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Business Beat: ‘Old-fashioned’ jeweler moves to new location in Modesto

pguerra@modbee.comMay 10, 2014 

In this week’s Business Beat, we are talking about businesses on the move – in good ways and bad.

First, the good:

Robert J. Nuccio called to tell me he has relocated his eponymous jewelry store. After 30 years in the shopping center at 2221 McHenry Ave., near Bowen Avenue, Nuccio has moved several blocks south to 1212 McHenry, near Roseburg Avenue. He said the new location is a better fit for his business, which he describes as an “old-fashioned” jeweler.

“I don’t stock a lot of merchandise,” he said. Instead, Nuccio makes much of what he sells, though he will order watches and chains. According to his website, Nuccio enjoys creating “jewelry from scratch.”

“People who come in here talk to a jeweler, not a salesman,” he said. He also offers on-site jewelry restoration and watch repair.

His first official day in his new digs was Monday, and he said the reception has been warm. Longtime customers like the change, and new customers see the sign and make their way inside.

Find Nuccio in person at his new storefront, online at www.rjngold.com or via telephone at (209) 524-8024.

Oakdale-based Oak Valley Community Bank is expanding into Tracy.

According to a news release, the new branch office is at 1034 N. Central Ave., at the corner of Central and 11th. The branch, Oak Valley’s 15th, is set to open by August.

It will offer “a full line of personal and commercial banking services, a traditional walk-up ATM, night deposit service, and safe deposit box availability,” the release says. Initial hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, with Saturday hours possibly coming down the line.

Then, the bad:

Three Modesto-area KinderCare day care centers are closing at the end of the school year.

The centers, on Rumble and Oakdale roads in Modesto and Antique Rose Way in Riverbank, suffered from decreasing enrollment in recent years.

“We were operating at about 30 percent to 40 percent capacity,” Colleen Moran, senior communications coordinator for Knowledge Universe, which oversees KinderCare, said in an email. “Therefore, we made the difficult decision to close the centers. We decided to reduce the disruption to our families by closing this center at the start of summer break, rather than during the school year.”

Moran said staff is working with parents to help them find alternatives.

“To that end, we’ve invited other child care centers in the area to share their information with our families. In addition, we’ve offered all of our families access to Care.com, an online child care resource, to assist them in their search,” she said. “We’re doing everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for our families.”

And, finally, in what’s either brighter news or not, depending on your outlook, McDonald’s is bringing new fries to our area.

The company has included the Modesto area in its initial rollout of its new “Shakin’ Flavor Fries.” Customers can now customize the chain’s french fries with garlic Parmesan, spicy buffalo or zesty ranch flavor.

If you order these fries, McDonald’s said in a news release, you get an additional fry bag and a seasoning packet with whichever flavor you choose. You then put the seasoning and fries into the bag and shake up the flavor “for a fun and interactive taste experience.”

The fries, which officials say were a big hit in Asian markets, also will be available in St. Louis. So now, thanks to the Golden Arches, we have something in common other than our own famous arches.

Got an item for Business Beat? Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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