The landscape is littered with the real estate remains of Gottschalks, Mervyns and other retailers, but don't assume other department stores will fill those empty storefronts.
The next occupant could be a church, a call center or even a government agency.
After all, those buildings have attributes that non-retailers also like: Good visibility, ample parking and easy access. Folks at Celebration Church know this, which is why the congregation has leased the 105,700-square-foot former Levitz building on West Shaw Avenue.
What does it say about Fresno and Clovis that small, independently owned women's clothing boutiques keep popping up and surviving the recession? That we really are fashion-minded people? That the lack of high fashion shopping like in Union Square in San Francisco means we turn to locally owned shops? via fresnobeehive.com
Five years ago, top City Hall officials gathered in front of the southwest Fresno home of Andrew and Alice Guardado and portrayed the couple as the perfect example of why the city desperately needed No Neighborhood Left Behind. At a news conference unveiling the proposed $45 million project, with the Guardados standing next to them, city officials said the couple's life would be much improved with curbs, gutters and sidewalks in their neighborhood. No Neighborhood Left Behind is essentially done, and the Guardados still don't have their curbs, gutters and sidewalks. City Hall forgot about them. "I feel betrayed," says...