15 SLO County businesses that closed in 2015

San Luis Obispo County residents said goodbye to a number of businesses in 2015.

The reasons for the closings varied from a lack of customers to owner retirements.

Here’s a look back at 15 businesses that closed their doors:

No. 1: The Girls Restaurant


After 42 years in business, The Girls Restaurant in Arroyo Grande closed in August, citing a huge rent increase as the key reason. Owners Scott and Cindy Harrigan said they tried to negotiate with the property manager, who nearly tripled their rent as part of a remodel of the shopping center at East Grand Avenue and South Elm Street. They considered moving from their current 4,600-square-foot building at 1237 E. Grand Ave. to another building in the shopping center but were unable to reach an agreement, they said. They also looked at other locations for the restaurant; however, they couldn’t find a building large enough, and outfitted for a restaurant, on short notice. Read more about The Girls Restaurant’s closure »

No. 2: Haggen


In December 2014, Pacific Northwest-based Haggen bought 146 Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores, including 83 in California, after the Federal Trade Commission ordered Albertsons and Safeway to sell the stores in light of their merger. The purchase included six locations in San Luis Obispo County. Haggen had an embattled tenure in Southern California, where competition was tight and the chain was hammered with complaints of higher prices and layoffs. The company announced in August that it would close its Los Osos store. In September, it announced it would close the remaining five stores in the county. Read more about Haggen’s closure »

No. 3: Crazy Jays


Crazy Jays women’s clothing store in downtown San Luis Obispo closed after 21 years at its current location. Owners Jay and Joann Huebner decided to close the business after determining the brand needed to be refreshed and a large remodel to the building was necessary. Jay Huebner said those changes would be a large investment for someone thinking about retirement. “We’ve had an extraordinary run in that building with Crazy Jays,” he said. “I absolutely love the business.” Read more about Crazy Jays’ closure »

No. 4: Pan Jewelers

Pan Jewelers

Pan Jewelers, a fine jewelry store located in downtown Paso Robles, is closing its doors after more than 40 years. Owners Nick and Pat Sherwin are looking to retire after establishing the business in 1973, according to a company news release. The store is located at 1224 Pine St., where the business moved after its previous location on the corner of 12th and Pine streets was badly damaged in the San Simeon Earthquake in December 2003. Read more about Pan Jewelers’ closure »

No. 5: Bali’s

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Bali’s Yogurt on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo. The Tribune

Bali’s Self Serve Frozen Yogurt in downtown San Luis Obispo closed its doors in October after nearly 25 years in business. The store, which sold frozen yogurt and toppings priced by the ounce, posted a sign in the window announcing its closure. “We are retiring earlier than we had planned,” the owners wrote, noting that “San Luis does not need four yogurt shops in the same area.” Read more about Bali’s closure »

No. 6: Monterey St. Wine Co.

Monterey Street Wine Co. was located at 1255 Monterey St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. The Tribune

Monterey Street Wine Co. of San Luis Obispo closed in September, according to an email that the owners sent to longtime patrons. “We have enjoyed the conversation and enthusiasm you brought to the shop but economics have not worked out,” according to Donna Wolfe, who thanked her loyal employees, friends and customers on behalf of herself and John Stipicevich. The wine shop, at 1255 Monterey St., Suite A, had been in business for at least 10 years. Read more about Monterey Street Wine Co.’s closure »

No. 7: Basque Café


The Basque Café at 249 10th St. in San Miguel (just off the 10th Street exit on Highway 101) closed in November. Dallas and Karen Holt served Spanish Basque food at the restaurant for 15 years before deciding to retire. Read more about Basque Cafe’s closure »

No. 8: Costume Capers


Costume Capers, a costume shop located near downtown San Luis Obispo, closed its doors in November after 30 years in business. Co-owners Keith Wetzel and Debi Hernandez decided to close the store after years of financial struggle amid trends such as one-month big-box holiday stores, the loss of the San Luis Obispo Mardi Gras Festival and Internet shopping. Read more about Costume Capers’ closure »

No. 9: Pismo Bob’s


Pismo Bob’s, a family-owned South County hardware store, shut its doors over the summer after 33 years of business. Bob and Toni Pringle continue to operate the adjacent nursery, Pismo Garden Art, and Valentina Suites across the road. Bob Pringle said the hardware store required someone with a vast understanding of the products to be constantly available, as well as an elaborate inventory of both popular and secondary merchandise. It’s one of the reasons the family decided to close the store, he said. Read more about Pismo Bob’s closure »

No. 10: The Dance Shop

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The Dance Shop in San Luis Obispo closed in August after 40 years after no one expressed interest in buying the business. Owner Chris Hovis, 81, said she decided to retire after working up to six days a week since opening the shop in August 1975. Read more about The Dance Shop’s closure »

No. 11: DC Shoes and Izod


DC Shoes and Izod at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets closed in October. Izod sold sportswear, golf wear and performance wear, while DC Shoes sold sports footwear and apparel. Read more about the stores closing »

No. 12: Marie Callender’s


Marie Callender’s Restaurant and Bakery in Pismo Beach closed its doors in January. The restaurant, located at 2131 Price St. next to the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, closed Jan. 9 because its lease was expiring, said Vivian Brooks, a public affairs representative for Marie Callender’s. Brooks declined to disclose why the company did not choose to renew the lease. Read more about Marie Callender’s closing »

No. 13: Wet Seal


Struggling teen clothing retailer Wet Seal closed 338 of its stores in January, including its Monterey Street location in San Luis Obispo, which opened in December 2013. The closings resulted in nearly 3,700 full- and part-time workers losing their jobs. Read more about Wet Seal’s closure »

No. 14: Coastal Pool Center


Coastal Pool Center in San Luis Obispo closed its doors after 42 years of providing pool and spa supplies and indoor plants. Craig Fraser has been working at Coastal Pool Center since his mother and her husband opened the business at 265 Pacific St. on June 15, 1973. His mother, Marlene Leek, died Feb. 1 at the age of 83, and Fraser said he decided to close the business. Read more about Coastal Pool Center’s closure »

No. 15: The Sub

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A large fire destroyed The Sub gift shop near downtown San Luis Obispo in December. The Sub was known to carry a large and eclectic collection of rare posters and records, as well as clothes, tapestries, smoking pipes, antiques and tobacco products. Sub owner Richard Ferris indicated that he was weighing his options on whether to rebuild The Sub but thought that the store’s wholesale business would likely recover — much of the wholesale business is online. Read more about The Sub fire »