought it important to inform the community about the incident.

“What if this happened to your house or your own school? I know you would not like it all,” he said.

— Vince Rembulat
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