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Airport Way/Atherton center includes 4-story Courtyard by Marriott, gas station
dutch bros
Manteca’s third Dutch Bros location is part of The Crossing project on the northwest corner of Airport Way and Atherton Driver.

Manteca will soon have a second Chick-fil-A location.

And just across the parking lot from it will be Manteca’s third Dutch Bros.

It is part of The Crossing retail project that is before the Manteca Planning Commission on Thursday. The commission meets at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Thursday’s meeting will address the site plan review and a minor and conditional use permit. The 15.4-acre project on the northwest corner of Atherton Drive and Airport Way previously cleared the environmental impact hurdle.

The 4,781-square-foot-Chick-Fil-A will back up against the eastbound off-ramp and will have two drive-thru lanes.

The location almost guarantees the drive-thru queue won’t create problems on Atherton Drive and Airport Way as Manteca’s existing Chick-fil-A has done on Northwoods Avenue and East Yosemite Avenue.

The fast food restaurant will have inside seating for 90 people.

The 958-square-foot Dutch Bros will also have two queue lanes.

It will be located to the southeast of the Chick-fil-A and adjacent to another site that is being marketed for a fast food venture.

There is a nearby right turn into the shopping center from Airport Way just south of the interchange.

The city earlier this year approved plans for a second Dutch Bros coffee business on the northeast corner of Lathrop Road and Union Road.

The city’s first Dutch Bros opened last year on West Yosemite Avenue east of Union Road.

The car wash being built has been identified as Quick Quack Car Wash,

The 3,596-square-foot facility that will be located on the northeast corner of Atherton Drive and Langum Way — the main entrance to the center — will be the city’s 18th car wash

There are 15 car washes now in Manteca with a 16th one under construction  as part of a Chevron station being built on the southwest corner of Union Road and Atherton Drive.

If the Marketplace at Main car wash is built as well as another car wash proposed as part of a complex on the northwest corner of Airport Way and Daniels Street plus Quick Quack, it will bring the city’s total for car washes to 18.

Quick Quack is also building a car wash in Ripon in the center anchored by Save Mart southeast of the Jack Tone and Highway 99 interchange.

Thursday’s review also includes an 80-foot AT&T cell tower disguised as a pine tree — similar to one off of Button Avenue near East Yosemite Avenue.

It will be on the western edge of the project and to the east of a previously approved four-story Courtyard at Marriot that will feature 117 rooms.

Manteca has two other cell towers that also have been “camouflaged.” One is a second tower along Button Avenue designed to look like a palm tree and the other is encompassed in a  clock tower behind the East Yosemite avenue McDonald’s.

The Crossing has been approved to be anchored by a 55,500-square-foot grocery store.

It is unclear whether an actual grocery store tenant has been secured.

But to give you an idea of supermarkets being built  today:

*Whole Foods stores are 25,000 to 50,000 square feet.

*Sprouts Farmers Markets stores such as the one that has just opened in Lathrop average 28,969 square feet.

*Safeway stores are 46,000 square feet..

*WinCo stores such as the one in Tracy average 70,000 to 90,000 square feet.

Developers don’t break ground on shopping centers on speculation. They always have at least the anchor  tenant lined up plus other parties interested in leasing smaller store space, developing a fast food pad or locating a gas station or cash wash.

The Crossing also will feature 36,500 square feet of additional space for retail and restaurants.

There are 563 parking spaces included — roughly the same size as the Big League Dreams sports complex parking lot — with 113 of those spaces wired for electric vehicle charging.

A  Maverik gas station with 14 fueling stations, 8 commercial fueling stations, and a 6,140-square-foot convenience store with 38 parking spaces is also part of the project.

It will be located on the corner of Atherton and Airport Way.

Maverik is a Utah firm that is aggressively expanding into Northern California.

In December, Maverik submitted plans for a gas station in Lathrop on part of the former Libbey Owens Ford property.

The Manteca Maverik would bring the number of gas stations  near the Airport Way and 120 Bypass interchange to five once Rotten Robbie’s builds its approved location on the southeast corner of Airport Way and Wawona Street and if another gas station also on Thursday’s agenda is built. ARCO and Costco already have locations along Daniels Street accessed from Airport Way.


Planers review gas station.

car wash, fast food restaurant

at Daniels Street & Airport Way


The  Daniels Center being pursued by the owners of Two Guys Food & Fuel located in the 100 block of Lathrop Road in Lathrop is also on Thursday’s commission agenda.

It includes 10 fuel dispensers to handle 20 vehicles at a time, a 3,400-square-foot convenience store, a 2,300-square-foot fast food restaurant, and a car wash.

It is being proposed  on one of the heaviest trafficked intersections In Manteca — the northwest corner of Daniels Street and Airport Way.

It is the main access point  to Great Wolf Lodge, Costco, the Stadium Retail Center anchored by Kohl’s, the Big League Dreams sports complex, and the fledgling 100-acre family entertainment zone that will soon see the ground breaking of the Loma Brewing Company on the corner of Daniels and Milo Candini Drive.

Plans for the project limits access to the 1.75-acre site from two right turns in and right turns out


Marketplace at Main  

also before Manteca

planners on Thursday


The 18.4-acre Marketplace at Main project proposed for the southwest corner of Atherton Drive and South Main is also being reviewed by the Planning Commission on Thursday.

It includes a 40,000 square feet anchor space for a supermarket plus a junior anchor space of 45,000 square feet.

The Marketplace at Main Street also has 25,000 square feet in additional retail and dining space.

It includes three freestanding fast food-style restaurants with drive-thru lanes, a car wash, and two separate areas for small retail stores.

One of the two retail areas will be a freestanding building while the other will be between the supermarket and the junior tenant.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email