Biz Beat

Looks like more clothing options ahead at Turlock’s Monte Vista Crossings

I have some answers for folks who have been asking about what’s happening at Turlock’s Monte Vista Crossings shopping center.

Several readers have asked what’s going into the new phase of the center, where workers have been busily preparing the land for building for a few weeks now.

I have yet to reach the shopping center’s owners or leasing agents, but another commercial broker in the area offered some insight, courtesy of a flier advertising remaining spots. According to the flier, retailers Forever 21, Petco, rue21, Torrid and Rack Room Shoes are planning to open in the new phase, just south of where Dick’s Sporting Goods is now.

I was familiar with most of the names – they operate sites in Modesto. The exception was Rack Room Shoes.

A look at the company’s website offered some clarification – it started as a private shoe store in North Carolina more than 90 years ago. Phil Levinson handed the company down to a son-in-law, Mort Lerner, and by 1984 it was operating 22 stores. That year, Germany-headquartered shoe seller The Deichmann Group bought the company, which has been expanding since. In August, Rack Room opened its first Northern California location.

“The company offers a wide selection of nationally recognized brands known for their quality,” the website says. “Rack Room Shoes also offers an assortment of exclusive private brands commissioned from the best manufacturers in the business. These private brands offer the customer great styles and outstanding values, which translates into satisfied, loyal, repeat customers.”

Forever 21, rue21 and Torrid are clothing stores geared toward the younger shopper (meaning, not me). And Petco is a pet supply retailer.

No word on when the stores will open, though city officials said earlier that it should be by the holiday shopping season, barring any unforeseen difficulties.

And there could be more coming – the site plan calls for a possible restaurant, as well.

Stay tuned!

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

You may have heard about Kohl’s recent decision to close 18 of its underperforming stores.

The retailer is working to reinvent itself in the face of increased competition from discount stores such as TJ Maxx and Ross. Kohl’s has been working on its own off-price stores, as they’re called, launching Off/Aisle stores. It’s also looking at creating outlets and focusing on smaller stores.

No word yet on whether this will affect any of the Kohl’s stores in our area. As of this writing, the retailer has not made public which stores will be closed or potentially be reformatted. But if I hear more, I will let you know.

And finally, oh, my gosh, what a dunderhead. In last week’s Business Beat, I made a reference to restaurants with a pig theme in their names, specifically, Modesto’s Twisted Pig and Divine Swine. And I referred to these “bovine” names.

What an embarrassing mistake to make, particularly since this is the agricultural center of the universe, as far as I’m concerned. The term I wanted, of course, is “porcine.” Bovine refers to cows, not pigs.

Many thanks to the several readers who politely pointed out my mistake. Moooooving on …