Rendering shows the C Street location of F&M Bank’s proposed new façade. The bank will be joined by Starbucks Coffee, giving the coffee house a second location in Galt.

Galt housing industry has increased dramatically over the past few months, and now new businesses are also on the rise in numbers. Economic Development Manager Amie Mendes says she expects this trend to continue.

“There has been an increase in activity on the retail front, which I anticipate will continue with the expansion of residential development in Galt,” Mendes said. “Rooftops drive retail, and we need the additional residents in order to attract the soft goods users and fast casual/sit down restaurants to Galt. We are actively reaching out to commercial developers and brokers, as well as retail representatives in an effort to market the community, but again it comes down to the critical mass of people for a retailer to be comfortable siting a new location.”

Soon Farmers & Merchants customers will be able to sip on their brew while doing their banking. The F&M Bank on C Street is expected to host another Starbuck’s, complete with drive-up windows.

According to Galt Interim City Manager Tom Haglund, the F&M Bank received design review approval for a complete exterior redesign to update the building façade and to accommodate a Starbucks drive-thru coffee shop at its C Street location.

F&M Bank will retain 3,532+ square feet of the 5,642-square-foot building.

Starbucks, located on the east side of the building, will encompass 2,110+ square feet. The site will be modified to include two drive thru lanes with Starbucks occupying the inside lane.

Other site improvements include new landscaping, a new trash enclosure, and outdoor seating area for Starbucks. Interior improvements call for a modernization of F&M Bank and tenant improvement for Starbucks. The next steps for F&M Bank will be submittal of a building permit for construction.

And more coffee is coming to Galt with Dutch Bros planning to open a west side location. Although not a done deal, Mendes said the city continues to stay in contact with the property owner regarding the project.

Mendes said renovations on the Royal Delta should soon be complete and owner Ray Patel hopes to open the doors to the Days Inn in the next few months. Patel has also submitted plans for the 82-room La Quinta Inn & Suites that will be adjacent to the Days Inn project.

Most of us have watched the work being done on the northeast corner of C Street and Lincoln Way on the soon to open Papas & Wings.

More businesses will be moving into Old Town with Back Alley Brewhouse now under construction at 215 Fourth Street. Beer lovers can choose an outdoor venue in a “beer garden” or inside for enjoying craft brews.

Parents will have a fun place to take their kiddos when the Little Farmhouse Party and Play opens at 215 Fourth Street. Children 8 and under will enjoy fun events and parents can reserve the venue for birthday parties and special occasions. Mendes said they hope to open sometime in June.