Over the past decade, businesses in San Luis Obispo have struggled to stay afloat, leading to the closure of longtime local retailers and restaurants — many of which have been beloved for generations — one after another. others. Independent cameras, including Jim’s Campus Camera (closed, 2013); Marshalls Jewelers (2018, closed after being in business continuously since 1889) and Charles Shoes (2019), closed after more than half a century.
In 2021, the closures have only accelerated. Downtown lost Rolled Ice Cream Company, Yogurtland and Serengeti West Fine Jewelers.