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McHenry Village: A Tradition since 1953 

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Looking for a unique shopping experience? In these days of big box stores and self-checkout lines, the merchants of McHenry Village take pride in providing personalized customer service. It’s been a tradition for over six decades.

The boutique-style open-air shopping center at 1700 McHenry Avenue is one of the oldest on the west coast. Legions of loyal shoppers enjoy its special blend of service, selection, and style. Each year, the Village marks its anniversary with a special after-hours celebration, the Taste of McHenry Village, which showcases the center’s retailers and restaurants, and offers patrons the opportunity to stroll through the garden-like setting, enjoy an evening of fine food and live entertainment, and sample the services offered by some of the area’s best independent retailers.

“This used to be the edge of town. It was way out in the country. Now it’s the busiest intersection in Modesto,” says General Manager Robert Fleischer of Standard Management Company, the management company of McHenry Village. “The trees, the grounds, the landscaping, the parking convenience, the restaurants, and the personal relationships make it a pleasant experience. Generation after generation has shopped here.”

McHenry Village, located on the southeast corner of McHenry and Briggsmore Avenues, sits on 19 acres that was previously a ranch. The grand opening, on October 15, 1953, marked a milestone in Modesto’s history.

Farmland surrounded the sparkling new shopping center. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Modesto’s population hovered around 21,000. New homes were priced below $10,000 dollars. McHenry Avenue was a dusty two-lane road when business began with nearly 25 shops and service providers offering their wares in an elegant, outdoor atmosphere. McHenry Village was the only shopping center in town.

Over the years, McHenry Village has been renovated, upgraded, and expanded from the original two structures to eight buildings. The charming open-air center is peppered with boutiques, specialty stores, jewelers, restaurants, and salons. Ninety-five percent of the retailers are locally owned and operated establishments. “It’s where they need to be because it’s where their customers are,” notes Fleischer. “Shop at one merchant and dozens of others.”

It is the premium location for the independent retailer in Modesto. Way back when, it was on the outskirts of town. Now, it is literally centrally located. For over 60 years, the landmark location has attracted Stanislaus County shoppers with distinctive merchandise, a diverse choice of restaurants, and special events. Car, boat, and art shows, bridal events, and Christmas at the Village draw patrons to the busy shopping center. Shoppers seek that special McHenry Village mix of superior service and selection.

McHenry Village continues to grow with new businesses and as many of you may have noticed there is a huge new digital reader board on McHenry Avenue at the main entrance. McHenry Village is now celebrating the holidays and is the perfect place to shop and dine. Personal gifts for everyone on your shopping list. For more information and Santa’s hours visit mchenryvillage.com.
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