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Disney Store is on the move at Vintage Faire

The Disney Store at Vintage Faire Mall is on the move and will open in a new location Tuesday, with a grand opening event scheduled in a few weeks.
The Disney Store at Vintage Faire Mall is on the move and will open in a new location Tuesday, with a grand opening event scheduled in a few weeks.

Disney is on the move. At least, the Disney Store in Modesto is.

The store, a popular stop for many a parent and child at Vintage Faire Mall, is relocating into new digs on the second floor. Renovation work has been underway for weeks; a soft opening is planned for Tuesday, with a grand opening event to be planned in a few weeks, mall marketing manager Annie Amies said.

It’s one of a few moves at the mall, which also has a new Southern barbecue restaurant in its food court and a furniture store located at the former site of Coldwater Creek. And, as I reported a few weeks ago, tween clothier Charlotte Russe is set to open next month.

In that column, I mentioned that the store is named after a French dessert. And I had a caller tell me I have to share the recipe of said dessert. I looked it up and, there are a bunch of them. But apparently it is a confection consisting of ladyfinger cookies, gelatin, fruit, whipped cream and some kind of liqueur. And one recipe I found said each serving has 1,200 calories – yikes!

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: Walgreens announced last week it will close at least 200 stores nationwide. It is not yet clear if any of the stores in our area will be affected by the decision; a spokesman said the list of sites set for closure was still being finalized.

Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain, with 8,232 sites, according to the Los Angeles Times. Of those, 638 are in California. The company has been growing swiftly, but in recent years has faced more competition from big-box stores and online businesses such as Amazon.

▪ Another national chain that has been in the news lately with closures is Radio Shack. The company is closing stores all over the country as it goes through bankruptcy proceedings.

However, Rob Cook wanted to let us know that the Radio Shack store in Oakdale remains open for business. He sent me a news release about the store, at 1449 E. F St., saying it is locally owned and operated, so it’s “unaffected by other store closures and is open for business.”

He should know – his mother, Barbara, owns the store. She and her husband, Jim, bought the Oakdale franchise in 1996. Jim since has passed away; Barbara remains at the store, and will be there for the foreseeable future.

“We’ve had a lot of calls,” Barbara Cook said in the release. “Our customers have been concerned that they might lose our local store – but they don’t have to worry.”

▪ Modesto restauranteur John Surla has opened his new restaurant, Lola Bistro and Express, in Hilmar. A soft opening was held Friday and Saturday, with a grand opening set for Tuesday.

Find Lola at 19920 First St. Call (209) 250-2777.

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