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New McDonald's, Wienerschnitzel sprouting up in Oakdale

McDonald’s on East F Street in Oakdale.
McDonald’s on East F Street in Oakdale.

Oakdale is getting some new fast-food options.

Following on the heels of a Wendy’s opening on East F Street last year, a new McDonald’s is sprouting up (replacing one that was razed), and a Wienerschnitzel also is under construction.

My thanks to reader T.L. Parker, who sent me an email asking when the opening dates are. I don’t yet have specific dates, but apparently Oakdale folks will be able to get a corn dog or chili burger (my husband’s favorite) fairly soon.

The Wienerschnitzel has been under construction for several months at the site of a former Mexican food restaurant. In fact, the process to build it started before the owners of Wendy’s submitted their paperwork, said Colleen Anderson, an executive secretary at City Hall.

The aim was to open the hot dog eatery by the end of this month, but it seems likely it will start serving in April.

As for the McDonald’s restaurant, the walls just went up this week. The new eatery replaces an outdated McDonald’s that was razed. Work is progressing quickly – Clay Merrill, a spokesman for area McDonald’s restaurants, said the new eatery should open around the first or second week of May.

So, this summer in Oakdale, you could grab a meal of a Wienerschnitzel chili dog, McDonald’s fries and Wendy’s Frosty.


Vintage Faire Mall is getting a new tenant. Clothing store Charlotte Russe is set to open in May at the Modesto shopping center, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Named after a French dessert (which consists of Bavarian cream surrounded by ladyfingers), Charlotte Russe opened its first store in 1975 in Carlsbad.

The company’s website says the store, which since has expanded into more than 500 locations, puts “a spotlight on women in their teens and early twenties and focusing on trendy, affordable clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.”

Alliance Worknet in Stanislaus County is recruiting 15 students for a “Multi-Craft Pre-Apprenticeship Training” class. In a news release sent in this week, the alliance said the class will offer students skills and the opportunity to explore construction trades such as electrician, plumbers and pipe fitters and sheet metal.

The course is six weeks long and open to low-income residents, the unemployed and veterans.

“In our region there is a strong demand for skilled workers,” Jeff Rowe, Alliance Worknet director, said in the release. “Many of these jobs are on public infrastructure projects such as highway and bridge construction and school renovation, with large projects such as the new county courthouse and high speed rail projected to create thousands of jobs in the near future. We want to make sure that a well-trained local workforce is available for these jobs.”

The class starts April 27; registration is due by Tuesday. To apply for the program or request more information, call Alliance Worknet at (209) 558-7751 or go online to

The Stockton-based bank, which was established in 1867, has agreed to acquire two branches of First Bank in Brentwood and Napa. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, following regulatory approval and other conditions, according to a news release.

The purchase is expected to increase Bank of Stockton’s assets to more than $2.4 billion and add Contra Costa and Napa to the list of counties it serves, which already includes Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin and Solano counties. The additional branch will bring the total number of Bank of Stockton locations to 18.

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