Bootmaker Tecovas opens first California store in Rancho Cucamonga – Press Enterprise

The Austin-based bootmaker Tecovas is venturing West to California, opening its first store in the state on Friday, Jan. 27 at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.

The boots and Western wear retailer is taking a 4,000-square-foot spot between Apple and Starbucks on the southern side of the mall, closest to Macy’s and Versailles Street.

  • Paul Hedrick is the founder and chief executive of Austin-based Tecovas. The Western outfitter is opening its first retail location in California in Rancho Cucamonga. The retailer’s boots are handmade in León, Mexico. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

  • Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California...

    Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California in Rancho Cucamonga. The retailer’s boots are handmade in León, Mexico. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

  • Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California...

    Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

  • Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California...

    Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California in Rancho Cucamonga. The retailer’s boots range in price from $325 all the way to $545. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

  • Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California...

    Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California on Jan. 27 in Rancho Cucamonga. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

  • Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California...

    Austin-based Tecovas is opening its first retail location in California in Rancho Cucamonga. The retailer’s boots are handmade in León, Mexico. (Courtesy of Tecovas)

The company founded in 2015 by Paul Hedrick designs its Western boots in Austin and they’re made by hand one of León, Mexico’s oldest bootmaking factories, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The company is named after the Tecovas Formation in west Texas. The geographical feature in the Palo Duro Canyon is known for its red cliffs and is one of the biggest in the U.S.

Boot prices range from $235 up to $545.

The Rancho Cucamonga store is the company’s 26th and part of a swift expansion for Tecovas. Launched as an online-only concept, Tecovas opened its first physical store in March 2019 in Austin, and by late 2022, it had opened more in Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

The company secured $56 million in Series C funding led by Elephant in January 2022 in order to expand the brand nationwide.

“This latest funding will allow us to scale our vision and welcome even more customers to the brand,” Hedrick said at the time. “We’ve seen rapid growth since Tecovas’ launch in 2015, and we plan to use the proceeds from this round of funding to continue on that trajectory, investing significantly in hiring, expanding our retail footprint, buying more inventory, and launching many new products.”

The stores sell an assortment of cowboy boots, bags apparel and accessories. Boot styles are made with bison, calf or cowhide, lizard, alligator and ostrich skins.

Shoppers also can personalize purchases with free custom leather debossing (imprints), free boot shines (no matter who makes their boots, company reps say) and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Phone: 909-406-8464

The Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley is for sale, seeking $17 million. The travel center on 11.50 acres includes 12 fueling lanes, a drive-thru Wendy's, Cinnabon, convenience store, a Western Union, 107 truck parking spots and 48 reserved parking spots and nine on-site showers. (Courtesy of RealSource)The Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley is for sale, seeking $17 million. The travel center on 11.50 acres includes 12 fueling lanes, a drive-thru Wendy’s, Cinnabon, convenience store, a Western Union, 107 truck parking spots and 48 reserved parking spots and nine on-site showers. (Courtesy of RealSource)

Flying J travel center lists for $17M

It’s not every day you get to list a gas station for sale, at least one that might fetch $17 million.

RealSource in Newport Beach has been chosen to list the Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Jurupa Valley. The asking price? $17,187,000.

Of course, this gas station is much more than pumps and a soda stand. The 15,500-square-foot travel center and fuel lanes sit on 11.50 acres.

“The property has multiple income streams, including 12 fueling lanes, a drive-thru Wendy’s, Cinnabon, PJ Fresh Marketplace convenience store, a Western Union, 107 truck parking spots plus 48 reserved parking spots, two ATMs, CAT-certified scales and nine on-site showers,” said Austin Blodgett, RealSource Group’s senior vice president of investment sales.

Blodgett called the Pilot travel center ” the ultimate generational investment.”

“For someone looking for long-term security with some huge, future upside, this is the property to have in your portfolio,” he said.

Birtcher Development in Newport Beach has secured entitlements for the 330,048-square-foot Birtcher Logistics Center in Fontana. (Rendering courtesy of Birtcher Development)Birtcher Development in Newport Beach has secured entitlements for the 330,048-square-foot Birtcher Logistics Center in Fontana. (Rendering courtesy of Birtcher Development)

Birtcher gets OK for Fontana logistics center

Newport Beach-based Birtcher Development, an industrial real estate development firm, has secured entitlements for the 330,048-square-foot Birtcher Logistics Center in Fontana.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2024, the firm said.

The distribution facility at the southwest corner of Banana and Santa Ana avenues will have about 10,000 square feet of office space, a truck court and 85 trailer parking stalls.

Core5 Industrial Partners and Irvine-based MBK Industrial Properties have begun work on Arrow Business Center, a 49,291-square-foot Class A industrial building in Rancho Cucamonga. (Courtesy of MBK Industrial Properties)Core5 Industrial Partners and Irvine-based MBK Industrial Properties have begun work on Arrow Business Center, a 49,291-square-foot Class A industrial building in Rancho Cucamonga. (Courtesy of MBK Industrial Properties)

MBK, Core5 partner on Inland Empire warehouse

More development news from the Inland Empire as MBK Industrial Properties in Irvine partners with Core5 Industrial Partners in Atlanta to build Arrow Business Center, a Class A industrial building in Rancho Cucamonga.

The 49,291-square-foot warehouse facility should be completed by September 2023.

“This project stands out for many reasons, especially because of how rare the opportunity is to find a prime infill location like this in a high-demand submarket that has seen an extensive amount of development over the last decade,” said Jon Kelly, vice president for Development at Core5.

In addition to Arrow Business Center, Core5 and MBK also have a joint venture in San Antonio, Texas.

Wells Fargo grant will help guide small businesses

A $65,000 Wells Fargo grant will help small businesses in the region with guidance from Cal State San Bernardino’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship will help minority-owned small businesses in the Inland Empire.

The IECE program’s goal is to help at least 150 small business owners with help from staff, faculty and funding support at the center. Business assistance programs are hosted at the Small Business Development Center and Women’s Business Center.

  • Liyah Bevins is among a dozen honorees of the San...

    Liyah Bevins is among a dozen honorees of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation’s 30th annual Black Rose Awards. She is one of two winners in the Margaret Hills Black Rose Inspiration Young Adults category. (Courtesy of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation)

  • Principe Ogidikpe is among a dozen honorees of the San...

    Principe Ogidikpe is among a dozen honorees of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation’s 30th annual Black Rose Awards. He is one of two winners in the Margaret Hills Black Rose Inspiration Young Adults category. (Courtesy of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation)

Black Rose ‘young adult’ honorees named

Liyah Bevins and Principe Ogidikpe are among a dozen honorees of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation’s 30th annual Black Rose Awards.

They won in the Margaret Hills Black Rose Inspiration Young Adults category.

Bevins, a psychology major at California Baptist University in Riverside, wants to be a teacher to parents of children with mental health issues. Ogidikpe earned a bachelor’s degree in biological psychology with a minor in communications at Cal State San Bernardino. A native of Nigeria, he moved to the U.S. in 2010 and works as a district representative for Eloise Gomez Reyes, the California Assembly’s majority leader from the 47th Assembly District.

Bevins and Ogidikpe will be honored with 10 other awardees at a banquet on Feb. 4 at the Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union.

The business briefs are compiled and edited by Business Editor Samantha Gowen. Submit items to sgowen@scng.com. High-resolution images also can be submitted. Allow at least one week for publication. Items are edited for length and clarity.

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