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Dollar Tree going up in Ceres; Hauck’s Grill comes soon to Turlock

One of the best things about journalism is that I am always learning new things. This week, a question about a building under construction led to a lesson in local geography.

First, the building: It is being built at the corner of Whitmore Avenue and Crows Landing Road. I went out to take a look at it, and then planned to call the economic development department for more details.

And there was my dilemma: Which economic development department – Modesto’s, Ceres’ or Stanislaus County’s? I was not sure which entity claims that particular jurisdiction.

So I called David Jones, director of legislative affairs and communications for Stanislaus County, knowing he would know right away. He didn’t.

But David checked with the Planning Department and got back to me with this rather surprising answer: It’s all three.

The northwest corner is Modesto, he said. The northeast corner is Stanislaus County. The southeast and southwest corners are Ceres.

According to folks in the Ceres Planning Department, that city annexed the southern part of the intersection about four years ago.

That brings me back to what prompted the question in the first place: It’s a Dollar Tree, now under construction in what I now know is Ceres. It’s not yet clear when the Dollar Tree will open, but if I hear more, I will keep you posted.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat: Anyone else remember having a “credit card” to take to Angelo’s market to get a cookie way back in the day? I had one, and I made pretty regular use of it.

In recent months, some grocery stores have made news by offering fruit to children while the adults they are accompanying are shopping. From what I can tell – thanks, Google – the trend started catching on after a Kroeger in Ohio began offering a healthier alternative in the fall.

While shopping at the Raley’s on Geer Road in Turlock earlier this month, I noticed a display inviting children to have an apple, mandarin orange or banana. A friend posted on Facebook about a similar offer at the Raley’s in Yuba City. I checked one Raley’s in Modesto and didn’t see it, so I asked the company’s spokeswoman, Chelsea Minor.

“At Raley’s, our vision is to bring health and wellness to our customers,” she said in an email. “Free fruit to children in our stores is just one way that we can bring that vision to life.”

Right now, Minor said, the company is testing the concept in a few of its stores. It could be expanding soon.

“We have been overwhelmed by the level of support from customers in stores and on social media,” she said.

▪ I talked with Michael Goularte this week about his plans for Hauck’s Grill. I wrote about the new Turlock restaurant in January.

Goularte, executive chef of Galletto Ristorante in downtown Modesto, also will oversee the new eatery, which he said will open in late April or early May.

Though also owned by Tom and Karen Gallo, Hauck’s will be a major departure from the offerings at Galletto. “We’re going to be kind of a sports/barbecue house,” he said, “basically serving quality food at an affordable price.”

Indeed, according to an early version of the menu Goularte sent over, a basic hamburger will be had for $5, with a side of fries for $2.

“We thought we’d try something a little different, something fun,” he said. “Galletto is still kind of our flagship ... but there are a lot of things going on in Turlock, and we decided to go into it.”

About the only thing the two have in common – besides Goularte – is that both restaurants occupy historical buildings. Galletto used to be a bank; Hauck’s gets its name from the former Hauck’s Pharmacy.

For Goularte, a classically trained chef from Gustine who now lives in Denair, the commute on days he works at Hauck’s will certainly be shorter.

Hauck’s will be holding a job fair on site, at 142 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and April 2. Résumés may be sent to