Austin-based bootmaker Tecovas is venturing into western California and opened its first store in the state on Friday, January 27, at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.
The denim and boot retailer will occupy a 4,000-square-foot site between Apple and Starbucks on the south side of the mall, closest to Macy’s and Versailles Street.
The company founded in 2015 by Paul Hedrick designs its cowboy boots in Austin and they are handmade in one of the oldest shoe factories in León, Mexico, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The company is named after the Tecovas Formation in West Texas. The geographic feature in Palo Duro Canyon is known for its red cliffs and is one of the largest in the US.
Boots prices range from $235 to $545.
The Rancho Cucamonga store is the company’s 26th store and part of a rapidly expanding Tecovas store. Launched as an online-only concept, Tecovas opened its first brick-and-mortar store in March 2019 in Austin, and by the end of 2022, had more opening in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.
The company secured $56 million in Series C funding led by Elephant in January 2022 to expand the brand across the country.
“This latest funding will allow us to scale our vision and welcome more customers to the brand,” Hedrick said at the time. “We have seen rapid growth since Tecovas launched in 2015, and we plan to use the proceeds from this round of financing to continue on that trajectory, investing significantly in recruiting, expanding our retail footprint, purchasing more inventory, and launching many new products. ”
The stores sell a variety of cowboy boots, bags, clothing, and accessories. Boot styles are made with bison, calf or cow, alligator, alligator, and ostrich skins.
Shoppers can also personalize their purchases with free custom leather embossing (impressions), free boot shine (it doesn’t matter who makes your boots, company representatives say), and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm. Phone: 909-406-8464
Flying J Travel Center Lists For $17 Million
It’s not every day that a gas station is put up for sale, at least one that could cost $17 million.
RealSource in Newport Beach has been chosen to list the Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley. The sale price? $17,187,000.
Of course, this gas station is much more than pumps and a refreshment stand. The 15,500 square foot travel center and fuel lanes sit on 11.50 acres.
“The property has multiple streams of revenue, including 12 fueling lanes, a Wendy’s drive-thru, Cinnabon, a PJ Fresh Marketplace convenience store, a Western Union, 107 truck parking spaces plus 48 reserved parking spaces, two ATMs, CAT-certified scales and nine on-site showers,” said Austin Blodgett, RealSource Group senior vice president of investment sales.
Blodgett called the Pilot travel center “the latest generational investment.”
“For someone looking for long-term security with a great future advantage, this is the property to have in your portfolio,” he said.
Birtcher gets the go-ahead for Fontana logistics center
Newport Beach-based Birtcher Development, an industrial real estate development company, has secured the rights to the 330,048-square-foot Birtcher Logistics Center in Fontana.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2024, the firm said.
The distribution facility on the southwest corner of Banana and Santa Ana avenues will have approximately 10,000 square feet of office space, a truck yard and 85 trailer parking spaces.
MBK, Core5 partner in Inland Empire warehouse
More Inland Empire development news as MBK Industrial Properties in Irvine partners with Core5 Industrial Partners in Atlanta to build Arrow Business Center, a Class A industrial building in Rancho Cucamonga.
The 49,291-square-foot storage facility should be complete by September 2023.
“This project stands out for many reasons, especially how rare the opportunity is to find a premier infill location like this in a high-demand submarket that has seen a tremendous amount of development over the past decade,” said Jon Kelly, Vice President of Core5 Development.
In addition to the Arrow Business Center, Core5 and MBK also have a joint venture in San Antonio, Texas.
Wells Fargo grant will help guide small businesses
A $65,000 grant from Wells Fargo will help small businesses in the region with guidance from Cal State San Bernardino’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship will help minority-owned small businesses in the Inland Empire.
The goal of the IICE program is to help at least 150 small business owners with the help of the center’s staff, faculty, and financial support. Business assistance programs are housed at the Center for Small Business Development and the Center for Women in Business.
Black Rose ‘young adults’ honorees named
Liyah Bevins and Principe Ogidikpe are among a dozen honorees at the San Bernardino Foundation for Black Culture’s 30th Annual Black Rose Awards.
They won in the Margaret Hills Black Rose Inspiration Young Adult category.
Bevins, a psychology student at California Baptist University in Riverside, wants to be a teacher for parents of children with mental health problems. Ogidikpe earned a BS in Biological Psychology with a concentration in Communications from Cal State San Bernardino. Originally from Nigeria, he moved to the US in 2010 and works as a district representative for Eloise Gomez Reyes, California Assembly Majority Leader from the 47th Assembly District.
Bevins and Ogidikpe will be honored with 10 other awardees at a banquet Feb. 4 at Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union.
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