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Lathrop may get pizza place, auto parts store

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POSTED December 16, 2013 12:04 a.m.

LATHROP –Lathrop’s economic recovery  isn’t hinging solely on new home construction.

Last week Lathrop Community Development Director Rebecca Willis painted a picture of the upcoming development working its way through the channels for the city council, and it’s much rosier than some people might think.

The 200 homes moving toward construction at River Islands – the massive, master-planned community that England-based Cambay Development has been sitting on for more than a decade – have prompted some commercial developers to take a closer look at the community that, despite the relatively low number of rooftops, offers a unique package.

Lathrop sits in a pocket nestled up against Interstate 5 and the Highway 120 Bypass. Itis just a few miles from the I-205 turnoff that takes drivers from the Central Valley to the Bay Area. In less than five minutes a motorist – or, more appropriately, a truck driver – could leave the community, cut across the bypass, and be heading south on Highway 99 for Fresno.

That sort of ease of access is exactly what landed the city massive distribution centers for established companies like Mopar and Super Store Industries.

And In-N-Out – which built a regional distribution facility that’s visible along I-5 – has decided to expand its operations. According to Willis the facility has already established the concrete footing that will hold the expanded portion of the warehouse facility. Oft-discussed rumors of a restaurant opening at the site, similar to the way that Ghiradelli added an ice cream parlor when it opened its distribution warehouse, will have to continue – Willis said that the city has no indication that putting an eatery is in the current plans.

But other food is on the way.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza – the take-and-bake chain with a franchise on Manteca’s North Main Street in the shopping center that used to house Walgreen’s and Blockbuster Video – has expressed interest in coming to the community.

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts also has plans to come to the community, and other, established companies have plans to expand.

According to Willis, CBC Steel Buildings has submitted plans to overhaul their current facility on Louise Avenue and USA Motors will be breaking ground next year on a new sales building that will replace the modular home that currently serves Lathrop’s lone auto dealership.

Willis is scheduled to give the Lathrop council updates on economic development as part of their regular meetings. The sole item that the council has pressed for an answer about – which direction Watt Companies wants to go with the largely undeveloped piece of property that they own, which includes the Target store – remains unanswered.

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