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Quick serve restaurant at Pillsbury, Woodward
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What comes first — the supermarket or the car wash and fast food place?

The answer, which will likely disappoint residents south of the 120 Bypass, is not a long awaited supermarket.

It’s a Quick Quack Car Wash and the city’s fifth McDonald’s.

Building plans for both have been submitted to the City of Manteca’s Development Services Department.

They are part of the Marketplace at Manteca commercial center on the southwest corner of Atherton Drive and South Main Street.

It’s been six years since Save Mart started working with a developer to possibly anchor the center.

When they couldn’t land Save Mart, the developer sought — and obtained — a redesign for the center that made the market space smaller and more attuned into the slimmer space needs of regional and specialty grocery store chains.

The Quick Quack Car Wash and McDonald’s are part of the 110,000 square foot Marketplace at Main.

The car wash and McDonald’s are among 10 non-residential projects being reviewed by the city’s Development Services Department.

One of those projects involves a convenience store, gas station, and quick serve restaurant two blocks east of Woodward Park.

The project on the southeast corner of the Woodward Avenue/Pillsbury Road intersection — if  built along with others approved but yet to break ground — would mean Manteca south of the 120 Bypass will have:

*Four gas stations and convenience stores instead of just the two currently.

*Three car washes instead of just the current one.

*Four  quick service/fast food as opposed to none today.

The project will also include an outdoor plaza, similar to one approved for a development on the southeast corner of Airport Way and Lathrop Road.

Outdoor plazas are essentially dining/gathering patios with landscaping and other features such as a water fountain that is part of the proposed Airport Way endeavor.

It is essentially a couple of notches above outdoor fast food dining areas such as at Raising Cane’s.

But unlike those that are part of a specific dining venture, outdoor plazas aren’t tied to a specific business. They are designed for universal use.

Two of the other projects in the review process are also south of the 120 Bypass.

They include:

*The Ten Pin bowling alley, family entertainment center, and banquet facility on Atherton Drive on the curve midway between Airport Way and Road.

*A 122-room Wood Springs Suites on Airport Way at Atherton.

The other projects being reviewed include:

*two separate mini-storage facilities — one on Airport Way north of the train tracks and the other on Cottage Court south of Doctors Hospital.

*5,200 square feet of retail and a car wash in the 1900 block of East Yosemite between Pestana and Vasconcellos avenues.

*a 5,700 square-foot office building in Eucalyptus Street across from the Manteca Civic Center dog park.

*Expansion of the Second Harvest food bank warehouse in the Manteca Industrial Park.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email