On Thursday, July 25, on a highly overcast morning in Calimesa, an assemblage of several dignitaries gathered to commemorate beginning construction of a brand new shopping center to be anchored by the latest Stater Bros. market. Very few rain drops did not discourage the excitement for this marketplace.
Joining Stater Bros.’ newest location will be: Supercuts Hair Salon, Starbucks, a 7-Eleven market, West Coast Dental, and a new type of quality car wash. Added to these will be restaurants like Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Del Taco and Jack in the Box.
Stater Bros. will anchor the “Marketplace at Calimesa” with its approximately 122,000 square feet of grocery and drug store space. A few retail pads may still be filled.
Leading a number of representatives from Stater Bros. was Peter Van Helden. Van Helden said he was pleased all was moving ahead so well.
He also said, “I appreciate the good working relationship between Stater Bros. and other groups like and including Lewis Retail Centers and the Calimesa City Council.”
Mayor Bill Davis attended this event representing Calimesa. Davis spoke about how the center would be convenient to many in Calimesa on the Cherry Valley Boulevard side of the city.
With Mayor Davis were the other Calimesa City Councilmembers, including Mayor Pro-Tem Linda Molina, Larry Smith, Jeff Cervantez and Edward Clark.
The Lewis Group of Companies is leading the building of the center. One of the four Lewis brothers was present to help initiate the groundbreaking event. Randal Lewis was on hand to express his gratitude for the work being done. He and other speakers mentioned there “might possibly be more retail pads filled as part of the center as well.”
When time came to take shovel in hand and turn over the commemorative soil County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, Peter Van Helden from Stater Bros., Randal Lewis from Lewis Retail Centers, Bonnie Johnson, city manager, and Mayor Bill Davis; all handled the shovel detail honorably.
Mentioned was the expertise used by the Calimesa Community Development Department and Kelly Lucia, Maryn Wells and others who made “Marketplace at Calimesa” possible.