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Monday, December 14, 2015

Oliver’s Markets Withdraws Appeal to the Shops at Austin Creek - Prickett’s Nursery Shopping Center

Santa Rosa, CA December 14, 2015 – Oliver’s Markets announces the withdrawal of their appeal to the Shops at Austin Creek (Prickett’s Nursery) project being developed by Codding Commercial on Highway 12 at Calistoga Road in eastern Santa Rosa. The withdrawal of the appeal is based on the applicant’s commitment to revise and re-engineer the project and proposed site use to mitigate the environmental impacts, including traffic and air quality. The decision comes days before the Santa Rosa City Council was set to discuss the project at their December 15 meeting.

The agreement between the three parties comes as a result of concerns raised during the peer review of the application that made the case for a full Environmental Impact Report to be filed. As a result of the peer review, the developer will adjust and re-purpose one of the major buildings in the project.

The revised plans will include the CVS Pharmacy, and a collection of retail shops, restaurants, and services. The large specialty store in the initial plans will be reimagined as a group of shops and smaller buildings.

“Environmental concerns have caused us to take a second look at the specialty market that we have always envisioned as a component of the Shops at Austin Creek,” said Bruce Codding, principal of Codding Commercial.  “Adjusting the size and use of that particular building provides us with three beneficial outcomes: It reduces traffic, reduces GHG emissions from that particular building by over 30%, and it allows us to bring a greater diversity of shopping and dining options to the project. We look forward to enjoying another quality shopping destination with our friends and neighbors in Rincon Valley.”

“We see this outcome as a win-win-win for our store, for the project, and for the residents of Santa Rosa,” said Tom Scott, Oliver’s Market CEO. “The new plan will be a better fit for the site and surrounding community.”

About the Prickett Family

The Prickett family first came to Santa Rosa in 1918 and founded Prickett's Nursery on the project site in 1940. Multiple generations of the family have dedicated themselves not only to the nursery business but to serving on the Rincon Valley School Board and the Rincon Valley Fire Department as Directors and volunteer firefighters;  cumulatively giving over a hundred years of service to the community.  The Prickett family will continue to hold the project upon completion.

About Oliver’s Markets

Established in 1988, Oliver’s Markets is a locally owned and operated grocer serving Sonoma County, California from three locations in Santa Rosa and Cotati, and a fourth Windsor location opening in 2016. Oliver's Markets strive to offer the finest selection of natural, conventional, and specialty products. This mission begins with a commitment to support the community through 300 local partners including schools, non-profit organizations, farmers, and producers of food and beverage, as well as its “Green Item of the Month” and the Real Music program. A member of the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, Oliver’s received “Green Business Certification” from the Sonoma County Green Business Program (2011) and a “Best Practice Award” from the Business Environment Alliance (2007). It was named “Best Grocery Store” by the North Bay Bohemian (2000-2014) and “Outstanding Retailers of 2013” by the Specialty Food Association. Learn more at www.oliversmarket.com.

 


Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

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