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$1.1M project Chick-Fil-A on its way
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Chick-fil-A has been issued a building permit worth $1.1 million to build a restaurant at the intersection that likely by mid-fall will be home to the three busiest fast food places in Manteca judging by the social media interest in the newcomer to the city’s “Dining Row” — East Yosemite Avenue.

Once Chick-fil-A rises where crews earlier this week finished the demolition of the Supper Buffet that was the most recent concern in the restaurant that opened in 1976 as Brawley’s coffee shop, the intersection of East Yosemite Avenue and Northwoods Avenue/Commerce Avenue will have three of its four corners occupied by fast food operations. The others are In-n-Out Burgers and McDonald’s.

The intersection will also be the first in Manteca with two large flag poles. Chick-fil-A has submitted a permit valued at $3.500 to install a flag pole similar in statue to the one McDonald’s has kitty corner from its location. 

The opening of Chick-fil-A will cement the three block stretch of the East Yosemite Avenue corridor from Pestana Avenue to just west of Spreckels Avenue as Manteca’s highest concentration of dining options with 29 choices including ice cream shops, and juice bars.

To avoid adding to the congestion at the Yosemite/Northwoods-Commerce intersection, access to the Chick-fil-A parking lot will be from one entrance only off of Northwoods Avenue some 255 feet north of the intersection. Both driveways Super Buffet had from Yosemite Avenue will be eliminated.

The  4,172-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant will be built to the rear or the northern portion of the site. It will have 82 seats along with a drive-thru window fed by two ordering queues.

It will have 32 parking spaces.

The closest Chick-fil-A — and the only other location in the Northern San Joaquin Valley — is at 2622 March lane in Stockton.

The Chick-fil-A permit was among $29.7 million worth of new construction started in July that pushed the accumulative building so far for Manteca in 2019 pass the $300 million mark.

Construction activity is now at $304.2 million seven months into the year with $21.4 million worth of work that is already represented by permits in review for August.

There were 47 new homes started in July with a combined value of $14.7 million

With five months to go, 2019 now ranks as the second biggest year for new construction in the city’s 101-year history based on dollar value. New construction hit $446.9 million last year to establish a new record.

The construction activity in 2017 was the third highest year on record at $228 million.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email