New apartments, shopping centers and homes are being built in Merced.

Merced growing with new shopping centers, apartments & revitalization



The sounds of construction are filling the city of Merced.


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“We’ve seen over 700 new homes built last year and almost two million of new development, that’s quite a bit for the community,” said Scott McBride, development director of Merced.

Officials acknowledge the city is experiencing a building boom, even in the pandemic.

In downtown alone, there are four projects, such as the El Capitan Hotel and Bitwise building.

“If you looked at the map, it’s something happening pretty much on every corner of the city. All types, whether it be commercial, residential, multi-family, Industrial. We are seeing development across the board,” McBride said.

Near Highway 99 off Campus Parkway and Coffee, major growth is happening. The Gateway Marketplace is starting to take

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Eighteen stores in the Stanford Shopping Center were fined for violating Santa Clara County COVID-19 health orders over the Black Friday weekend, according to county documents obtained by the Weekly.

Violators included various types of businesses at the major shopping hub on El Camino Real, including the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant and Pinkberry, a frozen yogurt shop. But most stores that were fined in late November were retailers, such as Crate & Barrel, Peloton, Bath & Body Works and Tesla’s showroom.

A representative for Stanford Shopping Center declined to comment for this story, and the county’s public health inspector did not respond to interview requests. The violation documents were requested by the Palo Alto Weekly in early December and received from the county in early January.

The violation notices came after the county had already warned in a press release that enforcement would increase during the holiday shopping season.


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YouTube might soon introduce shopping links within videos. The video streaming platform is experimenting with embedding links inside videos which it claims will help seller as well as viewers.

Currently, the platform uses links in the form of cards and banners in order to help creators interact with the audience and provide relevant references through other YouTube videos.

The introduction of shopping links with further YouTube’s ability to provide direct access to shopping material.

According to a report by Engadget, a few viewers on YouTube have claimed to have spotted a shopping bag icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. Tapping on this icon then list the items featured in the videos.

The report suggests that only a select few creators are part of the pilot program to access direct shopping links within a YouTube video. The pilot program is currently showing up for US YouTube viewers on

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Mobi is a smart shopping cart concept by designers Park Chan Woo, Choi Chan Young, and Lee Eun Ji, from Seoul, Korea. It actually dates back to the summer of 2019, which only feels like an eternity because of the many nasty developments of 2020. The reason it’s getting increased media attention these days because it seems to be the solution to the aforementioned problem.

Mobi is smart, compact, and highly efficient. Using AI and a myriad of sensors, it would be able to follow shoppers around the supermarket or mart, take them to the location of their interest, help them check off items on their list, and facilitate payment. Mobi would be, should it ever be made (fingers crossed), the shopping buddy we always wanted but could only dream about.

The idea for this smart shopping cart started from the designers’ realization that part of the fun of shopping

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