Customer support – Patrons get behind BriarPatch expansion |

Customer support – Patrons get behind BriarPatch expansion

While it could be almost two years before the new store opens, customers of BriarPatch Community Market believe the Grass Valley co-op needs to get bigger so it can get better.

The Grass Valley City Council voted Tuesday to rezone a 2.7-acre parcel at Litton and Sierra Colleges drives so that Calloway Development can build a 16,000-square-foot store for BriarPatch and four smaller retail shops.

However, the project faces a detailed review of the plans by the council before construction can start. Project designer Jeff Gold, of Jeff Gold and Associates in Nevada City, said the nine-month construction would start in late fall or early spring.

Customers on Wednesday said they were excited about the preliminary success of BriarPatch’s expansion.

“BriarPatch obviously needs a bigger store,” Hugh Glasco of Grass Valley said outside the market Wednesday. “There are many products they would carry if they had a bigger store.”

Glasco said he’s been a customer since the store opened at its original site near the airport in 1976, attracted by the “wholesome, healthy products they’ve carried for many years … They’re good people.”

While she likes the intimate feel of the 3,200-square-foot store on Joerschke Drive, Missa Baranowski of Nevada City believes BriarPatch needs more space.

“It can get crowded in the bulk foods area, especially if you’re using a shopping cart,” she said. “I think it will be great. Maybe more people will become health-conscious.”

Employee Sarai Griffin of Grass Valley likes the “small, family-like feeling” of the current store, but she said BriarPatch has outgrown its space and needs more room if it’s going to serve its market.

“If we don’t expand, a big chain like Whole Foods might move into the area,” she said, “and that wouldn’t be good.”

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