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Tire store rolling into Manteca
Building new store in Home Depot parking lot
America’s Tire Co. wants to build a store on the northwest corner of the Home Depot parking lot off Commerce Drive. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Unused - and unneeded - parking stalls at the Manteca Home Depot - may soon be home to an America’s Tire Co. outlet.

The Arizona-based firm is seeking city approval to build a 7,000-square-foot building for the retail sale and installation of tires and wheels in the northwest corner of the Home Dept parking lot at the corner of Commerce Drive and Historical Plaza Way.

The store would ultimately employ five to seven workers.

The proposal is before the Manteca Planning Commission when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The plans call for Maryland-based Home Depot to sell 28,000 square feet of the parking lot to America’s Tire Store.

Even with the proposed reduction in parking spaces, Home Depot will still exceed city requirements for parking. Home Depot currently provides 745 parking spaces. The city standards for a retail building the size of Home Depot is 440 spaces.

The new parcel will accommodate the 7,000-dquare-foot building plus 23 parking spaces.

The showroom will face Commerce Drive and be accessed by existing driveways off Commerce Drive and Historical Plaza Way.

Additional landscaping of trees and shrubs will be added while existing palms at the corner of Commerce Drive and Historical Plaza Way will be relocated on the parcel to open up the tire store showroom to passing traffic.

Staff is recommending approval of the project.

The project is part of the original Spreckels Park development created in 1997 to replace the shuttered Spreckels Sugar Co. plant.

The 362-acre site was approved for development as 177 single family homes (the Curran Grove neighborhood), 70 acres of a business park, 60 acres of commercial, and 180 acres of industrial park. Spreckels Park North - to the north of Home Depot that includes In-n-Out Burger - is the former Tradeway Chevrolet site that was purchased by AKF Development for highway commercial and retail development.

The city originally projected a 20-year build-out of the project. An $8 million regional cancer treatment center is now being developed on one of the remaining business park parcels that are vacant or are adjacent to an existing user for future development.

All of the retail property has been developed in the original Spreckels Park although there is a parcel left in Spreckels Park North just south of Bank of the West.

The development firm was ready to build a two-story office structure designed to look like the original Spreckels Sugar warehouse next to the historical plaza behind Chevron but the economy slumped before they could move forward.

There is still more than 40,000 square feet of in-line store front space that is vacant primarily in Spreckels Marketplace near Pet Smart and behind Applebee’s.