More of a good thing.
Yes! We are growing on down the road…to Bell Rd. in Auburn, California.
The reasons for doing so are as follows:
- We Can Help Improve the Food System
- We Can Increase Our Community Impact Beyond Nevada County
- For Our Continued Financial Viability
We’ve done several market studies over the last couple of years and Auburn is a great place for a second BriarPatch. Shoppers there are seeking more of a one stop shopping experience where they can buy fresh, local produce and get great fresh prepared foods. Right now, that’s hard to find in a single location in Auburn, and we think we will be successful there.
Hiring starts early 2022.
We will begin hiring for positions in our new Auburn store at 2505 Bell Road starting early 2022.
Positions will be available in these departments:
- Front End Customer Service
- Deli Customer Service
- Deli Kitchen
- Deli Bakery
- Meat & Seafood
Get your foot in the door today…and get started by working at our Grass Valley location.
Comments & Questions
We know you have questions & comments, and we’d love to hear them. We’ll provide updates as things progress, and we do have a brief FAQ on this page. Use the form below to talk to us and to sign up for Auburn-specific news.
Where will it be?
2505 Bell Road, Auburn. In the shopping mall with the Rite Aid, UPS Store, BevMo! and McDonalds (across Bell Road from the Target), in the former Kmart space.
When will the store open?
The current timeline is aiming for mid-2022, but this always subject to change.
Kmart? That’s going to be a huge store.
We’ve leased one third of the former Kmart space– about 23k sq ft. The rest of the space will be leased to Old Navy and Harbor Freight. Our space is on the garden center side, which we’ll also be converting into usable space.
Don’t owners get to vote on opening a second store?
According to our Co-op’s bylaws, the Board of Directors makes decisions about real estate and expansion. Owners have voted for the Board to represent them and make those decisions on their behalf. The Board, along with Co-op management, has done extensive financial and market research (i.e., “due diligence”) over the past few years to understand the risks and rewards associated with moving forward with expanding our Co-op to Auburn.
Are we going to be one co-op or two? One board or two?
BriarPatch Food Co-op is one cooperative entity that will operate two stores. It is governed by one Board of Directors, and one General Manager who reports to the Board and oversees operations of the cooperative. Owners will be able to use their BriarPatch member-ownership at any BriarPatch location.
What kind of job opportunities will there be for BriarPatch employees at the second store?
One of the wonderful things about opening the Auburn store is that it provides BriarPatch employees more opportunities to advance their careers within the Co-op. Many Grass Valley operations positions will be duplicated at the Auburn store. Other positions, especially admin, will serve both stores. We’re excited about these opportunities for BriarPatch employees and residents of Auburn.