Street Scene prepares for move

Bill Bray, owner of Street Scene, organizes a recent shipment of truck parts Wednesday during one of the business' final days on Main Street. It is moving to 27 First St. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

Major retail project planned for Main Street

WATSONVILLE — Street Scene’s last day on Main Street is Feb. 1 before it moves to downtown, making way for a major retail project at one of the city’s busiest intersections.

Street Scene, which offers aftermarket parts for cars, trucks and trailers, as well as provides installation services, has been located on Main Street for 19 years. It will move to 27 First St. and have a soft opening on Monday. Owner Bill Bray expects it to be fully up and running later in February.

Bray said that although business has slowed during the transition period, it will continue to receive shipments of new parts at the Main Street address, and has a number of installation jobs lined up through the end of Feb. 1.

“Everybody’s been really positive,” he said.

Santa Cruz Seaside Company, which owns the property, is looking to construct three buildings that add up to roughly 15,000 square feet of space, featuring restaurants and other retail establishments.

The property, at 975-1075 Main St., is also home to JV Towing and Eclipse Window Tint. Mi Ranchito Supermercado and Taqueria Mundial have recently vacated the three-acre property, and their former buildings are boarded up as they prepare to be demolished.

In an earlier interview, Karl Rice, president of the Santa Cruz Seaside Company, estimated construction could begin at the end of 2019.

Bray said he appreciated being informed of the Santa Cruz Seaside Company’s plans throughout the process, allowing him time to find another location.

“They told us this was coming far in advance,” he said.


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