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Buffalo Wings & Rings plans restaurant at Orchard Valley
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An EMJ Construction employee works on the building next to Red Robin Gourmet Burgers that will house Buffalo Wings & Rings Bar & Grill at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley. - photo by HIME ROMERO

WHAT’S COMING NEXT TO MANTECA’S ORCHARD VALLEY

• OPENING NEXT MONTH: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. Hampton Inn Suites
• IN COMING MONTHS: Buffalo Wings & Rings Bar & Grill, Matsui Sushi, Subway, a yogurt shop, and nail salon
• By SPRING: First outlet stores

Have a hankering for buffalo wings?

This spring you’ll be able to satisfy that hunger at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley where Buffalo Wings and Rings will open. It is going in immediately to the west of the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurant that will open next month.

The bar and grill sports restaurant has locations in Modesto, Rancho Cucamonga, and Elk Grove. The Cincinnati-based chain also has restaurants in 13 others states including New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois and Arizona.
The menu includes soups, salads, starters, wings and tenders, gyros, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, ribs, and desserts. They also offer an express lunch menu.

Three other eating establishments have submitted tenant improvement plans for the line of buildings immediately west of the Kerasotes Showplace Theatre and across from Red Robin. They are Matsui Sushi, Subway, and a yogurt shop. In addition a nail salon is opening up next to the Manteca Visitors Center around the corner on Grove Street.

Craig Realty, which is securing tenants for the portion of Orchard Valley that is being dedicated to the Lifestyle Outlets at Manteca, has firms signed but is being tight-lipped. The first stores are expected to open in the spring.

Ultimately there will be up to 46 outlet stores at the complex.

There is space for three more food orientated businesses near Red Robin.

There are also three other free standing pads for sit-down restaurants in the southwest corner of the lifestyle center generally south of JC Penney.

The Hampton Inn Suites is expected to open late next month or early March.

A tenant for the two-story health club planned to the east of the Hampton Inn Suites and south of Bass Pro Shops is still up in the air.

“This is one of the few retail projects in Northern California that has bank financing,” noted Manteca Community Development Director Mark Nelson.

Councilman Vince Hernandez expressed hope that the center may land a Barnes & Nobles book store.

Nelson indicated that Poag & McEwen – developers of Orchard Valley – are pondering revisiting 20 acres immediate to the east of Bass Pro Shops that they let an option expire on buying.

Originally they secured preliminary approval from Manteca to build a five-story hotel and two office towers – 5 and 10 stories respectively – as well as additional restaurant space. That land is considered ideal now for future big boxes and medium and small box uses since the securing of the outlet stores partnership with Craig Realty has changed the dynamics of Orchard Valley.

It is generating interest due to the fact Bass Pro Shops surpassed 2 million visitors in 2009 and the fact Manteca is one of only a handful of California cities to register an increase in sales tax in the middle of The Great Recession. It is up 2 percent through the third quarter above projections. Most other cities are suffering double digit drops in taxable sales

The jump in sales tax revenue is attributed to the 100-mile drawing power of Bass Pro Shops.

Nelson noted that the 55-acre Union Crossings on southwest corner of Union Road and the Highway 120 Bypass sis now fully entitled and is being marketed for retail use.