Walmart eyes Pacific site
Chain store applies for spot in Mountain Shadows Plaza
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By Jud Snyder  November 22, 2013 12:00 am

Walmart has applied for a use permit to move into the vacant Pacific Market site in the Mountain Shadows shopping center on Golf Course East Drive. 

The application has yet to be approved and will come before Rohnert Park’s Planning Commission possibly next month or January next year.

There’s little doubt it will be approved. The need for a tenant to take over the 32,169 sq. ft. supermarket location has long been a goal since Pacific Market closed its doors two years ago. Rumors of a Trader Joe’s market or a 99-Cent store moving in were never confirmed. 

Back on Feb. 28 of this year, the planning commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit, site plan and architectural review for a supermarket in Mountain Shadows Plaza, filed by Joe Vellutino, representing shopping center owners. 

No tenant for the site was mentioned. This use permit expires Feb. 28, 2014. Walmart has until that date next year to continue remodeling the interior. 

No mention was made if the U.S. Post Office branch would remain part of the plan. It’s doubtful they will. The regional post office in Petaluma is due to be closed soon, and the post office system has money problems of its own.

Among the conditions of the use permit already filed, the restricted hours are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. There were also restrictions on delivery truck hours. New signs on the building will have to be approved by the Development Services Dept., headed by Marilyn Ponton, before their installation. 

The Walmart move will no doubt revitalize the shopping center.  City hall sources said once the permits are cleared, it should take about eight months to welcome shoppers at its grand opening.

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