Five restaurants to be built
The Farmer Boy’s restaurant will be the first in the Antelope Valley. The restaurant offers choices ranging from made-to-order breakfasts to burgers to sandwiches and salads. WinCo is a chain of more than 50 grocery stores that are predominantly owned by employees through a stock trust. A spokesman said the company’s name is both a nickname for “Winning Company” and an acronym for the states where WinCo has stores – Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon. The spokesman said site-preparation work has begun for the Lancaster store, but no date has been set for construction to start. Construction will take nine to 12 months, and the store will employ about 225 people. WinCo offers groceries, fresh meat and produce, fresh bakery products and bulk and specialty foods, city officials said. “We promised a viable retail center,” Councilman Ed Sileo said of Lancaster Town Center. “We promised big, national chain restaurants. Here we are.” The development of the Lancaster Town Center represents a rebirth for one of the city’s old retail areas. From the 1950s through the 1980s, the property was one of Lancaster’s biggest shopping centers. But after Sears relocated to the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale in 1991, the property started to become an eyesore. The Sears building and a former car dealership immediately south of it were demolished in 2000. Redeveloping the property was delayed by the recession of the 1990s and by legal haggling to clear up the 1950s-era deed restrictions that required any new stores be built on the same pads and in the same size as the original buildings. After legal wrangling, the city acquired a nearly one-acre parcel to lift the restrictions and sold the property to the developers. Isackson said that when Lowe’s decided to open one of its home-improvement stores there, it raised the property’s profile with other potential tenants. The 180,000-square-foot Lowe’s opened in early 2005. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Five restaurants, including a Chili’s and a Panera Bread, as well as a 92,000-square-foot grocery store will be added to the Lancaster Town Center, officials announced Tuesday. The shopping center, located at 10th Street West and Avenue K, will add a Chili’s, a Panera Bread, a Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, a Farmer Boy’s and a Jamba Juice. The center will also add a WinCo Foods grocery store, a CVS drugstore, a 3 Day Blinds shop, a Verizon Wireless shop and a Wells Fargo financial office. City officials said the restaurants will help meet citizens’ demand for national-brand dining-out options. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “We are absolutely elated beyond belief,” Mayor Frank Roberts said of the center’s planned additions. “One of the things we discovered we need – and are ready to deliver – is restaurants.” Grading work is starting up on some of the new businesses. By mid-2007, the additions should be in place, said developer Rob Isackson. Of the center’s planned 280,000 square feet, all but about 10,000 feet have been leased. The center is expected to have more than 20 businesses and will make $150 million in annual sales, Isackson said. Panera Bread, featuring sandwiches, salads and bakery goods, will be among the first new businesses in the center. The restaurant, which will employ about 50 people, could be open as early as this fall, said Geoffrey Glazer, managing partner of Mariposa Bread LLC, a Panera Inc. franchisee. Chili’s will open in about a year. The restaurant, which will employ about 120 people, will be the third for the chain in the Antelope Valley. One restaurant opened in the Antelope Valley Mall in 1991, and a second is planned for Palmdale’s east side.