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Outlet stores, Red Robin target opening in February
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Mark the month of February 2010 on your calendar.

That is when the first stores in the Lifestyle Outlets at Manteca are scheduled to open in The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley. It is also the target date for Red Robin to start serving customers at a restaurant now under construction at the same complex on Union Road at the Highway 120 Bypass.

The first set of construction plans are now being reviewed for what Craig Realty Group dubs “luxury outlet” stores. Ultimately there will be 250,000 square feet of outlet stores in the existing building shells and other structure being built between Best Buy and Bass Pro Shops.

Steve Craig, who also had a hand in the designing and marketing of the outlet malls in Napa and St. Helena, noted the drawing power of Bass Pro Shops with customers traveling from a 100-mile radius, says Manteca, is a perfect fit to upscale malls that have the same drawing range. Making Manteca even more appealing for Craig is the fact it is the center of the third largest 100-mile radius market in the country. Manteca has 17 million consumers within 100 miles topped only by New York and Los Angeles.

“It’s a match made in heaven,” Craig said of being located in the same complex as a Bass Pro Shops store when the announcement was made of the deal between center developers Poag & McEwen and Craig Realty Group.

At the time, Craig said he’s been looking for an opportunity to put in upscale outlet malls in the same location with a Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops lured a million visitors in their first five months of business in Manteca.

Now that’s what you call pool furniture
Buyers who have left homes that have been foreclosed on have been known to hammer holes into walls and even take the kitchen sink.

There was a new take, though, in a recent foreclosure in the California Classics neighborhood off East Louise Avenue in East Manteca.

The central heat and air conditioning was stolen. There is nothing really unique about that little bit of thievery. The pool was a mess of green. Again, that’s the norm.

What wasn’t the norm is what was in the murky green water. Apparently the previous owners before departing decided to dump most of their household furniture into the swimming pool along with a bunch of rubbish.

The ‘here we go again’ department
A property owner in the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca has approached the city about fixing up the parking lot on the south side of the street.

If you’ll recall, the city worked with the property owners and were ready to invest $400,000 in Manteca Redevelopment Agency money to upgrade the parking lot and add landscaping but at the last minute there was a huge ruckus raised about the city trying to shove it down their collective throats.

Last time, just like now, the entire process was started because the property owners wanted the city’s help to improve the privately owned parking lot.

Stay tuned.