SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Business is booming in Santa Maria as folks flocked to the Enos Ranch Shopping Center this weekend.
Old Navy is officially open for business and Santa Maria residents are excited to see big name stores filling the vacant storefronts off Betteravia. The store held a soft opening on January 24th,
Santa Maria Spokesperson Mark Van de Kamp says all of these new stores and businesses are creating several hundred jobs.
He adds that sales tax is the life blood of the local economy, and from the sounds of it, local shoppers are doing their part to help boost revenue.
"It's about time that Santa Maria starts experiencing some of the bigger box stores coming down and giving a little competition to the existing stores right now," said Christopher Azevedo.
"More jobs is always good, more selection of places to shop and eat is always good too," said Christopher's wife Darlene.
"I think we need a variety of new stores coming into town and business for everyone," said Monica Miller, who agreed that Santa Maria could use the local economic boost.
According to Paynter Realty and Investments, Ulta, Home Goods and Dicks Sporting Goods are set to open by late March.
Van de Kamp says Chick-Fil-A, Kirkland's Home Decor, Petco, Habit Burger and Carter's/Oshkosh B'Gosh will open later this year. Down the road, Van de Kamp says part of the 113-acre development will include a city park, an elementary school and a car dealership.