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Here’s what to expect at the Merced Mall in 2024

Editor’s note: The following CVJC story about updates at the Merced Mall was released in December before Christmas. By VICTOR A. PATTON CV Journalism Collaborative Although the Christmas season inevitably brings a flurry of shopping activity to the Merced Mall, 2023 will ultimately end without the gift that local residents…

Olive Garden Finally Opens At Merced Mall

By MIKE BIDDESON Merced has been salivating for months anticipating the opening of the new Olive Garden restaurant on Olive Avenue near the end of the Merced Mall. The Italian-American food chain opened its doors to flocks of would-be diners on Monday of this week. We arrived well after the noon hour to find great numbers of…

Merced Mall barber still going strong after 50 years

For more than 50 years, Cel Pelayo of Merced has been cutting hair at a barber shop on the Merced Mall. The shop has been open seven days a week for much of that time, and Pelayo is no stranger to long hours. Still Pelayo, 77, has no regrets about following a tonsorial career and intends to keep going for quite a while but he's not…