Starbucks and ACE Hardware Expanding in Hollister

It’s about time…Starbucks is expanding and adding a drive thru similar to Gilroy and Morgan Hill.  More important, home owners now have a wider selection of products and services from ACE Hardware to keep their money local.  Read the full story below:

Two major retailers expand in Hollister; new grocery on the way

Ace Hardware and Starbucks move to larger digs while Grocery Outlet prepares to take over former Dollar Tree site

Grocery Outlet plans to occupy the space formerly used by a Dollar Tree store.

Starbucks will move across the parking lot to the former Union Bank location, where it will offer drive-thru service.

If new businesses setting up shop and existing businesses upgrading to larger digs are signs of a city’s economic uptick, Hollister must be doing pretty well.

Two established businesses – Ace Hardware and Starbucks– are upgrading to new locations with more square-footage not far from their current addresses and Grocery Outlet, a bargain grocery retailer, will open its first Hollister location sometime in the near future.

A Grocery Outlet spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the store will lease the building formerly occupied by Dollar Treeon Tres Pinos Road, which was destroyed by arson in December 2013.

“We are in fact going into Hollister,” said Melissa Porter, Grocery Outlet’s president of marketing. “We have very little information right now, but we do have a signed agreement with the landlord.”

Porter said an opening date and the size of the store space was not known and building permits had not yet been pulled. The city confirmed Friday that the only permit issued for the Tres Pinos address was pulled on Aug. 7, 2014, by American Technologies, a company that provides disaster recovery services. The permit has a construction valuation of $1 million, according to the city.

Ace Hardware will more than double its space – from 9,700 to 21,000 square feet – when it moves from the leased space it has occupied for the last seven years at 1707 Airline Highway to 1725 Airline Highway, the store formerly occupied by Staples. Store Manager Al Tarasco said they started making plans to relocate several months ago when his boss, store owner Mike Johnson of Morgan Hill, finalized the purchase of the building on Airline Highway.

“We started actually moving into the building two months,” Tarasco said. “There was a lot of improvements we had to do. We had to clean Halloween stuff out of it and had to tear out the printing center that was in there from Staples. We refinished the floors.”

A live plant nursery was also built in the outdoor space between the existing loading dock and the building. A hole was cut in the outside wall and an automatic door installed for access to the nursery.

Tarasco said the store’s larger space will allow them to expand their inventory and offer additional merchandise.

“The thing that’s important is that we’re carrying a lot of new stuff that we don’t have over here, like patio furniture sets,” he said. “We’re going to have a lot of more barbecue grills and work clothes – we’re going to carry Carhartt clothing – and a bigger selection of Stihl products.”

The new store will also feature large aisles for pet products and wild bird seed and more lumber.

“We hardly have any lumber over here, so you’ll be able to buy plywood and fence boards and things like that,” Tarasco said.

He expects the big move to take place Feb. 18-19.

Plans are also in the works for Starbucks to make a short-distance move from its current home at 1760A Airline Highway to a larger location with a drive-thru at the site once occupied by Union Bank at 1730 Airline Highway. The city issued Starbucks a “tenant improvement” permit valued at $4,775 on Jan. 21.

Starbucks Spokeswoman Haley Nieman confirmed Friday that Hollister’s popular coffee company was indeed preparing to move in response to customer requests for a larger retail space and, of course, a convenient drive-through window.

“I can confirm that we are relocating the store,” she said. “It’s a little too far out to confirm an opening date, but it will be this summer.”

BenitoLink reached out to the San Benito Economic Development Corporation and Hollister City Manager William Avera for comments on these business developments, but calls were not returned by deadline Friday.

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