Nipomo, Calif. – The long-planned new Nipomo Mall is now open for business, bringing more shopping and traffic to the busy downtown area.
Located near the intersection of S. Frontage Road, Teaf Street and Highway 101, the shopping center features four new businesses.
Earlier this month, Tractor Supply Company and O’Reilly Automobile Parts opened their doors. Grocery Outlet Bargain Market opens tomorrow, while Wendy’s is still under construction.
Also at the beginning of this month, Dutch Bros., which is not part of the new shopping center, but is located next to the property in the former location of the Little Joko restaurant, opened two weeks ago.
The mall is located on the site of the former Nipomo Recreation Center, which burned down in 2008.
After that, the abandoned property became the site of a temporary skateboard park. The park will be demolished in April 2021 to make way for the construction of the new mall.
The new stores will bring more shopping choices to the growing community, while also creating more congestion on S. Frontage Road, which has been plagued by traffic issues for years.
San Luis Obispo County has been working on easing traffic problems on Teff Street and other nearby roads for the past several years.
Last year, the county completed a major road improvement project that widened both freeway lanes. In addition, the timing of the stop lights on Tuff Street has changed, and left turns from S. Frontage Road have been restricted.
An opening date for the new Wendy’s restaurant has not been announced.