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Exterior Work Continues At Crossroads
Safety fences, scaffolding, paper and screen are all in place, just waiting for the application of the stucco exterior on the new Pad C addition to the Crossroads Shopping Center, at the corner of Claribel and Oakdale roads at the south edge of Riverbank. Ric McGinnis/The News


A distinctive new shopping module is taking shape at the southwestern corner of the Crossroads Shopping Center, presently a major gateway to Riverbank at Claribel and Oakdale roads.

Of all the buildings constructed in the center, this new ‘Pad C’ as it is designated, features the only rounded turret. On the other buildings, they are either square or rectangular.

The Riverbank Building Department has confirmed that the new building will hold five shops, which include four new food service locations and one retail store. A spokesperson said that, in addition to Panda Express and Chipotle, which were established earlier, a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has pulled permits. Panda and Chipotle feature Chinese and Mexican foods respectively. That leaves space for one more restaurant and the retail.

The nearest Dickey’s is on McHenry Avenue in Modesto, just under four miles away from Riverbank. The nearest Chipotle is in the Vintage Faire Mall, more than eight miles away and the nearest Panda Express is on Floyd Avenue, nearly three miles away. The Riverbank eatery locations will be much closer for residents of Escalon and Oakdale, as well.

The building department speculated that the Chipotle restaurant might go in on the north end of the building, next to the Starbucks drive-through, while it seemed like Panda would be installed in the south end, with the turret.

While city builders had no word on the potential retail tenant, the construction supervisor has said that it would be an AT&T sales outlet. He said earlier that his boss, the developer, had received a lease agreement. It’s possible that type of business might not need any special amenities in their storefront, and thus, no need for a permit. An employee restroom, electricity, phones and an internet connection might be sufficient.