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 http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_367cd4f0-fca3-54d1-bfa3-05bdd6380c25.html" target="_blank">Costco, http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_a7808fd4-ecbe-5789-94f0-8f1d50130681.html" target="_blank">Home Depot and http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_a8714f89-7859-5f53-aed3-2543c68820c8.html" target="_blank">Best Buy are planning to come to the large shopping center at Highway 99 and Harney Lane.
Personally, I would love to see a http://www.steaknshake.com/" target="_blank">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.