HANFORD — Leo Tolstoy once said, “I prefer a good pair of boots to Shakespeare.”

Many people would agree with Tolstoy, and luckily for them, finding a good pair of boots in Hanford is going to become a little easier.

It has been confirmed that Boot Barn will soon have a location inside the Hanford Mall.

“We’re very excited about Boot Barn selecting Hanford as a place to open up,” said Joanne Doerter, general manager of the mall.

Ken Meany founded the company in 1978 in Huntington Beach and the business now boasts more than 230 stores in 31 states. Aside from boots, the store carries hats, western wear like jeans, shirts and other clothing, gifts and home décor.

Boot barn will occupy a portion of the former Forever 21 space, taking up approximately 10,000 square feet, Doerter said.

Doerter said she believes Boot Barn will fit right in in agriculturally-centered Hanford and the surrounding rural communities.

While an official grand opening isn’t set yet, Doerter said a soft opening is scheduled for March 27.

“We’re definitely looking forward to getting them open and serving the community,” Doerter said.

Speaking of the former Forever 21 space, another portion of that large space is still planned to be occupied by Urban Air Adventure Park. Doerter said plans have been submitted to the city and the mall is patiently waiting and looking forward to that opening as well.

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