Retirement just didn't work for Ron David.
The former owner of downtown Modesto's RC David, which closed in June, is coming back with a store less than four months later.
David & David Home in the McHenry Village shopping center will open this week. The home-furnishings shop will be much like David's old store. He has teamed with former RC David employee David Azevedo the other David from the name to open a new, larger store.
"Well, I was going to retire, but two months of the honey-do list was enough," joked David. "I have to have something to do in the mornings."
For the past month, David and Azevedo have been working at the space in McHenry Village that formerly housed Dinner My Way. The store has been remodeled with new décor.
David said the store is larger, 2,300 square feet vs. the 1,500 in the downtown space. He plans to cater to apartment and condo dwellers with his merchandise.
"We are going to carry smaller furniture," he said. "Small dinettes, small couches, lamps, pictures, mirrors, candles. I don't want to carry the things anyone else has."
Unlike his old shop, the store will not carry bath products.
David said he missed his customers, and now that he is reopening, many have found him again and are anxious to see the store.
"I missed my customers. Our customers were family," David said. "Everybody who left our store felt like they were part of the family. And that's how we treated them. And I'll continue doing it."
David owned RC David at J and 15th streets for nine years. He said the McHenry Village location attracted him because of its high traffic and good reputation.
David & David Home will open midweek at 1700 McHenry Ave., Suite 62A. Its hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more, call (209) 549-1700.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
The remaining Jonathan's Fresh Fish & Meats has closed.
The storefront at 2101 Standiford Ave. is empty and the shop no longer has a valid business license with the city of Modesto. A second Jonathan's location on Oakdale Road closed earlier this year.
The owner could not be reached for comment.
And, finally, this will be my final Business Beat column for the time being. I am moving on to cover Turlock. If you have news items about your business, please contact city editor Deke Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2327. Thank you for reading.