Pandemic Delays Planned Wicked Maine Lobster In National City

Wicked Maine Lobster co-owner says logistical issues have made National City location's opening date unclear
Wicked Maine Lobster In National City Still Planned, Timeline Unclear
Image: Official | Originally planned for 2021, it's unclear whether Wicked Maine Lobster's National City store will open this year
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Wicked Maine Lobster’s upcoming National City location, which was announced over a year ago, is still planned and in development, though there’s no opening in sight, Co-Owner Eric Howard told What Now San Diego Friday.

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Wicked Maine is scheduled to be a tenant in the Market on 8th food hall in National City, which itself is still on track to open in 2021.

The fast-casual seafood eatery has faced logistical challenges in opening its fourth San Diego County location due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Howard said.

The Carlsbad location, which opened last summer, was announced alongside the National City storefront. A timeline of 2020-2021 was given for the pair of locations, but it’s unclear whether the National City store will make that deadline.

Wicked Maine Lobster first opened its doors at Liberty Public Market on 2820 Historic Decatur Rd in San Diego. Since then, it’s added locations in the Little Italy Food Hall and Carlsbad. Besides National City, there are three stores planned to open in 2022 in Los Angeles (Culver City, Topanga, and Edin Park) and one planned for this year in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Austin Turner

Austin Turner earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Jose State University, where he served as the Executive Editor of The Spear, the student-run sports publication. He also spent time as a writer for the school newspaper, the Spartan Daily, where he focused on politics and long-form journalism. He currently resides in Southern California where he has had stories featured in the OC Register and Press-Enterprise before joining the staff at What Now Media Group.
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