Pleasanton's economy is on the uptick thanks to population and business growth. Laura Olson, executive director of the Pleasanton Downtown Association, told a Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday that retail and restaurant businesses are "standing in line" for available space on Main Street. Shopping centers along Hopyard Road are also filled to capacity and businesses are now filling up the available space at the new Safeway Gateway Center at Valley and Bernal avenues. Bagel Street Cafe and Baja Fresh opened this week, following last month's opening of the popular Habit Burger Grill and Panda Express' third outlet in Pleasanton. Stoneridge Shopping Center also is thriving with new stores and restaurants.
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