Seven stores opened in the Enos Ranch West mall in 2022, and expansion will continue as Crumbl Cookies is expected to arrive around September along with Firehouse Subs and Nick the Greek Restaurant by the end of the year.
Almost all of the 15 storefronts are expected to be operational by the end of 2022, according to the developers.
Signs were recently posted for Nick the Greek Souvlaki and Gyro House – a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant that started in San Jose with menu items including gyros, pita and kebabs, among other classic Greek dishes.
James Sanders, executive vice president of Paynter Realty and Investments who oversees development, estimated that between September and November most stores will open.
“It’s a really good addition to the development of Enos Ranch as a whole, and it’s great for the community,” Sanders said. “We are 99% rented, and everyone is getting ready to open before the end of the year.”
Crumbl Cookies, a specialty cookie shop, has announced that its first-ever Central Coast location will open in late August or early September. The store serves extra-large cookies from a weekly rotating menu, ranging from simple chocolate chip cookies to Shark Week-themed gummy cookies. Since its first opening three years ago, Crumbl has opened 300 stores in 36 states. Currently, the closest locations are in Oxnard and Bakersfield.
“Our landlords are thrilled and excited to open this location,” said Julie Packnett, spokesperson for Crumbl. “There will also soon be stores in Pismo Beach and Paso Robles.”
According to Sanders, Firehouse Subs, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Lux Nail Salon and You Break, I Fix Cell Phone Repair should all be open before the end of the year.
At the start of the year, Aldi was the only business operating on the northwest corner of South College Drive and Betteravia Road. In March, Raising Cane’s became the second company in operation. Since then, Chipotle, Boot Barn, Dutch Bros, Guitar Center and Juice It Up! have arrived, with Mattress Firm being the newest to open the 4th of July weekend.
Besides Crumbl Cookies, Firehouse Subs, Guitar Center, Juice It Up! and Raising Cane are all firsts for the Central Coast.
A new 6,000 square foot Pacific Central Coast Health urgent care facility is planned for early next year.
“Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, a service of Dignity Health, is pleased to announce the opening of an urgent care center at Enos Ranch West,” said Dr. Scott Robertson, President and CEO of Pacific Central Coast Health Centers. “The new facility is located on Betteravia Road, adjacent to the new Enos Ranch Mall, and will provide a more accessible location in Santa Maria’s busiest commercial area.”
The larger 120-acre Enos Ranch area has continued to grow since the city created a development plan for the area in 2016.
Along with commercial development at Enos Ranch West and Enos Ranch proper, located east of College Drive, the area has seen high density apartment buildings and a new elementary school.
The 318-unit Azure Apartments opened in September 2020. The resort includes two dog parks, a swimming pool, and basketball courts, among other amenities, and offers a range of units from studios to three bedrooms.
Bill Libbon Elementary School, located next to Azure, was included in the original Enos Ranch development plan and construction was completed before the 2020 school year. Due to the pandemic, 2021 was the first school year in person and saw an enrollment of nearly 500 students.
The biggest upcoming addition to the Enos Ranch area is the 6.2-acre Enos Ranch Park and Japanese Cultural Center, which is in Phase 2 of construction. The city’s recreation and parks department has set aside $7 million in the city’s budget over the next two years to complete the project.
The Enos-Smith House, a central feature of the park and center, was completed in 1871 and moved from its original home via the Betteravia Road and Highway 101 interchange in 2016. Interior renovations to restore the house are already underway .