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New digs for old business

Moule Paint and Glass – a mainstay in Grass Valley for decades – has reopened at a bigger location, providing more parking and more room for customer browsing.

The store is the latest in a number of established area businesses, including Hills Flat Lumber, DeMartini RV and the BriarPatch, that are opening bigger locations.

“I didn’t feel the customers were getting a fair shake at the previous location,” said Jim Moule, the store’s owner.



After 58 years at 627 E. Main St., the Grass Valley staple store for builders and home improvers has moved across the street to 700 East Main. The store was founded by Moule’s father, William Moule, in 1949. A fire burned down the store in the 1950s, but the family rebuilt.

The new location has nearly 35 parking spaces compared to 10 at the previous site. The store increased from 8,200 square feet to 13,500 square feet at its new location. It also has storage on site compared to the previous storage on Spring Hill Drive.




Many residents already travel “down the hill” to other large discount chains, and the Home Depot plans to build a store in Auburn. With the big-box stores always a threat to business, Moule said he offers better customer service.

“It’s a little more personal service,” Moule said.

If a customer has a problem with a brand of paint, Moule said, a store employee gets on the phone with the paint company’s sales representative to resolve the concern – faster than many other stores.

Moule Paint’s business remains solid, Moule said. As the area’s population has grown in recent years, retail sales also have increased 8 to 10 percent each year, Moule said. He said he hopes business continues growing at a similar pace.

“I didn’t build in anticipation of greater sales,” Moule said.

The new store opened March 26. Moule, 57, said it’s his business’ last move. “I’ve got a granite sign out front and I don’t plan on moving it,” Moule said.

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the union.com or call 477-4234.

• The new Hills Flat Lumber Co. store opens at 7 a.m. Monday on Railroad Avenue in Grass Valley.

• The Gold Miner Inn-Holiday Inn Express is expected to open later this month, but no firm date is set.

– Greg Moberly


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