Following the demolition of Mimi's Cafe last year, more change is underway at Stockton's Stone Creek Village: two new restaurants are slated to open at the Pacific Avenue mall, and four vacant storefronts are seeking new tenants.
Pacific Avenue businesses have experienced significant turnover amid the pandemic: legacy businesses including Payter's Grill and Hubba Hubba Antiques have shuttered, while projects like the renovation of Sherwood Mall have been announced.
Stone Creek turnover
Beijing Buffet plans to open in the former Hometown Buffet building at 1025 W. Robinhood Drive, signage at the property shows.
A few doors down, at 5757 Pacific Ave., Shila Korean Barbecue — which also has locations in Clovis and Fresno — is slated to move in, signage at the property shows.
The space formerly held a branch of the business wear shop Jos. A. Bank, whose parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2020 after announcing plans to close up to 500 stores.
Four spaces across the mall are available for lease, including the nearly 27,000-square-foot corner storefront that formerly housed REI.
A roughly 6,600-square-foot space on Stone Creek's northern side is also vacant, as well as two other smaller commercial spaces.
An Aspen Dental that replaced the Mimi's Cafe that once occupied the corner of Pacific Avenue and Robinhood Drive is now open for business.
In June 2018, Mimi's abruptly closed, taking both customers and employees by surprise. In 2021, the cafe's old building was razed to make way for two new commercial buildings, including Aspen Dental.
Record reporter Aaron Leathley covers business, housing, and land use. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @LeathleyAaron. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at recordnet.com/subscribenow.
This article originally appeared on The Record: Vacancies, new Stockton restaurants: What's changing at Stone Creek