Ashley Furniture’s Lathrop footprint could soon be getting a lot larger.
And it will include the largest Ashley Homestore in the region coming in at 110,000 square feet — just 6,641 square feet less than the Living Spaces showroom in Manteca at Union Road and the 120 Bypass.
When the Lathrop Planning Commission meets on Wednesday during a special meeting at Lathrop City Hall – the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside of the Council Chambers at 390 Towne Centre Drive – they’ll be considering approval of a plan for the furniture company to construct a 1.5 million square foot warehouse at the corner of Dos Reis and Manthey Roads.
According to the staff report prepared for the commission, Ashley Furniture currently operates a warehouse facility and store on the opposite side of I-5 in the Crossroads Industrial Area and the company believes it has outgrown the 525,000 square foot concrete tilt-up building that was constructed in 2018.
Based on the plans that the developer of the nearly 90-acre site located within the Central Lathrop Specific Plan submitted for consideration, the new complex will include a 24,000 square foot office facility, a showroom and Ashley Homestore measuring just over 110,000 square feet, and 1.35 million square feet of warehouse space to allow the distribution center to serve as the hub supplying multiple Western States.
By comparison, the Wayfair distribution center in Lathrop has 1.1 million square feet.
Last year the Lathrop City Council approved the update for the city’s General Plan that changed the zoning in the area north of Dos Reis Road from residential and commercial to light industrial – making the Ashely warehouse proposal the first large industrial project that in that area that has come before the council since approving the change.
While the parcel would occupy a large portion of the land between the back side of Lathrop High School and the Manthey Road border with I-5, the project does not extend all the way back to the abut the school site – leaving a buffer between the eastern edge of the school and the currently open land beyond the school’s baseball and softball diamonds.
If the commission were to approve the proposed project and it were to be constructed as outlined in the staff report, the company’s existing building in the Crossroads Industrial Area could be sold or leased to another company.
For additional information, or to obtain a copy of the proposal that will be before the commission during the special meeting, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at www.ci.lathrop.ca.us.
To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email email@example.com or call 209.249.3544.