FAIRFIELD — The former Walmart building at 300 Chadbourne Road is big enough to handle more than the Specialty Sales Classics car showroom that opened there in 2012.
Now the site is doing double duty. The Specialty Event Center is the newcomer. It hosted the 15th anniversary celebration for Mission Solano on Oct. 4 and is ready to host the Total Home, Garden and Harvest Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Altogether, the old Walmart building has 155,000 square feet of indoor space, a parking lot and lawn area. That leaves plenty of space for the car showroom and a lot more.
The Event Center main room is 50,000 square feet and is separate from the car showroom, said Veronica Thomas, the events coordinator for Specialty Sales Classics. People can take the space and create whatever environment they want for their event, she said.
Walls are black, the floor is a brown wood-type finish and the ceiling white. The room looks big enough to host a large-scale game of tag, if people didn’t have to dodge the support poles.
Thomas said she got inspired by the look at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville.
Plus, there’s the outside. The Specialty Event Center has a parking lot big enough for, naturally enough, a Walmart. There’s a lawn area for outdoor activities.
The Specialty Event Center is so new that last week its owners worked on getting a use permit for the facility so it can host events such as the garden show. The Fairfield Community Development Department conducted an administrative hearing on Wednesday, with planning officials seeing no difficulties.
Thomas talked of hosting such events as trade shows and corporate events.
However, a use permit for events such as concerts might take further work to secure, city officials said. That’s because the old Walmart store was designed under building codes with a certain mercantile use in mind.
People interested in scheduling events at the Specialty Event Center can call Thomas at 344-1286.
For more information, please call 864-1855 or 863-6938.
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