Tracy City Manager Leon Churchill revealed what those residents said they wanted at the regular meeting of the City Council on Feb. 18. Not only was dining an individual category, but residents also wrote it in as an entertainment desire.
“The survey affirmed the feedback we get anecdotally on a regular basis,” Churchill said in an interview Friday. “We know that there are dining preferences and it is brand driven.”
The city manager confirmed that No. 8 on the list of 10 restaurants residents asked for most, Red Robin, was already slated to come to Tracy. Red Robin will demolish the former Chevy’s restaurant at the West Valley Mall, 2770 N. Naglee Road, and build a new restaurant on the site by this summer.
“If you go back even a few years, we had previous research that showed that we had dining and entertainment leakage in Tracy. Meaning people from Tracy were spending their dollars elsewhere for dining and entertainment,” Churchill said. “The influx of dining, it’s been a pretty good clip lately. You have downtown, you have Five Guys, now you have Red Robin.”
The survey results also included information about where Tracy residents like to go for fun. Movie theaters, theme parks, miniature golf courses, water parks and restaurants were the top five favorite places residents wanted to spend their leisure money.
“All we can say at this point is that some of those — well, some are kind of obvious, you know we’re working on a swim center,” Churchill said. “Some are on their way, and we’re in discussion with others.”
The city sent out 24,000 surveys and got back about 5.4 percent. Churchill said that number represents a statistically good sample of the entire city.
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