In a time where cities are having a tough time keeping businesses around, Patterson is booming.
Construction on the new Walmart Supercenter began in January and is almost complete.
Patterson City Manager, Rod Butler, said the new store is welcome, “There’s a huge need for general merchandise retail store in Patterson and the whole west side of Stanislaus County.” The next closest Supercenter is in Modesto, which is far for Patterson residents to travel to and why many can’t wait for the store to open.
He also expects residents from surrounding communities to travel to the Patterson store.
“I’ve gotten more questions about, ‘When’s Walmart going to be done?’ Than any other topic,” said Butler.
The Walmart means more than a new shopping option Butler said it means $550,000-650,000 in sales tax revenue for the city which goes to the general fund and pays for police, fire, parks, and streets.
Even better, it means jobs. About 330 full and part time jobs are being created at the Supercenter, according to Butler. Then there are the 200-300 construction jobs from building the Supercenter, but the work doesn’t end when the Walmart is finished.
The Supercenter has attracted other businesses to the site. Butler said Panda Express and Game Stop are scheduled to move in, and another developer has bought two other store fronts.
Patterson’s growth doesn’t end there. Down Sperry Rd. construction is happening for Amazon’s one million square foot fulfillment center. It would be the first in northern California and should open in July or August 2013, according to Butler.
Those other businesses will bring hundreds of new jobs and more tax revenue to Patterson as well.
Butler said this is a good time for Patterson, “(The city is) definitely becoming the commercial retail service hub of not only western Stanislaus county but also northwestern Merced county.”