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Business Beat: At last, an occupant for a long-vacant spot in Turlock

08/30/2014 5:41 PM

08/30/2014 10:17 PM

A long-dormant store site on Turlock’s west side has new life as a Grocery Outlet.

The store opened last week at 1330 W. Main St., in a site formerly occupied by Dollar City. In 2011, operators of Mexican grocer Mi Pueblo decided to open in the location. But concerns by neighbors, followed by the company’s bankruptcy in 2013, derailed those plans.

Enter Grocery Outlet, which bills itself as the nation’s largest grocery extreme value retailer. The store has two locations in Modesto, as well as one each in Oakdale and Sonora.

Turlock’s Grocery Outlet is operated by co-owners Victor and Filomena Soares. According to a news release from the company, Turlock’s is one of 16 new Grocery Outlet locations set to open this year, joining more than 200 stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

After last Thursday’s soft opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set this Thursday, followed by a grand opening party Saturday. At Saturday’s event, attendees will get free coffee and snacks and take part in a giveaway of a barbecue and a bicycle, as well as the chance for free groceries for a year. The local store also will donate $1,000 worth of food to the Salvation Army.

The grand opening party is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT – The Dance Academy has made a move.

Started 25 years ago in the basement of a church in downtown Modesto, the academy moved once 17 years ago as its enrollment grew.

But in recent years, it’s become clear a larger space is necessary, so the academy has moved again, to 3500 Sisk Road, Suite D, according to a news release sent to my colleague Marijke Rowland.

With the recent move of Julien School of Dance to an expanded, consolidated spot at McHenry Village, it appears that stepping lively is growing in popularity.

• The Ceres Chamber of Commerce is looking to help Stanislaus County food producers and exporters find companies that want to expand their business to the Asian market by introducing them to more than 40 international buyers next month.

According to information from the chamber, the organization is a sponsoring partner of the trade event A Taste of California, set for Sept. 10 in Fresno, that will highlight food and agricultural products that are grown or produced in the Central Valley.

Chamber officials said participating companies will have the opportunity to meet with buyers, increase product and brand visibility, launch new products, and gather information about buyer needs and preferences.

“We are so excited to be a part of this international event,” Ceres chamber President Renee Ledbetter said in a news release. “We recognize this as a great opportunity not only to help promote Ceres producers and exporters, but to promote food and ag businesses throughout Stanislaus County.”

The Ceres chamber is working with the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance to promote food and agriculture exporters as part of its new global marketing strategy.

For more information, call the chamber office at (209) 537-2601 or the California Centers for International Trade Development at (559) 324-6401.

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