Also next year, projects that started in 2012, and a few even earlier, will be completed. Walmart now has all the permits it needs to start renovating the long-vacant Nob Hill supermarket on Santa Rita Road with a grand opening planned for its new Neighborhood Market next spring. Stoneridge Creek, which started construction this year of its retirement community on Staples Ranch, is expected to have the first of its 650 living units ready for purchasers next fall, about the same time that the extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road and Livermore will be completed. Two lanes of the roadway's four-lane bridge over the arroyo are finished; the other two lanes will be built once the rainy season ends.
Two more business centers are flourishing, including Gateway Center at Bernal and Valley avenues, with Safeway's new Lifestyle supermarket as an anchor, and the Vintage Hills Shopping Center farther east on Bernal where the New Leaf supermarket out of Santa Cruz will open within the next few months. Work on a new CVS Pharmacy, Starbuck's and a Safeway service station is under way with completion scheduled for early in 2013.
Vintage Hills is a real success story. Long nearly empty after the popular Romley's neighborhood grocery closed more than a decade ago, the center was headed for the wrecker's ball until the Pleasanton City Council said no. A new owner with marketing experience reversed the center's course and started bringing in tenants that the heavily-populated Vintage Hills and nearby communities liked. With New Leaf, the center has a new lease on life that bodes well for all commercial and retail businesses in Pleasanton.
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