Cottonwood Plaza taking shape again

By Deb Murphy

The final landscaping touches are planted, work is going at a furious pace on the new site for Perry’s Café and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff is settled in. The promise of Cottonwood Plaza is taking shape.

cottonwood plaza perrys sign

According to the site agent, Al Amiri, El Pollo Loco is “right on track,” to join the line-up of tenants in the remodeled, updated Plaza. The Mexican restaurant head office is currently looking at the development agreement and will be making the decision on the specific model for the site in the next week or two. The insert for the lollipop sign is visible in the dining area window, waiting to go up.

Value Sports will be relocating from Rocking K to the first floor of the west building sometime after May 1 making downtown Bishop the center of outdoor gear and clothing in the Eastern Sierra.

cottonwood plaza

Cottonwood’s website lured tenants to the Plaza with big numbers of travel-throughs and motel occupancies expanding Bishop’s small population to a potential 255,500 customers annually.

According to Amiri, the management firm is in negotiations with potential tenants for the remaining two spaces on either side of Perry’s Café.

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25 Responses to Cottonwood Plaza taking shape again

  1. Trouble April 22, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Ya Badfinger, sounds like a rock climbers paradise.

  2. Badfinger April 22, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    A PALS Medical Marijuana Dispensary would fit nicely in this mini shopping mall, then we could get medication and then hit Perry’s pizza or EL Pollo Loco, yup I lots of Bishop folk and tourists would stop and spend money in Bishop, giving the local economy a boost

  3. Mono Person April 20, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    Dollars Store could go over where the old KMart used to be. You all should be happy that someone is cleaning up the mall.

  4. Trouble April 19, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

    El Pollo Loco actually has pretty heart healthy food. Killer salsa also.

  5. Al Amiri April 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    Thank you All. We are working hard to make it happen. Thanks for all your support.

  6. Tinner April 19, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    Obviously, we’re all hungry.

  7. ya know April 19, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    We could use a new Baskin Robbins. I was hoping for a Sonic

  8. Trouble April 19, 2016 at 5:03 am #

    I’m still amazed we don’t have a real dollar store or 99 cent store.

    • Bob Loblaw April 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

      You don’t like our friendly neighborhood dollar store?

      • Trouble April 21, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

        I give up, where is our dollar store?

  9. Rick OB April 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    Back in my day, there was an A&W…we’re talking 70’s here !

  10. Really !?!? April 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    More Pizza and Mexican food in bishop, really !?!?! Bishop could use a frozen yogurt shop where the old Baskin and Robins was.

    • Cindy April 19, 2016 at 10:26 am #

      A yogurt shop is going in next to the theater

  11. antoniolupi April 18, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Two words: Woo hoo!

  12. Tinner April 17, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    Too bad we can’t have an IN N OUT Burger, El Pollo Loco is good and all but…

  13. Trouble April 17, 2016 at 4:55 am #

    What? No French fries?

  14. LOWER Owens Resident April 17, 2016 at 4:04 am #

    Go Look in the window at the new Perrys… Wayne from Mojave Heating and Cooling did the most impressive exposed ducting system I have ever seen!

  15. Joe April 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    What is going in where Value Sports used to be? How about a Trader Joes!

    • Trouble April 18, 2016 at 7:12 am #

      Joe, that’s a good question. You need to ask Vons.

    • sugarmagnolia April 18, 2016 at 8:13 am #

      I’m sure they would love to have a Trader Joe’s anchor this center…..Trader Joe’s on the other hand, probably not so much.
      Same with the inevitable In N Out Burger comments….it’s not going to happen people. They have strict policies relating to the distance to their supply locations, since they do not freeze their meat.

      • Pedro April 18, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

        In n out also owns their real estate outright and often buys property years in advance. Ray Kroc of McDonald’s said he was in the real estate business, and IN n Out is smart that way too.

        We’re within range of their distribution center, but I doubt they’re going to do a 400 mile round trip from the Lancaster store for one location. Especially when 395 offers no hope for other stores between Lancaster and Carson City. Bishop/Mammoth may not even be a big enough market anyway.

      • Joe April 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

        Before Trader Joes was in Carson City and Reno, that was true because I did call them. Now that those stores are in, going through Bishop is now feasible. The problem is population. They want a base population of 50,000. I’m trying to convince them that Bishop serves several outlying communities and we have a good flow of tourists traveling through to easily sustain a store. And yes, Vons probably won’t let them in….

      • Lynne April 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm #

        Also, I remember hearing that Bishop’s population was counted as part of the population served in order to get the TJ in Carson City … so that *is* our “local” store …

  16. DAVID K April 16, 2016 at 5:14 am #

    They need another Julie’s Hallmark and Gift Store.

  17. Anna Martini April 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Hope these are open in time for Mule Days!


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