The Lompoc Shopping Center is set for a busy next couple of months as three national retailers move closer to opening for business in the Vons-anchored strip mall.

Retail stores Five Below, Ulta Beauty and Famous Footwear are all preparing to officially enter the Lompoc market in the coming months, with Five Below proactively seeking out a local workforce.

Specific dates have not been announced for each stores’ opening, but Five Below is expected to begin operation in March, and Ulta Beauty and Famous Footwear are targeting an April launch, according to a city of Lompoc spokeswoman.

Each of the stores will occupy spaces, which have been extensively renovated over the past few months, in the shopping center located in the 700 block of North H Street.

Five Below, a discount store that sells products that cost $5 or less, has signs on the construction fencing near its soon-to-be entrance announcing that it is now hiring for employees. One of the signs notes that it began holding a “hiring event” with “on the spot interviews” on Thursday. Those interview opportunities will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through Sunday, Feb. 10, and then again from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Anyone seeking further information about hiring is encouraged to call the Five Below store in Santa Maria at 805-345-3387.

Five Below, headquartered in Philadelphia with more than 700 locations, describes itself on its website as “a rapidly growing specialty value retailer offering a broad range of trend-right, high-quality merchandise targeted at the teen and pre-teen customer.”

Famous Footwear, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, sells discounted shoes and has more than 1,000 locations across the country, according to its website.

Ulta Beauty, which specializes in cosmetics, skin care, fragrance and hair care products, will take up the largest space of the three new tenants when it opens in the storefront formerly occupied by Staples. The business, headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, with more than 1,100 stores in the U.S., also offers salon services, according to its website.

The new openings will mark the most significant changes at the Lompoc Shopping Center since Pier 1 Imports closed its doors in February 2016 and Staples exited the market in March 2018. In between those moves, Harbor Freight opened in the strip mall in late 2016.

Each of the new businesses revealed their intentions to open up shop in Lompoc last year.

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Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.



Willis Jacobson covers news and other issues, primarily those that affect the Lompoc Valley and Vandenberg Air Force Base, for Lee Central Coast News. He is a graduate of The University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.