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Surprise! Manteca gets sixth Starbucks
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Question: How many Starbucks does Manteca need?

Answer: Apparently six.

Target is in the process of adding an in-store Starbucks just 1,500 feet as the crow flies from the Starbucks at Highway 99 and Yosemite Avenue.

That’s not as crazy as one intersection in San Francisco that has a Starbucks on every corner.

When the new Starbucks opens it will tie Subway Sandwiches for the most outlets in Manteca and top McDonald’s at five.

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Office Depot calling it quits

While Manteca is getting a sixth Starbucks and Panera Bread is finally going up on East Yosemite Avenue, another chain concern is biting the dust — at least locally. Office Depot is preparing to close its store in the Stadium Retail Center.

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No discounts for superintendent

Now that the Going Digital project is being deployed in Manteca Unified School District classrooms students and their families are eligible for discounts of 10 percent on software and 5 percent off just about everything else at Microsoft brick and mortar stores or when visiting the MUSD Microsoft online store portal. The MUSD Microsoft online store portal is open to MUSD families who can order directly from the firm’s online catalog at special pricing.

The closest actual Microsoft stores to Manteca are in San Jose, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Roseville.

All MUSD staff also qualifies for the same discounts except for the top brass— including Superintendent Jason Messer and Deputy Superintendent Clark Burke.

Messer noted Microsoft is so diligent about running afoul of anti-trust rules that if representatives are talking business with him or others and they want to go to lunch or dinner, they make it clear that they won’t pick up the tab for school officials. Messer said he wouldn’t want it any other way noting it is standard policy for his office to donate any “gifts” from companies that do business with the district to non-profit organizations such as Give Every Child a Chance.

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Serving chili dogs at public library

The Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library has food for thought.

Try a great meal deal, in this case, at the S & J International Café inside the Cesar Chavez Central Library in Stockton – six chili dogs for $5.99.

This is one of those hidden secrets near downtown. The café is located on the second floor of the main library branch at 605 N. El Dorado St.

Not only can you feed your hunger for reading, but at the same time enjoy an inexpensive meal – S & J also has regular hot dogs, sodas and coffee – while having the option to dine inside or out on the patio.