Biz Beat: Second In-N-Out opens in Modesto

August 24, 2013 

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— Fans of In-N-Out — and, judging from the number of folks who have asked me about this, there are lots of them — can rejoice: The California burger joint has opened its second Modesto location, on Sisk Road in a site formerly occupied by a Black Angus restaurant.

In-N-Out has a restaurant just down Highway 99 at Pelandale Avenue, where long lines often form throughout the day as people head over for a Double-Double, animal-style.

According to the company's website, hiring is under way for the Sisk Road location. In-N-Out is accepting applications for food workers on all shifts and janitorial staff. Pay starts at $10.50 an hour. Apply online at

That's not the only site where hammers have been busy recently. The shopping center across from Vintage Faire Mall on Dale Road is getting a makeover. New facades are going up in front of the businesses, which include Trader Joe's and Jumbo Buffet.

And there is more in the planning stage: My colleague Kevin Valine tells me the city of Modesto is considering a proposal for a new Infiniti dealership on McHenry Avenue at Claratina Avenue.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

We got an email from Sally Gerbo, who lost her marketing job to a layoff in 2007, when she was pregnant with her first child. She has since started her own custom design firm — Gerbo Designs — with her husband, Ian. She tells us she is proud to be celebrating the company's fifth anniversary.

Since then, she said, she has built her client list, even while having two more children and Ian, a history teacher, getting three pink slips in three years.

"We have been very blessed," she said. "Throughout the ups and downs, our clients have stayed very loyal."

She's planning a wine reception to celebrate next month. Contact her at (209) 918-2944, or

And finally, I wrote last week about seasonal Halloween stores opening up shop in the area. It seemed a little early for that. This week, I heard from some folks including my friend Susan that, never mind Halloween, stores are putting up holiday displays already.

The Bee ran a Los Angeles Times story on its business page this week about this trend nationally.

On Wednesday, Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last year's program pulled in 10 percent more in sales than it did when it debuted in 2011. Hobby Lobby has holiday items on display, I am told, as do some Costco locations.

Years ago, I worked for Valley department store Gottschalks. I spent a week one year helping put up the Christmas merchandise. I remember people complaining about it then, and I told them that retailers don't put stuff out unless there are folks who want to buy it.

That was in late September. Now that almost seems quaint. Having spent Thanksgiving night the past few years out with midnight shoppers — actually, a really fun assignment — I wonder if one day soon we'll find ourselves covering the big holiday shopping kickoff on Labor Day weekend.

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