Clovis News

Word on the Street: New Clovis buffet offers choices from Japan, China

The former Golden Corral restaurant in Clovis is now home to a different kind of buffet -- the Japanese and Chinese food served at the newly opened Mitsui Buffet.

The restaurant opened in November in the 8,500-square-foot building, which was also once a Shakey's Pizza Parlor, at Villa and Shaw avenues.

The restaurant has a sushi bar and a hibachi grill, where customers choose meats, sauces and vegetables that are cooked in front of them. It also offers traditional dishes like orange chicken and seafood, including oysters and crab legs, said manager Yong Pan.

The lunch buffet is $7.50 and dinner is $10.50, with live music on weekends.

Mitsui Buffet joins a handful of restaurants in the area that serve both Japanese and Chinese food, including Tang Dynasty and the A-Star Buffet and Banquets in Fresno.

A new player

Dick's Sporting Goods is planning to move into the empty Mervyns store at Shaw and Valentine avenues in Fresno.

The Pittsburgh-based sporting goods retailer has 400 stores in 40 states. It will take over about 50,000 square feet of the 75,000-square-foot Mervyns space, said Shane Anderson, a Commercial Retail Associates broker who represented Dick's in the deal.

The store is scheduled to open in early June, he said.

"There's a lot of retail in the West Shaw corridor," he said. "There's not a big-box sporting goods [store] in that corridor."

The store will be the biggest sporting goods store in Fresno, Anderson said. It joins Sports Authority, Big 5 Sporting Goods and Herb Bauer Sporting Goods.

The former Mervyns store has been empty since the chain closed two years ago.

The remaining 25,000-square-foot area of the building is still empty, though a few qualified tenants are interested, said Nick Rendino, retail and investment specialist at CB Richard Ellis, who represents the landlord.

Drawing a new career

A phlebotomy school is scheduled to open in Manchester Center this month.

The newly formed California Institute of Medical Science will train medical workers who draw blood, test it and process the data.

It is scheduled to open Jan. 31 in a 2,000-square-foot space near the carousel.

A required, free orientation for prospective students will be held Tuesday and Thursday. Two programs are offered: a five-week phlebotomy technician training course or a 12-week phlebotomy technician/lab assistant program.

Steven D. Jackson II founded the school, saying there always is a need for phlebotomists and quality training. Jackson was the director of a previous phlebotomy school in the area and teaches medical classes at San Joaquin Valley College.

The school joins existing phlebotomy training programs at Fresno City College and the Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts in Fresno.