Two new businesses in Patterson – Pilot Flying J and Prime Shine Car Wash – are moving along rapidly in construction and shaping up nicely on Sperry Avenue. Both have been in progress for a few months and should be nearing completion soon.

Meanwhile in the Westley area, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened last week to plenty of compliments from those who have dined there. Dickey’s is near the I-5 Westley exit in Joe’s Travel Plaza.

Pilot Flying J construction in progress

When Pattersonites ride along Sperry Avenue and head towards I-5, they can definitely notice the construction of the Flying J truck stop.

Construction has been underway at the 11.3 acres of land located on the northeast corner of Sperry Avenue and Park Center Drive. The former Patterson Airport Property, the Amazon Fulfillment Center and the CVS pharmacy warehouse are some of the surrounding landmarks located northwest of the property site.

The new Flying J station will include a fuel truck stop with full services and a restaurant. The facility will have 20 fuel pumps, of which 10 will be for automobiles and recreational vehicles, and 10 for trucks.

The project is comprised of three parts – a 14,788-square-foot travel center building and parking lot, and a 2,798-square-foot fast food restaurant within the travel center building

A designated truck yard consisting of 150 spaces has room for trucks, trailers and a weighing station.

According to a Patterson Planning Commission agenda from May 26, 2016, the site will include a Wendy’s fast food restaurant with a drive-thru lane, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s and PJ Fresh Marketplace. The site will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Passing drivers will note that construction of the Wendy’s is advancing quickly.)

Job openings at the incoming Flying J in Patterson will be online at jobs.pilotflyingj.com.

“The exact number of job openings for this particular location is not yet finalized, but on average, new Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers create between 70 to 100 new jobs,” Anne LeZotte, communication manager for Pilot Flying J, said.

“We’re excited to join the Patterson community and to serve commuters and professional drivers alike,” LeZotte continued. “We pay close attention to travelers’ needs on the road and regularly listen to professional drivers to ensure we’re opening locations where we’re needed most. We know that business-friendly Patterson offers an excellent community backdrop.”

The Patterson Flying J joins three others in the Stanislaus-San Joaquin-Sacramento area: Lodi, 15237 North Thornton Road; Ripon, 1501 North Jack Tone Road; and Sacramento, 2828 El Centro Road.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened its doors in Westley last week, with four weeks of specials and giveaways being offered, including free barbecue for a year for three guests.

Dickey’s serves Texas-style barbecue and is located in the Joe’s Travel Plaza in Westley.

Owner Harman Dhesi is breaking into the restaurant industry through the local Dickey’s. He is already familiar with Joe’s Travel Plaza, where he has owned and operated a truck, tire and oil change company.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve Texas-style barbecue to people from all over the country who frequent this location,” said Dhesi in a press release.

“Dickey’s congratulates Harman Dhesi on joining the Dickey family and opening his first location in Westley,” said Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “California has the most Dickey’s locations, after the state of Texas, and we are proud to continue expanding and serving Californians delicious, Texas-style barbecue.”

Residents of Westley can find their newest Dickey’s location at 4415 Howard Road, Westley. The phone number is 209-892-1313.

The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers meats, homestyle side dishes and barbecue sauce, as well as free kids’ meals every Sunday.

Prime Shine Car Wash

Another business being constructed in Patterson is the new Prime Shine Car Wash on Sperry and Ward avenues, just a few steps away from Walgreen’s.

If the Prime Shine name and look seem familiar to you, it is probably because the incoming Patterson location is one of many in the area.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our brand and services to the community of Patterson,” said co-owner Evan Porges in an email to the Irrigator. He owns Prime Shine with brother Norm.

“We are a 25-year-old family business and our objective is to serve the three counties of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin,” Porges said. “We currently operate 17 locations and Patterson will be No. 18.”

Local businesses who are new to town or have news to share may call Maddy Houk at 892-6187.

PI community reporter

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