BUSINESS: New Jobs; Help Local Biz

Predator's Archery

Performance Food Group, a distributor and processor of fresh-cut produce throughout the United States has proposed a 241,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility with office space on 30 acres at 5480 Monterey Road, south of the Garlic Farm rest stop. The company would relocate Performance Food Group’s current location in Santa Cruz.
The application was submitted to the city in October, 2016. According to city staff, the project consists of an architectural and site review application, which has been deemed complete for processing and the environmental analysis is also underway. Staff are working on completing the land use process by the end of June, and the applicant can pull building permits soon after.
The company will hire as many as 190 workers in its first phase. Corporate headquarters in Virginia said they could not discuss details at this time.
Ready to Jump?
One thing Gilroy has in short supply is affordable places for kids’ activities. The new trampoline park called Rockin’ Jump at 8787 San Ysidro Ave. looks like a big help. Kids and grownups can jump on a room of trampolines for $15 for an hour; $20 for 90 minutes and $25 for two hours—with an additional $3 to rent special socks. There is a room for trampoline dodgeball, a climbing wall, an extreme games competition room, a giant foam pit and trampoline basketball.
The Pleasanton-based chain has 40 franchises open and another 50 in development. There is a franchise fee of $50,000 to buy in and initial expenses of $1.1-$2.5 million to develop a franchise, according to the company’s website. Add to that a corporate fee of 6 percent of gross paid to the parent company, 1 percent for national advertising and 5 percent for local advertising.
This is no fly-by-night operation, but looks like a great place to practice flying.
Hit the Target
Predator’s Archery has entered a contest for a FedEx small business grant and needs your votes. Top prize is $25,000 and there are 10 smaller grants. You can vote through its website at
The downtown Gilroy marksman’s shop was founded in 1993 by Curtis Campisi and Mike Pierce. According to its grant application, “The mission of Predator’s is to provide a professional archery shop where new and seasoned archers can get the best individual and personalized service. We try to have the archery products and information you need to take your archery to the next level. Predator’s is very involved in the archery community as well as an established anchor store for the Gilroy Downtown District.
“We are in the process of expanding our archery range. The larger range will allow us to better serve our customers with lessons and recreation. Increased recreational opportunities will increase traffic flow to our business as well as increase traffic flow to our neighboring business in our small downtown. The range will also allow us to better serve our community with opportunities for scout, youth, and church groups to participate. We also provide lessons through the City and corporate events.”
You can cast one vote every 24 hours. They got 250 votes in the first 24 hours. Voting ends April 5. Come on, Gilroy. Help our locals.
Get Healthy
The Mt. Madonna YMCA opened its Wellness Studio March 22 offering group exercise classes for adults and children.
New Bank VP
Rabobank N.A. recently named Djuna (DJ) Muñiz vice president and branch manager for its Gilroy location at 805 First St. In her new role, Muñiz manages daily operations and personal and business lending activities at the branch.
Muñiz brings almost 20 years of banking and financial services experience to the position. Previously, she was branch manager for Rabobank’s King City branch. Prior to joining Rabobank, Muñiz held various positions with former Community Bank and Bank of Salinas. She also owned and operated her own gym in King City for six years.
An active member of the community, Muñiz is treasurer for the King City Rotary Club, board member of the Mee Memorial Hospital Foundation, a bookkeeper for various nonprofit organizations and involved in the King City Chamber of Commerce.