Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Driving U.S. 101 through Crescent City, it’s hard not to notice a significant amount of construction happening at some local buildings in the business district. New City Manager Eric Wier said Monday that while he could not disclose specific details about some projects since the owners had not yet applied for business permits.

“At this point they’re just tenant improvements,” he said.

One big project

The former Rays Food Place building at 625 M Street, soon to be the home of Tractor Supply Co., is cordoned off to local traffic so that construction in the parking lot can occur. The lot has been sealed and foliage has been added to medians.

According to media representative Grace Stewart, the store is expected to open June 30 with a four-day grand opening event. She said the company carefully chooses prospective locations for new stores and felt Crescent City was a perfect fit.

“Tractor Supply will serve as a one-stop shop for the Crescent City community’s farmers, livestock and pet owners, ranchers, part-time and hobby farmers, gardeners, homeowners, tradesmen and others,” she said.

The store manager will be Doug Brooks. According to Stewart, the store also plans to support local animal adoption services , 4-H and Future Farmers of America groups and even the county fair.

As of March 31, the Company operated 1,700 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at

Rebuilding, reopening

Just over a year after it burned, Johnston’s Cabinetry should be reopening in a newly constructed building with new equipment. Owner Mike Johnston said construction of the new building has been going on since the beginning of the year and he expects to reopen sometime in July.

Located at the corner of Lake Earl Drive and Standard Veneer Road, the new building is 1,200 square feet larger, for a total area of 4,500 square feet, Johnston said. Currently, drywall is being installed inside.

Johnston has been in business building custom cabinets and some furniture items for 29 years, minus the year after the fire. Johnston and his son are the only employees.

He said he plans to have a grand-reopening when construction is complete.

South of the S-curves, on both sides of Perlita’s Mexican Restaurant, crews have been working on two buildings for the past couple weeks. One now has new siding roofing, a drive-up awning, and parking lot work. More details about the projects were not available by press time but a follow-up story is pending.

Other construction and renovation projects are happening in the business locations around Crescent City. If you have such a project in the works, give us a call at 707-464-2141.