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Nugget Markets acquiring two Sonoma County grocery stores

Woodland-based Nugget Markets announced Thursday the planned purchase of two Sonoma County grocery stores: Sonoma Market in Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Market in Glen Ellen.
Woodland-based Nugget Markets announced Thursday the planned purchase of two Sonoma County grocery stores: Sonoma Market in Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Market in Glen Ellen. Sacramento Bee file

Woodland-based Nugget Markets said Thursday that it is acquiring two family-owned and operated grocery stores in Sonoma County.

Nugget said it is purchasing Sonoma Market at 500 W. Napa St., in Sonoma, and Glen Ellen Village Market at 13751 Arnold Drive, in Glen Ellen.

Financial terms of the purchase, which Nugget expects to close March 31, were not disclosed.

“Co-owners Don Shone and Dale Downing and their entire team have built a fabulous brand. Our core values align nicely, and I see both brands growing stronger with this acquisition,” said Eric Stille, president and CEO of family-owned Nugget.

Kate Stille, marketing director for Nugget, said the family ownership of the Sonoma County markets dates back more than 50 years. Shone and Downing are brothers-in-law. She said Nugget has no plans to rebrand the stores “because they have a very strong, established brand in the community.”

Downing and Shone launched Sonoma Market in 1985. Eight years later, Glen Ellen Village Market was built, replacing the original Glen Ellen store that opened in 1963.

The Sonoma County acquisitions come a little more than a year after Nugget’s January 2015 announcement that it was acquiring Paradise Foods, which operated markets in the Marin County communities of Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon.

Nugget Markets operates 15 stores in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Solano and Marin counties.

Founded in 1926 by the father-son team of William and Mack Stille, Nugget has made Fortune magazine’s list of the nation’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 10 years running.

In a statement, Shone said: “A big factor in deciding to sell to the Nugget Markets and the Stille family is their dedication and commitment to their employees and customers. Though we have been sought after by many companies over the years, only now do we feel we have the perfect fit for our market family.

“Dale and I can rest assured that our employees, who have helped build this company and are loved by the community, will be well taken care of.”

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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