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Another bank may build on North Main; Manteca getting another sandwich shop

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POSTED August 2, 2009 2:18 a.m.
The folks fiddling around with trying to define central Manteca might want to follow the money.

Farmers & Merchants Bank is looking at building a Manteca branch on the southeast corner of Alameda Street and North Main Street. It is where the former Beacon/Valero gas station once was and the adjoining car lot.

It’s a great location given traffic count and how Manteca is growing in all four directions from the central district unlike many other cities.

It will have a big impact on the future of the stretch of North Main Street between Center and Alameda Street where already major upgrades have been taking place including Leo DeGroot’s new complex anchored by Coldwell Banker Crossroads Real Estate, the remodels of the twin FESM Halls, plus the nice job Crystal Downs did where The Framery and her State Farm Insurance office is located.

Kevin Wentworth and his partners are waiting for the economy to pick up before moving forward with their new commercial complex – with residnetial in the back – where the old trailer park once was located in the 300 block of North Main Street.

Given the private sector investment along the North Main Street corridor plus efforts on East Yosemite Avenue with the nice effort to create The Depot Deli and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the 300 block of that corridor, the time has come to define the downtown/central district at least as far north as Alameda Street and perhaps as far east as Powers Avenue.

Mr. Pickle is coming to town
Another sandwich shop is coming to Manteca.

Just days after the plug was pulled on the Quizno’s franchise in the Spreckels Marketplace anchored by Food-4-Less, work has started on a new sandwich shop.

Mr. Pickles is going next to AT&T and down a few doors from Chipotle’s off Commerce Drive.

People dealing with central district rules might want to take note. Night after night there are a growing number of people taking advantage of outside seating at the Yogofina frozen yogurt shop in the same complex as well as across the street at Starbucks.

The Manteca spring and summer evenings are perfect for outside dining.

Speaking of dining, Manteca’s first Vietnamese restaurant can be found at the Kings Vietnamese and Chinese restaurant across from Save Mart on West Yosemite Avenue.

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