Clovis News

Word on the Street: The climb to fitness

MetalMark Climbing + Fitness and its 44-foot-high climbing walls are under construction at the Granite Park development.

The 14,000-square-foot gym just south of the ball fields on Cedar Avenue near Ashlan Avenue is scheduled to open in early summer, possibly June.

The climbing walls have 70 routes for climbers. A separate "bouldering" area with 12-foot walls allows people to climb without ropes.

MetalMark is also a traditional gym with a weight room, cycling room and space for group exercise classes, said general manager Marie Garringer.

"The one thing about climbers is they will go to where there's good climbing," she said. "I already have people from Auberry and Oakhurst contacting me about the climbing gym."

MetalMark will join another climbing gym in the area, Yosemite Fitness at Willow and Nees in Clovis.

MetalMark is owned by Touchstone Climbing Inc., which has five gyms in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

It will employ about 20 people.

Branching out in Selma

Bank of the Sierra will celebrate its newest branch in Selma with a grand opening event April 2. The branch at 2446 McCall Ave. in downtown Selma has been open since a soft opening Feb. 28.

The Porterville-based bank becomes the only Valley-owned traditional bank with a branch in Selma.

"That's one of the things that attracted us to Selma," said Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra's executive vice president and chief banking officer.

Other banks doing business in the city include Citibank, Bank of America, Union Bank and Westamerica Bank. Finance & Thrift, another Porterville-based company, also has a branch in Selma.

The branch employs six people. Its lobby hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. A drive-up window is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. The bank also has a drive-up ATM.

The Selma branch is Bank of the Sierra's 25th brick-and-mortar branch in the Valley.

New deli location

Local sandwich store chain Deli Delicious recently opened its newest store in Fig Garden Village at Palm and Shaw avenues. The store is the chain's ninth and is next to Uncle Harry's New York Bagelry.

The restaurant serves hot, cold and specialty sandwiches, including a buffalo chicken sandwich filled with chicken breast, buffalo wing sauce, blue cheese, bacon, tomato, onion and avocado.