I had lunch at DiCicco’s with my Pretty Girls on Wednesday. As I drove out of the Bethard Square shopping center, it made my heart hurt to see the former Mayfair Market in such disrepair.
I can still see in my mind’s eye the way it looked when I was in high school, bright and new with the name of the store in bright red letters. The biggest supermarket in town, it was airy and spacious with wide aisles. Now the building sits empty, carrying that forlorn look of urban decay. It is not the only structure in town that looks this way.
Downtown, the former Cadillac dealership has sold and moved to Madera Avenue, leaving a large hole on the corner of 6th and E streets. While we are on the subject of wasted retail space, the old Tribune building and the former Mervyns’ store come to mind. Our community has so much space that isn’t being utilized, it is so sad.
If we get a casino on Avenue 17, there are rumored plans to turn the surrounding area at Avenue 17 and State Route 99 into a retail corridor. What does that do to the empty stores in Madera? I find it frustrating that we have all the components to make a robust economy, and yet it is still stagnant...