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Napa Crossing Shopping Center Breaks Ground

Walgreens is first business retailer to commit to Trancas Street project.

A developer is hoping if he builds it they will come.

So far, Walgreens is the only tenant that has taken out a building permit at Napa’s newest shopping center — Napa Crossing at Trancas Street and California Boulevard.

Developer Trancas Pacific LLC, of Chico, did not return phone calls to confirm speculation that two national chain restaurants and a mattress store are considering locating in Napa Crossing.

The tenants would be opening in a shopping center being built following “green” LEED building environmental standards.

A building permit for Walgreens in Napa Crossing — on the northeast corner of Trancas Street and California Boulevard — is the only permit submitted and approved, according to Napa City Planner Scott Klingbeil, who is overseeing the building permit process.

“The developer has not indicated when they would like to pull additional building permits for the remaining buildings,” Klingbeil said.

Walgreens, a nationwide pharmacy, is building its first store in Napa. Walgreens’ spokesperson Robert Elfinger said the full-service pharmacy has more than 7,700 locations. It stocks everything including health and beauty products, groceries, a one-hour photo department and a pharmacy.

Elfinger said the store is expected to open late this year. Construction broke ground in February, according to Elfinger. 

The 14,398-square-foot Walgreens will  have 20 to 30 full- and part-time employees. Job applications can be completed at walgreens.jobs.

Across the street, Main Street Properties principal Craig Semmelmeyer, who manages Bel Aire Plaza, re-enforces north Napa as the retail core. Bel Aire Plaza is anchored  by popular retailers , , and among others.

“This solidifies Highway 29 and Trances as the core for the city’s retail businesses,” Semmelmeyer said.

He sees Napa Crossing as adding to “the synergy. This brings businesses that would locate in either south Napa or not come to town at all. I think they will bring more customers to our shopping center,” Semmelmeyer added.

Tom Emmons June 27, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Great news for Napa's employment picture, and probably Napa business in general!
John Durham June 28, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I would like to see a great chain bookstore, Apple computer store, Williams-Sonoma or Surla Table, California Pizza Kitchen. A movie theater in North Napa would really be great!!

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