Lompoc Furniture Mart is a retail store located in the heart of Lompoc, California.
While little is known about the history of the building prior to its evolution into a furniture outlet, many local historians believe the building was once used as the town morgue. A former employee has come forward to discuss her many experiences at the Lompoc Furniture Mart.
A Historic Building in Lompoc with an Eerie Past
Since she is seeking new employment currently, she has requested that her identity remain anonymous.
You worked at Lompoc for a while?
“Yes, for quite a while.” she replied.
And you had multiple paranormal experiences while working there?
“Yes, the first one happened not long after I was hired. I was adjusting some sale signs within the store one morning before it opened. Nobody was near me as I worked. I was bent over, fixing a sign when I felt and heard someone walk past me…
“Quickly I turned to look around but nobody was in sight. It freaked me out at first, but the next couple of days were normal and I forgot about the incident for a while.
Until your second incident…?
“Yes,” she nodded.
Things Go From Bad to Worse
“I had been at the store for a couple of months and they needed someone to temporarily cover the closing shift.
“I just closed out the register and walked around the store to make sure that chairs were tucked in and pillows were adjusted—you know, just making everything look nice. I walked through the armchairs when out of nowhere I felt someone grab my ankle. It was definitely a human hand but it was physically impossible that anyone, even a child, could have fit under that chair.
“Still, it was human and I was terrified to be at the store alone if someone was in there. I kept thinking that they would rob the store and kill me in the process,” she shook her head.
“I ran out screaming and immediately called my boyfriend. But we couldn’t find anyone in the store or any trace that someone had broken in either. After that incident I told my boss that the only way I would keep working at Lompoc Furniture Mart was if I was never scheduled to work alone again.
“I was still really frightened, but it was a good paying job, and stupidly I assumed that if I wasn’t alone I wouldn’t have any more paranormal experiences,” she laughed self-deprecatingly.
What was the final straw for you?
“The last straw was the third and final incident, which happened five months after the hand,” she sighed.
“There was a huge storm rolling through and the high winds knocked our power out.
“The assistant manager was working with me and went back into the store room to find some flashlights. I went to the front of the store and put out the closed sign.
“The storefront is covered in large windows, so it was also the only area of the store where I could see anything. As I started walking back I heard the same sound of someone walking past me. I stopped and listened over the pounding of the rain for movement.
“Shaking, I knew I had to see who it was, so I slowly turned toward the dining room tables and there I saw a woman. She stood there staring at me, and I realized in horror that I could see right through her to the next chair.
“I ran to the back of the store screaming. I gave my two weeks the next day, but never went back. I don’t care if I have to find a job outside of Lompoc, I never want to set foot in that store again.”
125 South H Street
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