OAKLEY -- Council members have approved a bid on land from a retailer that wants to build a store specializing in work clothes.
The City Council on Monday accepted East Bay Work Wear's offer of $170,000 on an area in the Neroly Commercial Center, where the Concord-based business plans to expand its reach by building a 6,000-square-foot store that it will share with tenants.
The land comprises the southern portion of a 4.6-acre parcel that stretches around Diamond Hills Sports Club & Spa at Neroly Road and Empire Avenue.
East Bay Work Wear, which was the only bidder on the city-owned property, will occupy about 4,000 square feet of the building and rent the remaining space.
With the purchase, the city will create a separate parcel for business owners Glenn and Robin Moffatt. The remaining land will remain vacant and available to other buyers.
Robin Moffatt says she and her husband initially were looking for a site in Brentwood but redirected their search because of land prices there.
Although Neroly Road isn't as heavily trafficked as Lone Tree Way, Moffatt thinks that once word of the store's location spreads, shoppers will come.
"It's a little unusual of a spot, but I think it will do well," she said, noting that it won't have to rely on its proximity to other stores to attract business because it will draw those looking for its specialized inventory.
Most of the clothing and accessories that East Bay Work Wear sells is geared for those with outdoor jobs -- shorts, pants and jackets as well as safety equipment, boots, gloves, hats and belts.
Development of the parcel is expected to generate about $10,000 more in annual property tax revenue for the city as well as additional income from sales tax.
Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.