Two grocery chains are closing stores in Fresno, but a pair of local developers are getting ready to build one.
A groundbreaking is scheduled June 24 for the Vallarta Supermarket at Clinton and Weber avenues in central Fresno by Highway 99, according to developer Terance Frazier.
Noyan/Frazier Properties announced last summer that the Hispanic grocery store signed a lease and would build a 45,000-square-foot store at the planned Mid State Shopping Center. But the 7.7-acre property has sat empty, with a temporary chain link fence around it, since then.
Fresno residents who travel through the busy intersection have called asking for updates. I get as many requests for information on this Vallarta as I do for the Fancher Creek retail development in southeast Fresno (which developer Lance-Kashian & Company has said for months is undergoing ground work).
Frazier and Mehmet Noyan bought the property from the city’s Redevelopment Agency in the early 2000s for $1.2 million with plans to build a shopping center. But the recession and other factors slowed the process.
Mid-State Bowl operated on the property for 32 years before closing in 1990. The building was razed in 2005.