New Shopping Center Planned for Stockton, Calif.

Jul. 7--STOCKTON -- A Walgreen Drug Store will anchor a proposed 43,230-square-foot neighborhood shopping center to replace the defunct Golfland, a longtime center with arcades, water slides and bumper boats.

The project, on 5.6 acres at 7850 West Lane, has Walgreen as the only confirmed tenant, according to Dennis Gage, president of Irvine-based Concorde Development, which bought the property.

But Gage said there also will be several restaurants, a coffee shop and an ice cream shop at the retail center.

"It's a great location," he said. "I look forward to building an upscale shopping center there."

The drug store, which would have about 30 employees and be open 24 hours a day, would have a drive-through pharmacy area and account for nearly 15,000 square feet of space in the pro-ject.

Five other buildings would vary in size from 3,200 to more than 7,400 square feet.

The project is expected to be developed in two phases, with build-out expected by the end of the year.

The project requires no zoning change. The area is already used for general commercial or offices, including three shopping centers, a Costco, a bank, a veterinary hospital and Kaiser Permanente medical offices.

Gage said he anticipated no obstacles to approval of the project.

Walgreen already has four stores in Stockton, including one at Hammer Lane and Lower Sacramento Road. Another one will be replacing Stockton's last roller-skating rink, Hammer Skate, at Hammer Lane and Kelley Drive.

"They're pretty hard on the recreational scene, I guess," Jim Glaser, Stockton community-development director, said with a laugh.

City planners have approved the design of the Concorde Development project. An Aug. 10 city planning commission hearing has been scheduled to consider a use-permit request as well as a road-plan amendment to allow an extra driveway for the high traffic-volume site.

"We're supportive of the project," Glaser said.

Contact reporter Bruce Spence at (209) 943-8581 or email

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