No, Hustler Mega Store not moving to Paso Robles
A false news story reported this week that a Hustler Hollywood Mega Store was set to move into the vacated Orchard Hardware Supply building near Target.
The story was spread around this week by Paso Robles Facebook users. It included a fake image of the front of the OSH building with a banner that says “Hustler Hollywood Coming Soon.” The story reads in part:
Paso Robles, CA – Hustler publisher Larry Flynt’s plan to bring his retail experience to Paso Robles and the north county is drawing concerns from surrounding businesses and others who worry that the area could develop into a “porno district.”
The store has already hung a sign at the 2005 Theatre Drive location which was vacated by OSH back in 2018.
A tag at the bottom of the story says “Satire”, but that didn’t keep over 1,000 Facebook users from sharing, commenting, and complaining about it as though it were real news. One local suggested protesting a city council about the proposal. Others appeared excited at the prospect. Some of the comments included:
“The thought that Paso Robles would even entertain the idea of this retail store is very disappointing. This is not what our community needs, and this is not what Paso Robles is all about.”
“Hell yes!! It’s about time this area gets more adult stores!! Now they need to turn the chili’s into a strip club.”
“Drove by there yesterday…. fake news.”
Paso Robles Community Development Director Warren Frace confirmed, “This not a proposed business in Paso Robles.” The leasing agent of the approx. 46,000-square-foot building, CBRE, also confirmed the story is false.
Reached through Facebook, the anonymous author declined to comment on the post. The author published additional false and satirical stories, including “Oil Drilling to Begin Under Lake Nacimiento” and “Templeton woman sets house on fire trying to kill a spider.”