(Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Photo courtesy of Walmart.)
Walmart is known for its supercenter expansions, but the retail giant is going small with at least one of its projects in Fresno.
The company is building its first neighborhood grocery market at Willow and Herndon avenues in Fresno. The concept is similar to Fresh & Easy and the new Dollar General Markets that have popped up in town.
“We are very excited about the new Walmart Neighborhood Market,” said Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia. “Designed for convenient grocery shopping, customers will find a full line of fresh groceries, meat and dairy products, dry goods and staples, as well as household supplies, and pharmacy services.”
The 40,000-square-foot Fresno store is expected to create about 75 new jobs, Garcia said. It is scheduled to open in summer 2013.
The retailer is also building a market in Visalia on the corner of Demaree Street and Goshen Avenue, just north of Highway 198.
Construction has started on a new GV Urban project in downtown Fresno.
The concrete pads are in place for 1612 Fulton, a 30-unit mixed-used development next to Biz-Werx, a business center at Fulton and Calaveras streets. The center was also built by GV Urban, a division of Granville Homes.
The new development will have 18 single-floor residential units that range from 645 to 706 square feet with an attached garage, a balcony or patio, washer and dryer hookups and stainless steel appliances.
Another 12 three-story live and work units will also be built. The first floor will have a 199-square-foot office space while the second and third floors will have a total living space of 1,297 square feet. The units will have a two-car garage and balcony.
The development is expected to be finished by next summer.
The iconic palm trees on Kings Canyon Road in front of Walmart have orange plastic safety fencing around them as construction begins on expanding the parking lot and adding new retail and restaurant space, the city’s planning department confirmed on Thursday.
The Walmart center’s expansion has begun with trucks moving dirt around on a grassy field that has been vacant for years. Plans are to turn 5.7 acres of land into four retail buildings and two restaurants.
The store will also expand from 131,164 square feet on 15.2 developed acres to 174,277 square feet on 19.2 acres. A grocery section, warehouse storage and receiving areas, a new loading dock and other equipment areas will be added.
Know of any other development projects picking up steam? Let me know.
If you’ve driven along Highway 168 recently or rolled by the Save Mart Center then you’ve probably noticed bulldozers and other heavy equipment digging up dirt.
The grading and underground construction for building pads, curbs and roads have started on the retail portion of the long awaited 45-acre Campus Pointe project from Fresno developer Ed Kashian at Lance-Kashian & Company.
The multi-use development is on the southeast corner of the Fresno State campus and includes two apartment complexes that were built and opened in 2010, north of the planned retail center.
The students and university employees who live there are “excited the retail project is moving forward,” said Debbie Adishian-Astone, executive director of auxiliary operations and enterprise development at Fresno State. The auxiliary is overseeing construction of the project which is on university-owned property.
Adishian-Astone said she expects this phase of construction to finish next spring.
Kashian, who built River Park and is behind the Fancher Creek project in southeast Fresno, said his company has already signed several leases with retailers and more are in the works, but he is mum on who they are.
The company policy is to allow retailers to announce their plans, Kashian said. But he gave us a clue into what kinds of businesses we’ll be seeing: some clothing stores, a significant amount of restaurants, and a small grocery store.
A multi-screen movie theater is still planned too. Kashian said his company is negotiating with a theater, but declined to say anything further. The theater looks like it’s still a sore spot after hitting a roadblock early on.
Former California State University trustee Moctesuma Esparza struck a deal to build the theater and operate it with his company Maya Cinemas North America Inc. But in 2007, the Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, which has a movie theater, sued alleging that the arrangement was a conflict of interest. A Superior Court judge ruled there was a conflict of interest but did not invalidate the project.
As for Fancher Creek – a $200 million regional shopping center hailed to rival River Park – curbs, streets and underground construction could begin next year. Kashian said his company has submitted construction drawings to the city of Fresno detailing their plan.
“We will start construction on public improvements no later than January,” Kashian said.
New home builders in Fresno are unveiling their new neighborhoods left and right this month.
Morgan-based builder Benchmark Communities opened its five new model homes in their Vantage development at Harlan Ranch, northeast of Clovis, on Oct. 6.
I got a sneak peek before the opening weekend. The new homes range in size from 2,100 to 3,300 square feet and start in the low $300,000s.
The houses are pretty roomy and have some nice built in shelves in the living rooms. I’m jealous because I don’t have any in my house and would love some on both sides of my fireplace.
There are a couple models with Jack and Jill bathrooms connecting two bedrooms. Usually the vanity area is shared with the sinks sitting side-by-side, but in one of the houses, the two bedrooms each have their own bathroom vanities with a private toilet and shower area separating the two rooms.
The master bedrooms are roomy with lots of windows. One model had a master with a double-sided fireplace that split sleeping area from a seating area. You could live in that room.
Vantage is Benchmark’s first new home development in Clovis, however, the builder entered the market early last year when it acquired the old Patriot Homes development at Shaw and Locan avenues and renovated the existing homes. Lennar Homes eventually built on the vacant land.
Benchmark has plans to build its second new home neighborhood called Dakota Square on Temperance Avenue near Dakota Avenue.
Fresno builder Granville Homes will hold its grand opening for Bungalow Courts, in downtown Fresno, on Tuesday. McCaffrey Homes is expected to open its new developments, The Gallery in Clovis and The Heights at Loma Vista, on Saturday.