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Santa Maria Town Center Mall, strip malls seeing heaviest foot traffic since March

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SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Maria Town Center Mall is seeing the heaviest foot traffic since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

"Yes because the more people you can get in here the more the business can succeed. You know we’re all here trying to provide a product you know trying to provide a service for the community and when the doors are closed and you can’t get in here it’s just been really hard," said owner Gina Martin of Gina's Piece of Cake.

After enduring months of hardship, no one at the mall seems to be complaining about the increase in foot traffic.

“We have a lot of returning customers and New customers. Reached outside of this area so we’re bringing in people from Side of the community which is really awesome,” said Martin.

The mall isn’t the only place gaining foot traffic.

Strip malls including Town Center West are also getting more customers.

"It definitely has been picking up ... there’s more people around the shopping center. That’s what we’ve been noticing for sure. I would say based on what we see we have maybe 25 percent more yeah for sure," said owner Joel Mendoza of Quality Cell Phone Repair.

"That's a good think just because of the pandemic you know people were losing money businesses were closing. It's a good thing now," said customer Kathy Bagood.

Wearing face masks and maintaining physical distance are still required for all retail stores and malls in Santa Barbara County,

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