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Red Robin moving closer to serving up first restaurant at Promenade Shops
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Get ready for the first restaurant at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley that’s gearing up to morph into the Lifestyle Outlets at Manteca.

Red Robin’ s building permit has been approved for the popular restaurant that specializes in hamburgers at a site immediately behind the Kerasotes Showplace 16 Cinema and west of where the new Hampton Inn is under construction.

Craig Realty is moving full-speed ahead with securing and developing existing space – and a building yet to be constructed – for outlet stores.

The Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau is expected to join the center in October.

Manteca CVB moving in October

Speaking of the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau, longtime volunteer extraordinaire Donna Shannon has joined the CVB board and will be coordinating volunteers who will be needed to staff the new CVB office up to seven days a week.

Shannon was once a workhorse for the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and was responsible for that organization’s long string of first place ribbons for best exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fair.

Shannon works at Precision Automotive.

Community Development delivering so far on promise

The “new” City of Manteca Community Development Department appears to be delivering so far on its promise made to B.R Funstein to expedite plans for its expansion so they can be in it by Dec. 1.

The firm was looking at pulling up stakes to combine warehouse operations from Fairfield with the Manteca operations in one location. They were planning to move to Stockton after incorrectly hearing that Manteca’s building fees would cost in excess of $1 million. The firm wholesales flooring products.

City leaders paid them a visit, showed them it was closer to $300,000, that their current site in the Manteca Industrial Park could easily accommodate the 86,000-square-foot addition to the warehouse and 6,500-square-foot expansion of the office, and would fast track plan review.

The foundation work has already started and building plans are going through plan check, noted Community Development Director Mark Nelson.

The project is now two weeks ahead of schedule.

The Community Development Department, by the way, is planning an Aug. 22 open house at 10 a.m. to unveil their new one-stop permit center at the Manteca Civic Center.

At least it wasn’t Wee Willie Winkie
Longtime community activist Georgiana Reichelt during one of her many trips to the podium to criticize the Manteca City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting asked at one point of Mayor Willie Weatherford “if I can call you Willie?”

The mayor, without missing a beat, shot back, “Georgiana, you’ve called me a lot worse than that.”