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Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:16 am | Updated: 1:39 pm, Tue Nov 9, 2010.

After a long blogging absense, I'm coming back with one of the top question floating around the newsroom: What do you want to see in Reynolds Ranch?

Developer Dale Gillespie has announced that Costco, Home Depot and Best Buy are planning to come to the large shopping center at Highway 99 and Harney Lane.

Personally, I would love to see a Steak n' Shake or Imo's, but since those chains are not on the West Coast, I had to modify my answer. I'm voting for Trader Joe's or Moe's Southwest Grill.

Here are the answers from the rest of the newsroom:

"Fat Burger. The closest one is at Thunder Valley about an hour away." — Fernando Gallo, our cops reporter.

"A new huge bookstore like a Borders or Barnes and Noble. I also would like a El Pollo Loco." — Rich Hanner, our editor.

"Dave and Busters. It has an arcade and booze. What's not to love?" — Jordan Guinn, business reporter.

"I want a book store that sells movies and magazines and has big chairs in a cafe where I can sleep at lunchtime. Like good magazines, not Martha Stewart." — Lauren Nelson, our Lodi Living Editor. 

"One that comes to mind is Whole Foods." — Ross Farrow, our county reporter.

"My restaurant would be Spaghetti Factory and my store is Bed, Bath and Beyond." — Pam Bauserman, our Panorama editor.

"A real home good store like a Crate and Barrel or Williams-Sonoma. I wouldn't buy anything in it, but I would definitely window shopping." — Jennifer Howell, photographer

"A Borders and a Panda Express." — Dan Evans, chief photographer.

"I want a new art store that's not all covered in dust." — Marc Lutz in advertising.

I'm going to be spending some time on the blog over the next couple weeks to get back into a routine, so make sure you check back. I'm hoping to start some new weekly features to encourage myself to post more frequently.


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  • posted at 4:44 pm on Wed, Nov 10, 2010.


    A micro-brew would be fantastic! After hours of wine tasting there is nothing like a cold beer. They could take a cue from Jack Russell Brewery which is smack-dab in the middle of the Apple Hill wine country.

  • Pam Bauserman posted at 12:45 pm on Wed, Nov 10, 2010.

    Pam Bauserman Posts: 13 Staff

    If we're talking far away chains, my ultimate would be a Runza Hut. You can only find those in the midwest.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:17 pm on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2116

    My first job was a fry guy at Andrea's in Bakersfield, a little drive thru place. They were known for a few things, one was a Big Beef Burrito, 1/2 pound of ground beef and cheese deep fried. Second were their fries, the last is the standard to which I hold Pastrami sandwiches to. Grilled pastrami with the bun dipped in Pastrami juices then toasted with mustard and pickles, I usually add cheese. I never said it was healthy. Never been able to find a Pastrami as good as that here in town.

    I agree, there is something about that old home town food you can only get every so often that can make your mouth water.

    Speaking of which we just got back from a trip to New Orleans and my wife discovered she loves Gumbo. Guess I have to learn to cook that now.

  • Maggie Creamer posted at 5:35 pm on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

    Maggie Creamer Posts: 43 Staff

    Kevin, I have never heard of Schlotzsky's, but it sure looks delicious. I am always homesick for so many foods from Missouri. There's something about food you can only have a couple times a year.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:29 pm on Tue, Nov 9, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2116

    Schlotzsky's, Definitly a Schlotzsky's Some of the BEST sandwiches I've ever had. Right now the nearest one is 250 miles away. Fortunately it is in my parents home town so I can get my fix then. Great pizzas, wraps and salads as well. Just looking at their menu makes my mouth water, no other sandwich shop has that affect.


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