The future of a planned Turlock Mi Pueblo Food Center may be in question, as developers and the Mexican grocery chain are working through “unresolved issues.”
Word of those issues came from Reed Oñate, vice president of Concord-based New Urban Community Partners, LLC., the site developer. Oñate went on to say he had “no official comment” on the status of the Mi Pueblo development.
The development, which received final approval in May 2011, was intended to transform the former site of Dollar City at the intersection of West Main Street and South Soderquist Avenue. At the heart of the development, Mi Pueblo Food Center was expected to bring a 36,000 square foot full-service Mexican grocery store, complete with carniceria, fresh produce, bakeries with fresh goods throughout the day, a hot Mexican deli with a seating area, a tortelleria, and a customer service center with check cashing, utility payments, and money transfers.
Additionally, the Mi Pueblo Food Center development was expected to bring 125 jobs to Turlock.
Turlock Deputy Director of Development Services Debbie Whitmore said Thursday that Mi Pueblo is “not moving forward,” as developers continue to work on an agreement with the chain.
Whitmore said developers are moving ahead with the property, with needed infrastructure improvements currently underway. Whitmore also said a number of other potential tenants have expressed interest in the site.
“We’re going to see something happen there,” Whitmore said. “It may not necessarily be Mi Pueblo.”
Mi Pueblo Food Center did not return calls for comment.
In May, Mi Pueblo announced they would shutter their Paradise Road location in Modesto effective July. At that time, the company said they would consolidate their Modesto operations with their Crows Landing Road store, but no statement was made regarding the planned Turlock site.
Though the fate of the development remains uncertain, Turlock Planning commissioners were disheartened at the news that Mi Pueblo may not be coming to town. The development received widespread community support when originally announced, save for a few neighbors concerned with traffic and trash.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” said Planning Commissioner Victor Pedroza.
“I think they’re disappointed as well,” Whitmore said.