Turnover on Stockton’s Pacific Avenue brings new stores, restaurants

Stocktonians have a plethora of new dining and shopping experiences to explore along Pacific Avenue in 2022.

The pandemic has transformed local businesses, causing some business owners to close while inspiring others to pursue a new business. At the same time, some establishments that are several generations old are disappearing as their owners retire.

The result: the departure of a few beloved mainstays – and the start of some new and exciting stores – on Pacific.

Lincoln Center

Owner Peter J. Pijl prepares food at Payter's Grill in Lincoln Center in Stockton.

Perhaps Lincoln Center’s biggest closure this year was the Payters Grill, a fast-casual dining staple that has welcomed both newcomers and beloved regulars for over 40 years. Owner Peter Pijl, 71, closed the restaurant to focus on his teaching career.

The closure of Payters gave way to Heirloom Kitchen: a locally owned, family-run restaurant serving breakfast and brunch, including waffles, cookies and gravy, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.

Another new addition to Lincoln Center is Crumbl Cookies, a Utah-based bakery chain that serves a rotating cookie menu every week. The Lincoln Center location, owned by a group of siblings and native Stocktonians, opened in September.

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Stonecreek Village

Work continues on 2 buildings on the site of the former Mimi's Cafe in the Stone Creek Village shopping center on Pacific Avenue and Robinhood Drive in Stockton.

Two new buildings, including Aspen Dental, are under construction at Stonecreek Village on the corner of Pacific and Robinhood Drive, according to permits. The land was left vacant when the French-inspired Mimi’s Cafe closed with little explanation in 2018 and was later demolished.

Sherwood Shopping Center

Sherwood Shopping Center will undergo renovations in 2022 that will transform the center into “an outward-facing shopping experience,” the owners announced this month.

The cornerstone of the renovations will be the addition of Stockton’s first Sprouts Farmers Market. The 42-year-old mall is already home to Macy’s, Best Buy, Ulta, Home Goods and Petco.

In September, Stockton’s second In-N-Out opened on Pacific and Yokuts avenues. The area has housed several restaurants over the years, including Red Robin, Elephant Bar and Lyon’s. Customers are reporting faster queues at the new In-N-Out location than Stockton’s original In-N-Out on March Lane.

Thousand Miracles

Owner Tina Phon works out of her store The Lush Studio on the Miracle Mile in Stockton.

Two antique stores that have occupied the Miracle Mile for decades closed this year: Treasure Trove Antiques and Hubba Hubba Antiques.

The Mile experienced unexpected hardships in the form of fires at the Empire Theater in May and Valley Brew in July.

Valley Brew reopened in a matter of weeks, but the owner of the Empire Theater is still in litigation with the city since authorities kicked off nine companies for code violations in 2017.

Amid these challenges, The Lush Studio Plant Shop and Cena Luna Gift Shop have opened at 2218 and 2106 Pacific Ave.

Lush specializes in common and exotic houseplants and gardening supplies, while Cena Luna offers unique kitchen items such as salts, rubs and specialty liquors and table decorations.

Kim Byrd, chair of the Miracle Mile Improvement District board of directors, said she receives a lot of interest from investors and local business owners in buying or leasing space. on the Mile.

“Everyone who was born or raised in Stockton has… memories of the Miracle Mile. I think it’s a unique little neighborhood, and there is a passion for the neighborhood.”

Record-breaking reporter Aaron Leathley covers business, housing and land use. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @LeathleyAaron. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at recordnet.com/subscribenow.