Business booms for expanding Clovis preschool
The Brighten Academy Preschool is expanding, building an identical structure next to its original location near Fowler and Ashlan avenues in Clovis.
The preschool, which opened 31/2 years ago, had a waiting list of nearly 400 people last year. Owner Kristin Peterson decided it was time to expand.
The new building will have the same floor plan as the original. It will feature four preschool rooms, an infant room and a private kindergarten.
Peterson attributes the preschool’s popularity to its academic focus. The classes teach children things they should know by the end of kindergarten.
And being in a growing part of town with lots of families is driving enrollment, too.
“It’s a recession-proof industry,” Peterson said. “Everyone continues to build their family.”
The new building will open Aug. 20, and the business is in the process of hiring 12 additional workers.
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Manchester Center added four new businesses in the last month.
Sugar Sugar sells dresses for proms, quinceañeras and other occasions.
Goodfella’s Coffee and Elijahs Barbershop have opened.
The center’s general manager, Mo Bagunu, said he has three or four as-yet unnamed companies interested in taking over the former Gottschalks space.
Deli Delicious also has moved in next to Starbucks and Panda Express in front of the movie theater.
All Star Garage Door Inc. has opened a Fresno location.
The company, started by a handful of Fresno natives now based in Los Angeles, started doing business here, too.
The business sells its doors to home builders and licensed contractors who install doors. It also sells to the general public from its warehouse at 5629 E. Westover Ave. All Star also installs, repairs and services garage doors.
The partners in the business, including president Steven Zahigian, Travis Caves, and brothers Ryan and Kevin Salinas, all graduated from Bullard High School. Kevin Salinas manages the Fresno division.
The Fresno Bee