Downtown luring California Organics |

Downtown luring California Organics

California Organics Market is in talks to relocate to the Broad Street Furnishings building, a space that anchors the historic district, The Union has learned.

No deal has been signed, and talks could break down. But California Organics’ mere interest in the space is a psychological boost to the downtown, where office space is sitting vacant.

“It would be an exciting opportunity,” said Chris Kysar, president of California Organics.

Kysar and Coldwell Banker Commercial, which is the real estate broker for the building at 210 Broad St., declined comment. But the organic food market is in negotiations to use at least some of the space, according to real estate and city sources.

KVMR radio, now located at Spring Street in Nevada City, also has been approached about sharing some of the space, sources said. KVMR General Manager David Levin said it was premature to comment.

A local contractor also is looking at what would be required to retrofit the building for a grocery store and restaurant, including a kitchen, as well as additional space.

Some high-profile Nevada City business people are involved. The building’s ownership would be split among a group of people.

The 28,000-square-foot location on Broad Street is now occupied by Broad Street Furnishings, which announced in April that it was going out of business. The building, built in 1920, has been on the market for $2.5 million.

A going out of business sale is expected to wrap up in the next week or so. The economic downturn and sharp decrease in new home sales was cited by the owners as the reasons for closing the furniture store, founded in 1977.

If a deal is signed, California Organics would become an anchor for Broad Street.

The store offers an organic grocery store but also a restaurant called The Organic Grill.

A vibrant grocery store and restaurant at the foot of Broad Street would provide needed economic vitality and cater to locals and tourists. Residents have said the downtown needs more of a magnet to attract locals.

It would have the added benefit of fitting the city’s demographics: An organic store owned by locals.

California Organics is now located at 135 Argall Way in Nevada City, in the Seven Hills Business District.

The Broad Street location would be more visible and help it compete with the likes of BriarPatch and SPD, as well as Safeway, which offers some organic products.

To contact Editor Jeff Pelline, e-mail or call 477-4235.

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