Boot Barn Provides Western and Work Clothing Locally | Business
THE CENTER – According to some guests, Imperial County’s first full-fledged Boot Barn held its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, December 3, to celebrate a long overdue project. Sandwiched between Cardenas and Harbor Freight in El Centro, the new Boot Barn awaits you with a big opening sale throughout the weekend.
Boot Barn of El Cajon store manager Kyleen Lopez was originally chosen as store manager for the Imperial County location. However, while she waited for the facility to be ready, an opportunity presented itself for her at El Cajon.
Due to some construction issues and a shortage of supply on the route, the original June opening date continued to be extended until the official opening on November 19.
“It was a lot of building stuff… it was a complete rebuild from day one. As with any building constructed, especially with limited resources and the like, things tend to go a bit slower than expected, ”she said.
Lopez was born and raised in Imperial County and still resides here. She goes to El Cajon’s location but shared words of encouragement for Salvador Ayala, the manager of the El Centro Boot Barn store.
“I think it’s long overdue. This valley just needed a boot barn just because of the size of our farming business. Not only our agriculture, but we also have our police, we have our border patrol, ”she said. “Boot Barn is one of the biggest suppliers of western and work boots out there, and having them here and giving them to everyone here is just a great opportunity. “
She referred to the Boot Barn store in Calexico and said that it was not a specialty store, but rather a clearance store.
El Centro Boot Barn store manager Salvador Ayala said he was very excited to finally offer a Boot Barn to the Imperial County community.
“Honestly, I am very excited to be here. As you can see, the response from the community has been tremendous. The traffic has been incredible, ”he said.
Calexican born and raised, Ayala is no stranger to the Western style and the working needs of the valley. Ayala trained as a Store Manager at El Cajon and Yuma Boot Barn stores. He said Boot Barn saw the need for a location in Imperial Valley when they started reviewing their Rewards members’ area codes – many started with 760.
“The company’s offices noticed that there was a large clientele in Yuma and El Cajon who came from the Imperial Valley,” he said.
Despite the obstacles on the road and the delayed opening, Ayala said he was happy to arrive in time for Black Friday and the upcoming holiday season. He reiterated how important it was to have a Boot Barn to serve the local community.
“Our community is very agriculture-driven, and I think having the ability for them to find the right product for the companies they work in is probably the most important thing,” Ayala said.