If you have driven, walked or biked by downtown Main Street in Oakley this past summer, you may have noticed significant changes in the Oakley Plaza Shopping Center. Carpaccio’s now stands as a landmark building where the old, abandoned Round Table Pizza building used to be, and La Costa has demolished their old building that only had an outdoor dining area and they are now located in a beautiful new building with indoor and outdoor seating. Situated between Carpaccio’s and La Costa is the soon‐to‐be‐open Republic of Cake. While these new buildings enhance the Downtown area, the work at the Oakley Plaza is not complete. The next phase of the Oakley Plaza project is beginning, as Ace Hardware has obtained all of the necessary building permits in order to remodel the strip mall building ,as well as add an additional 18,800 square feet of building area.
Ace Hardware owners, Jerry Thorpe and Tony Rogelstadt, opened Oakley’s first Ace Hardware, located at 305 4th Street in October of 2007. They wanted to have a Downtown location at that time, but there were no opportunities available so they renovated an old building and have been there since. The former Oakley Plaza stripmall building will get a complete new fascia that will help to beautify the entire complex. Construction on the remodel has already begun with demolition work and the construction of the additional building space will start in the coming weeks. “If the weather works with us our hope is to be open in May, 2014”, owner Jerry Thorpe indicated. “We believe the Oakley Plaza will be a place that the kind folks of Oakley will be proud of and will enjoy visiting. We consider ourselves neighbors and we look forward to hiring at least 10 new employees to help our Oakley Ace Hardware serve the community.” The new store will carry boots, clothing, seasonal items, typical hard goods and an equipment rental department.
“Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Rogelstadt bring a lot of experience to the table. Having the experience of expanding their Brentwood store along with purchasing their Antioch and Pittsburg stores, and completely remodeling them, really prepared them for the Oakley Plaza remodel,” stated City of Oakley Economic Coordinator Cecelia Nichols‐Fritzler. “The area Ace Hardware stores that were completely remodeled have continued to serve the Antioch and Pittsburg communities very well and both of those stores have experienced steady growth and we fully expect the same success here in Oakley,” added Fritzler.