Development begets development in Delano

Development begets development in Delano »Play Video

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — For Anita Gaston, the new Walmart in Delano has not only saved her money on her essential items, but on gas.

"Instead of going 30 miles, I can just go 12. It's cheaper than a lot of the stores in Wasco," said Gaston.

The Wasco resident has been traveling to Delano to shop since the Walmart opened last year and as more construction projects continue to pop up, the city says shoppers like Gaston have even more to look forward to.

"We know for a fact Ross has pulled their part for development at the marketplace," said Delano City Council Member Joe Aguirre.

Aguirre said Tuesday there are currently three phases of projects in the works to expand the entire shopping center.

"I've heard Marshalls, Rue 21, Famous Footwear, Dollar Tree. At one point I heard Big Five Sporting Goods, GNC, a Sally (Beauty) Supply," he listed.

Aguirre said the city is still in the beginning stages of its planning, but many tenants he listed have shown serious interest in coming to Delano. He said there have also been talks of a brand new movie theater, which would also bring two large restaurants to the city.

"In order for that theater to be placed there, you have to have two eateries as a part of their deal. Things have come up like Applebee's or Chili's restaurant, said Aguirre.

The city said the new restaurants and stores will also bring a large amount of much-needed jobs to the area. Delano currently has a 29 percent unemployment rate

"So, all together in that Walmart-Ross development, you're looking at a surplus of jobs. About 2,000 jobs at the end of that development,” said Aguirre.