Biz Buzz: Arroyo Grande Village may get a new market

JJ’s Market in the Village of Arroyo Grande closed more than a year ago, leaving the downtown area without a local neighborhood grocer. That, however, could soon change.

Nick Tompkins of NKT Commercial recently bought the nearly 3-acre parcel at East Branch and Mason streets, which includes the former market.

Plans are still in the early stages, but Tompkins said he plans to bring a market back to the Village.

“The focus for us is getting a grocer in,” he said.

Previous property owners Richard Loughead and Joe Scolari had been working on a proposal for a development that would have added single-family townhouses, five apartments, 11,680 square feet of commercial space and 3,543 square feet of office space, according to a city report.

However, plans were put on hold last year at the applicant’s request. The City Council had considered a pre-application for the project in November 2008.

The city’s Architectural Review Committee looked at it in August and recommended the Planning Commission approve it with minor changes, said Teresa McClish, Arroyo Grande director of community development. The project hadn’t gone to a public hearing yet, she said.

— Cynthia Lambert

HR professionals pick new board

The San Luis Obispo-based Human Resources Association of the Central Coast recently installed its board of directors for 2010.

Returning as president is Betsey Nash of United Staffing Associates. Also returning to the board are Rhonda Hunter of Framberger Employee Benefits and Insurance Services and David Mulder of San Luis Paper. New directors include Pam Horton of North Coast Engineering; Kathi Hendry of Native Trails; and Lori Paris of the San Luis Obispo YMCA.The association provides education, scholarships and a forum for human resources professionals. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Madonna Inn.

— Julia Hickey