PASO ROBLES, CA-Regency Centers of Jacksonville, FL has debuted itsGolden Hills Plaza, a new 223,104-square-foot shopping center at Highway 46 and Golden Hills Road that includes a 169,112-square-foot Lowe’s store. The store is the first Lowe’s location on California’s Central Coast.

Regency Centers closed on the land acquisition for the shopping center in 2007 and construction on the project began in September 2008. According to Paul Loubet, Regency Centers vice president of investments, “A Lowe’s store of this size represents an average investment in the community of approximately $18.5 million and creates up to 175 new jobs.”

The Golden Hills Plaza center also includes a Bed, Bath & Beyond as an anchor tenant. Other tenants include a UPS Store, Subway, Sky Nails and Spa, Me & Ed’s Pizza and El Pollo Loco on an outparcel.

The shopping center is close to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay and the high-retail traffic corridor at US Highway 101. In keeping with Regency’s sustainability program, called Greengenuity, the project will use low VOC paints, energy-efficient air conditioning units and a drainage system to capture on-site storm water. Plus, Regency has donated funds for a clean-powered bus for the Paso Robles Transit Services in order to help improve regional air quality.