Biz Beat: Quiznos leaves Modesto but pitas proliferate

pguerra@modbee.comSeptember 7, 2013 


The former Quiznos location on McHenry Avenue is being turned into an Extreme Pita restaurant in Modesto.

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— Quiznos is no more, at least here.

A reader sent me an email to ask about Modesto Quiznos locations. The toasted-sandwich chain at one point had two outlets in town, one downtown and one on McHenry Avenue near Safeway. Both no longer are operating: A search of the corporate website finds the closest Quiznos locations are in Ceres and Turlock, so Modestans will have to drive a few miles to get a Quiznos fix.

But there is some good news. According to the city's Economic Development Department, the McHenry site is being remodeled into a new Extreme Pita location. Extreme Pita currently operates a bit farther up McHenry, near Barnes & Noble.

A couple of my colleagues who are big fans of Extreme Pita introduced me to the restaurant a couple of months ago — thank you, Maggie and Jillian. Extreme Pita, which has been in existence since 1997, emphasizes healthier but still great-tasting pita sandwiches. I am a fan and am looking forward to the new location.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Bonnie Vanderwerff has collected antiques, vintage glassware and the like for several years. She turned her hobby into a small business on eBay, the online auction site. Now, according to her daughter-in-law, Leila Vanderwerff, Bonnie has gone brick-and-mortar.

B&B Consignments, 220 N. Main St. in Manteca, opened last weekend. Proud daughter-in-law Leila says Bonnie is working with fellow hobbyists on the store and still has spaces for vendors to rent. For more information, contact Bonnie Vanderwerff at (209) 923-1923.

You're retired ... now what?

I got a very nice note from Dan Merkel of Ripon offering an idea. Merkel is a volunteer with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a nonprofit part of the Small Business Administration.

SCORE, locally based in the office of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, offers no-cost mentoring and counseling for area businesspeople.

It sounds like a great deal on both sides. As Mr. Merkel put it, "One of the major dilemmas all retired persons face is, now what? SCORE is the most viable and enriching venue a retired man or woman could seek."

For more information, go to or call (559) 487-5605.

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