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Magazine: Lathrop means business
This is a rendering of Wayfair distribution center being developed in North Texas that will be similar to the one now under construction in Lathrop south of the 120 Bypass near the Interstate 5 interchange.

With thousands of homes in the pipeline and millions of square feet of warehouse buildings currently under construction, Lathrop is bursting at the seams. 

And it appears that the outside world and noticed the explosion of growth that is taking place in the South County. 

Last month Lathrop was highlighted in a multi-page spread in Business View Magazine which highlighted the city’s approach to growth by focusing on master-planned communities like River Islands and the Tri-Point Logistics Center which houses the city’s first warehouse in excess of 1.2 million square feet in Wayfair and will boast another similar size building when a tenant is finally announced. 

Business View Magazine is billed as “North America’s best source of news for executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, franchisees, and anyone else interested in current industry trends and best practices.”  Every month the magazine’s digital platform covers the latest developments in manufacturing, construction, infrastructure, supply chain and logistics, health care, food and beverage, and energy.

According to Lathrop Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal, the magazine spread reaffirms the city’s dedication to being business friendly while at the same time managing growth effectively. 

“What it does is give the city exposure to prospective businesses and homeowners and allows them to get the information that they need about the city,” Dhaliwal said. “Lathrop is not the city that I moved to in 1996 anymore – it was grown significantly. 

“Collectively, everybody – the developers, the city – is doing their part to promote Lathrop and it is very positive and encouraging that the outside world is taking notice how the City of Lathrop is developing.”

The city made its staff available for the editorial which highlighted two of the companies driving the growth boom in the community. Crow Holdings is currently developing 10 buildings with a footprint of just under 5 million square feet in the Tri-Point Logistics Center, while River Islands is continuing to add rooftops to a development that when fully built out will encompass 5,000 acres and include 11,000 homes. 

With location to major freeways and the San Francisco Bay Area being a drawing point, City Manager Steve Salvatore said that attention from the magazine wasn’t completely unexpected given the city’s growth activity over the course of the last few years. 

“We weren’t surprised to be contacted by Business View Magazine for an editorial,” Salvatore said. “Lathrop is booming with development, and we are becoming a community of choice. Housing a key commodity. Lathrop is where Bay Area workers can buy a home and raise their families in a small-town atmosphere.”

In addition to drawing development that grown the city to more than 23,000 residents, Lathrop has also worked overtime to bring job opportunities to the Central Valley as well – delivering on a council goal of “reversing the commute” and giving people in the community a chance to live and work closer to home. 

“We are attracting big name industry to provide job opportunities to our residents,” Salvatore said. “Wayfair is the newest development in Lathrop. Tesla, UPS, Ashley, Simwon and Rad Urban are just a few of the major employers in the city. 

“We have Starbucks, In-N-Out, and Panda Express currently building new retail stores – Lathrop is in a growth pattern and we are definitely holding our own.”

The eight-page spread on Lathrop can be found in the July 2019 issue of Business View Magazine, which can be viewed online by visiting 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.