The owner of the Mayfair Shopping Center in central Fresno is rebuilding a section of his strip mall a year and a half after a fire destroyed four businesses and reduced the building to rubble and ashes.
“We’re literally replacing the same building,” said owner Ted Caldwell, who lives in Sacramento and has owned the center since 1980. “That’s 10,300 square feet.”
The shell of a new building is up on the northern end of the shopping center facing First Street at McKinley Avenue. Construction started months ago and is about 90 days from completion, Caldwell said.
The fire, on April 16, 2013, caused $1.7 million in damages after starting in the attic space of a business and quickly spreading through the rest of the building. It was home to restaurants Thai Phooket-3 and Train Depot, Jesse’s Seafood Market and Super Suds Laundry.
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Two of the displaced businesses will return to the new building while at least one, the Train Depot, reopened on Ashlan Avenue, near First Street.
“Two of our wonderful tenants from the prior building want to come back,” Caldwell said. “They’ve been waiting for the new construction.”
Super Suds Laundry will occupy 3,000 square feet on the south end of the building. Thai Phooket will return to its original location and in 2,800 square feet of space on the north end of the building. The remaining 4,500 square feet of space is available.