Turnover on Stockton’s Pacific Avenue brings new shopping, dining

Stocktonians have a multitude of new dining and shopping experiences to explore along Pacific Avenue in 2022.

The pandemic has transformed local business, pushing some business owners into closure while inspiring others to pursue a new venture. At the same time, some generations-old establishments are disappearing as their owners retire.

The upshot: the departure of a few beloved mainstays — and the debut of some new and exciting shops — on Pacific.

Lincoln Center

Owner Peter J. Pijl prepares food at Payter's Grill in Lincoln Center in Stockton.

Perhaps the most significant closure at Lincoln Center this year was Payters Grill, a fast-casual dining staple that welcomed both newcomers and beloved regulars for more than 40 years. Owner Peter Pijl, 71, closed the restaurant to focus on his teaching career.

Payters’ closure made way for Heirloom Kitchen: a locally-sourced, family-owned eatery serving breakfast and brunch staples including waffles, biscuits and gravy, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Another new addition to Lincoln Center is Crumbl Cookies, a Utah-based bakery chain that serves a rotating menu of cookies each week. The Lincoln Center location, owned by a group of siblings and native Stocktonians, opened in September.

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Stonecreek Village

Work continues on 2 buildings on the site of the former Mimi's Cafe in the Stone Creek Village shopping center at Pacific Avenue and Robinhood Drive in Stockton.

Two new buildings, including Aspen Dental, are under construction in Stonecreek Village at the corner of Pacific and Robinhood Drive, permits show. The lot was left vacant when the French-inspired Mimi’s Cafe closed with little explanation in 2018 and was later demolished.

Sherwood Mall

Sherwood Mall will undergo renovations in 2022 that will transform the center into “an outdoor-oriented shopping experience,” owners announced this month

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