Pinole is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Pinole and the surrounding area grew rapidly during
the post-World War II boom. With the coming of Interstate 80 in 1958, the town evolved in a suburban bedroom community
within the San Francisco/Oakland commuter belt. Much of its original industry was displaced during this time, and the
town became predominantly residential.
Today, the town is locally known for its “big box” shopping store district along Fitzgerald Avenue, and Pinole Vista
Shopping Center, which is continuous with Richmond's Hilltop Area. The downtown area still retains many
turn-of-the-century building stock and is being preserved by the city’s development agency as a historic area.