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Supermarket, city’s 5th McDonalds & 17th car wash being built on southwest corner of Atherton Drive & South Main
A rendering of the proposed Save Mart planned for the southwest corner of Atherton Drive and South Main Street.

Save Mart — the first supermarket south of the 120 Bypass — will anchor the Marketplace at Main shopping complex on the southwest corner of Atherton Drive and South Main Street.

Plans for the long anticipated 50,071-square-foot Save Mart that will resemble existing stores in Ripon and Lathrop will be considered by the Manteca Planning Commission when they meet Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

It will be city’s third Save Mart. The two existing stores on North Main Street and West Yosemite Avenue were remodeled in recent years.

There is also nearly 55,000 square feet in additional retail and dining  space including a 4,400-square-foot McDonald’s nestled against the southwest corner of Atherton Drive and South Main. It will be the city’s fifth McDonald’s.

If it opens in two years when the city’s population is expected to reach 90,000, Manteca will have one McDonald’s for every 18,000 residents.

Based on current populations Tracy has four McDonald’s or one for every 22,800 residents and Stockton has 14 or one McDonald’s for every 23,000 residents.

It will also be the second McDonald’s in Manteca with quick access to the 120 Bypass. The other is two miles away off of the Airport Way exit at Daniels Street.

The plans also call for a car wash. It will be located along South Main Street.

There are 15 car washes now in Manteca with a 16th expected to start construction in the coming months as part of a Chevron station approved on the southwest corner of Union Road and Atherton Drive.

When the Marketplace at Main car wash is built it will be the city’s 17th.

The complex also has 38,000 square feet for a junior anchor, 14,900 square feet for smaller retail space, and 2,200 square feet for a second drive-thru restaurant along Atherton Drive.

The city’s conditions of approval will allow Manteca officials to shut down the drive-thru lanes at any time  the queues of either McDonald’s or the second fast food restaurant interferes with traffic on Main Street or Atherton Drive.

That will allow the city to avoid a repeat of the Chick-fil-A debacle at Yosemite Avenue and Northwoods.

The center will have 506 parking spaces with 51 prewired for the installation of EV charging stations.

The location for a retail is appealing not just because of existing development and close proximity to the 120 Bypass as well as being on the city’s main north-south arterial, but because the Griffin Park neighborhoods are now under construction on South Main that will add 1,301 households.



Improvements on

South Main Street

The traffic bottleneck on South Main Street from the 120 Bypass to Woodward Avenue will  partially be improved by the project.

The developer is being required to acquire the right-of-way and then build two southbound lanes from Quintal Road to Atherton Drive as a condition of approval.

That is in addition to full-width street improvements along South Main Street that borders their property.

The developer, under city codes, has the option only to construct half width improvements south of Atherton Drive. If they go for that option they will still need to acquire the right-of-way on the city’s behalf for eventual widening of South Main.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email