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GameStop opening store at Stadium Retail Center
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Gamers will soon have another place in Manteca to buy everything from new and used game platforms to game software.

The Texas-based national GameStop chain is opening a store in the Stadium Retail Center that is anchored by Kohl’s Department Store and Costco at Airport Way and the Highway 120 Bypass.

The firm operates 6,200 retail stores in the United States and 14 other countries. GameStop opened 400 new stores in 2009.

Dress Barn opened in mid-March while JoAnn’s Fabrics is targeting an April 30 opening in the space that once housed Circuit City.

The new stores will leave only a handful of vacant stores in the retail center.

Kitchell Development is working on a third phase that will be developed on the southeast corner of Airport Way and Daniels Street.

The city has already approved plans for the major store – a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.

Negotiations are currently to locate a Walgreen’s pharmacy as well as a McDonald’s at the new complex. It would be Manteca’s second Walgreen’s store and fifth McDonald’s restaurant.

More than $500,000 in studies by the private sector were conducted for the Lowe’s store and the plans approved when the economy started souring. The firm put their Manteca store on hold until the economy improves. The status of the Lowe’s store is not known at the current time.

The Lowe’s store was approved for 140,000 square feet which will make it the largest retail store in Manteca when it opens.

The closest Lowe’s store to Manteca is on Pelandale Avenue in north Modesto near Salida. It would mean Manteca would have both of the nation’s largest home improvement centers as Home Depot is already located in Spreckels Park.

The Lowe’s store was approved with 27,820 square feet of retail shops and a 4,000-square-foot restaurant for 16 acres on the northeast corner of the Airport Way and the Highway 120 Bypass interchange.

The actual Lowe’s store will be built close to the homes on Laurel Park Circle to the east.

A traffic signal will be installed at Fishback and Daniels Street where the main entrance to the center will tie into the intersection.