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The storefront landscape is changing along 11th Street and in shopping centers across Tracy as an upswing in the economy draws business owners to the city.

Amie Mendes, economic development management analyst for the city, said 11th Street has attracted several newcomers.

A 7-Eleven gas station and convenience store is planned to go on the southeast corner of MacArthur Drive and East 11th Street as the first tenant in the Milandy Plaza center.

It joins a McDonald’s restaurant under construction at East 11th and F streets and scheduled for an October opening and a car wash, Prime Shine, that opened this month at 1725 W. 11th St.

Mendes said the car wash, touted on the Prime Shine website as largest location to date, has been doing well since it opened.

“It’s nice to see some of the spaces that had sat vacant in use again,” Mendes said. “There is a synergy that comes with retail development – one feeds off the other”

She described it as a domino effect: When a new business opens, it often attracts another by increasing traffic and activity in the area.

The Interstate 205 corridor has long been attractive to business owners, but the city is starting to see more interest in developing properties on 11th Street.

“It is one of the highest traveled corridors,” she said. “It makes sense for the property owners to invigorate the older buildings.”

Mendes said plans for the 7-Eleven market and gas station have been submitted to the city.

It will be the first store in the 27,000-square-foot Milandy Plaza property that has been fenced off and vacant for years.

Work has also begun to renovate the old Tracy Fisco building at 7501 W. 11th St., just outside city limits.

Mendes said she had heard that a gas station and convenience store may open at the corner of 11th Street and Chrisman Roads, though the property is in the county’s jurisdiction.

Crews have begun to renovate the parking lot asphalt, and tractors have been seen working on the interior of the warehouse-style building.

Even as business booms along 11th Street, interest in southern Tracy remains steady