Northwest Fresno residents will soon have more options for shopping, eating

ABC30 – November 19, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A longtime vision of a bustling shopping center along Herndon and Highway 99 is coming together at the Marketplace at El Paseo. “Phase two involves a number of exciting new tenants namely Hobby Lobby, a brand new Regal, a state of the art theater. 5 Below, Carter’s Children’s Clothes,” said Lewis Smith, the senior vice president of Retail California. He says most shops like Hobby Lobby will open in spring or summer of 2020.


Feds Say Yes to Veterans Boulevard’s Final Piece of Funding – November 6, 2019

A $10.5 million grant from the Trump administration is the final funding piece for $139 million Veterans Boulevard. (GV Wire File) The final funding piece for a key roadway project in northwest Fresno, planned for decades, finally came through. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation awarded the Veterans Boulevard Project a $10.5 BUILD Grant on Wednesday […]


Marketplace at El Paseo Welcoming Customers

ABC 30 News – October 15, 2019

A new shopping center in Northwest Fresno is bringing much needed jobs to the area. The Martketplace at El Paseo is already welcoming new customers.The latest Target to open in the Valley got big cheers from this enthusiastic crowd. The new store is expected to be a popular destination for an underserved community.


$25.4M Fresno lease tops 2018 real estate deals

The Business Journal – January 28, 2019

At a cost of more than $24.4 million, you might expect that in the Valley’s most expensive real estate transaction of 2018, you’d get to keep the building. Not that there’s any building up yet on the 20-acre parcel slated to become Phase 2 of the Marketplace at El Paseo shopping center south of West Herndon Avenue and North Riverside Drive. Currently there’s Phase 1 of the shopping center, which includes Target, Old Navy, Tillys and Burlington stores.


New burger chain headed to Fresno’s El Paseo Marketplace

The Business Journal – December 7, 2018

A new hamburger chain has been finalized for phase two of the El Paseo Marketplace development in northwest Fresno. Wayback Burgers, an international restaurant with locations from Chowchilla to Brunei, is projected to arrive in Fresno by late 2019 or early 2020, according to Chris Shane, managing partner and founder of Gryphon Capital. Gryphon Capital is the development agency working on El Paseo Marketplace.


Hobby Lobby, movie theater coming to Marketplace at El Paseo

The Business Journal – February 12, 2018

A second Fresno Hobby Lobby and another Regal Cinema are part of phase-two plans for the Marketplace at El Paseo shopping center near Herndon Avenue and Highway 99. Children’s apparel store Carter’s and regional Mexican eatery Que Pasa! are also coming soon to this fast-growing part of Fresno. The Fresno Bee reported that construction on the lot south of Burlington Coat Factory will begin in July with a slated fall 2019 opening. “With the success of phase one and through our marketing efforts, we’re finding great success in leasing,” said Lewis Smith, senior vice president at Retail California, which is marketing the property.


A second Hobby Lobby, new theater, more stores and restaurants coming

The Fresno Bee – February 9, 2018

Fresno is getting another Hobby Lobby, along with a movie theater and a slew of other stores and restaurants. The newcomers will open at Marketplace at El Paseo, the shopping center with Target at Highway 99 and Herndon Avenue. Construction on the second phase of the center will start this summer just south of the existing center. A few rumors about Hobby Lobby, a craft and home decor store, opening a second location have circulated, but the store has signed a lease with the center, confirmed Chris Shane, a developer and managing partner of Gryphon Capital that’s behind the center. If all goes as planned, the businesses will open in fall 2019.


Fresno’s new Olive Garden restaurant almost ready to open

The Fresno Bee – June 20, 2017

Fresno’s newly built Olive Garden is almost ready. For years, the area’s sole Olive Garden restaurant on Shaw Avenue in Clovis has attracted crowds willing to wait for their pasta, bread sticks and salad. The newest Olive Garden opens Monday at the Marketplace at El Paseo, the shopping center near Highway 99 and Herndon Avenue in Fresno. The restaurant will open after a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting with the Fresno Chamber of Commerce. This is the same center that will eventually have a Cracker Barrel Old Country store and restaurant. That down-home restaurant serves comfort food like hash brown casserole and has a country-style store with rocking chairs out front.


Olive Garden looking to hire nearly 100 as Northwest Fresno location set to open late June

ABC30 – June 5, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Olive Garden is still looking to hire close to 100 people at its newest location in northwest Fresno on Golden State and Herndon. The restaurant is gearing up to open later this month and hosted a hiring event Saturday where walk-in interviews were held. Applications were accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and because of the turnout, the restaurant plans to extend the event into Sunday. Olive Garden is looking to hire for all its positions – everything from bussers to waiters. The new location is expected to open June 26th.


Chronic Tacos Opening Two Valley Locations

ABC 30 – April 11, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — popular taco chain is expanding to the Central Valley. Signs are now up for Chronic Tacos at the El Paseo Shopping Center in Northwest Fresno, which is scheduled to open in July. They are also opening a location in Clovis at Herndon and Willow which will open next month. Owners tell us the opening of both locations will create about 60 jobs. They are still looking to fill dozens of positions including cooks, assistant managers, servers and greeters.