Biz Beat

October 5, 2013

Biz Beat: Stores closing as others open in the Modesto area

It’s been a busy time for business recently, with lots of closures but a few openings, as well.

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Latest news from the Modesto-area business scene

It’s been a busy time for business recently, with lots of closures but a few openings, as well.

As my colleague Garth Stapley reported last week, Save Mart on H Street in downtown Modesto will close at the end of the month. The building that houses the store in the Shops at Lincoln School shopping center is for lease; there’s no word whether anyone has looked into renting it.

In other areas, Dollar General has stepped in, taking over sites once occupied by Sam’s Food City in Modesto, Livingston and Turlock. In fact, in some brighter news, Dollar General opened on Yosemite Avenue in Modesto last month and on Lander Avenue in Turlock last week.

I don’t know if Dollar General or another retailer will step into the Save Mart location. According to several readers, the area has been plagued by panhandlers in recent years. It would be a shame not to have a grocery store downtown, particularly for the elderly and others who live nearby. And it will be a big hit for the smaller businesses that occupy the same shopping center. Across town, Century Center at Oakdale and Orangeburg still looks pretty vacant after the closure of Raley’s nearly two years ago and Gottschalks before that.

Other recent closures have occurred in Turlock.

Blockbuster on Geer Road, which escaped the last round of closures for the movie rental chain, is shutting its doors. Services such as Redbox and Netflix have rendered places such as Blockbuster nearly obsolete. But I’m a little sad my little boy won’t be able to go into a video rental store and browse the titles the way his sisters did when they were younger.

Another longtime Turlock business that is no longer: Dairy Queen. The eatery closed after 21 years on West Main Street, near the Stadium 14 movie theaters. A sign in the window thanks Turlockers for their business. Dairy Queen remains in business on Oakdale Road and in Vintage Faire Mall, both in Modesto.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Do you have a bunch of paper records lying around the house? You can dispose of them when a local bank has free document shredding later this month.

Oak Valley Community Bank is working with the Better Business Bureau on the event, set for Oct. 18 in the parking lot of the bank branch at 3508 McHenry Ave. American Mobile Shredding will provide on-site document shredding trucks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will take up to five boxes of papers per person.

“Identity theft is a serious crime affecting a wide population,” Gary Almond, president of BBB serving Northeast California, said in a news release. “Shredding sensitive documents is an excellent way to help in preventing the crime.”

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