Hall Equities Group will break ground Feb. 15 on a massive expansion of Monte Vista Crossings containing 13 new businesses and a restaurant, according to an e-mail obtained exclusively by TurlockCityNews.com.
The long-awaited 108,907 square-foot expansion constitutes Phase II of Monte Vista Crossings. It will be constructed just south of Kohl's and The Olive Garden, in the square of land bordered by Highway 99, Countryside Drive, and Tuolumne Road.
Seven businesses have already committed to the expansion:
• Dick's Sporting Goods, anchoring the development at 45,690 square feet. Dick's is one of the nation's largest sporting goods chains, operating more than 500 stores nationwide; their nearest store is in Modesto.
• Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the second-largest store in the expansion at 18,000 square-feet. The massive fabric and craft chain's nearest locations are in Modesto and Merced.
• Tilly's, a leading surf, skate and motocross apparel store. The 8,000 square-foot store will be Tilly's only location between Modesto and Merced.
• Kirkland's, a seller of home décor, wall décor, furniture, and unique gifts. The 7,007 square-foot store will be Kirkland's only store north of Clovis in the Central Valley; the nearest Kirkland's is in Gilroy.
• Maurice's, a fashionable women's clothing retailer. The store will take a 5,000 square-foot space, its only location between Manteca and Clovis.
• Justice and Brothers, a clothing store for tween girls and boys. The store will take a 4,200 square-foot space, its second in the county; Justice has a Riverbank location as well.
• Sprint, one of America's four major cellphone providers. Sprint does not currently have a factory-owned store in Turlock; the nearest such store is in Modesto. Sprint will inhabit a 2,200 square-foot space.
The remaining spaces are still available for lease, according to the sales brochure. Those spaces range from up to 15,000 square feet in size, and one restaurant pad has a drive-through opportunity.
But a number of factors make Turlock appealing to potential businesses, according to a sales brochure included in the e-mail, meaning those spaces could be leased soon.
Monte Vista Crossings serves more than 300,000 people, not counting Modesto or Merced. And Turlock itself is a fast-growing community, expanding from just 13,992 residents in 1970 to more than 70,000 today. The nearby California State University, Stanislaus is also noted as a boon – 8,300 students regularly drive past Monte Vista Crossings.
It has all added up to make Monte Vista Crossings a rousing success, the sales brochure says.
“With over 1.1 million square feet of retail space and 98.8 percent occupancy under its banner, Monte Vista Crossings has become one of the region’s top retail destinations and is one of the largest open air shopping centers on the West Coast,” Monte Vista Crossings writes in its sales brochure.
TurlockCityNews.com will provide more information about Monte Vista Crossings' expansion as it becomes available.