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Smart and Final hiring for new Paso Robles store

Smart and Final hiring for new storeSmart & Final held a job fair for its new Paso Robles store at Cuesta College’s North County campus Thursday. The store has 50 openings available, KSBY reports. The job fair was from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Estrella Career Center. The company plans to open in the former Scolari’s space at 21st and Spring streets, according to a city news release.

Smart & Final tried to open in the former Farmers Alliance building along Riverside Avenue, but in 2006 was denied a permit to knock down part of the landmark pink building, the San Luis Obispo Tribune previously reported. That year, the retailer ended its plans to build a store there because executives said it was too expensive to maintain part of it within the historic guidelines, the article said.

“Now with a lease for the former Scolari’s spot further north, the new store will be called a Smart & Final Extra, an expanded business model that also carries items like produce, dairy, beauty products and diapers,” the Tribune reported.

“Smart & Final Extra stores range in size from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet – a larger footprint than the typical 17,000-square-foot Smart & Final warehouse stores, according to the company’s website,” it said.

The  lease is for 28,000 square feet. That leaved about 8,500 square feet available for other tenants.

Scolari’s announced last April that it would close its supermarkets in Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara after more than 60 years on the Central Coast, the story said.

Local developer Nick Tompkins of San Luis Obispo-based NKT Commercial purchased the properties in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara from Joe Scolari, who did not own the Pismo Beach property, the story said.

There are currently two other Smart & Final locations in San Luis Obispo County: one in San Luis Obispo and another in Arroyo Grande.

Sources: KSBY, San Luis Obispo Tribune

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