Last week the Clara City Herald made public that Clara City, its economic development agency and a group of private of investors had reached an agreement with Brett and Danielle Almich, owners of Almich’s Market, to establish a new grocery store in the nearby community of just over 1,300.

Last week the Clara City Herald made public that Clara City, its economic development agency and a group of private of investors had reached an agreement with Brett and Danielle Almich, owners of Almich’s Market, to establish a new grocery store in the nearby community of just over 1,300.

With news traveling fast and interest piqued, by mid-afternoon this past Tuesday Brett noted that he had already seen five or six new customers from Clara City who had presumably ventured into the Granite Falls grocery to get a sense of what local patrons already know––the Almichs have a legacy of exceptional grocery operations that reaches back three generations.

This coming January will mark the two year anniversary that the Almichs came into full ownership the former Economart grocery store and began a top to bottom renovation that has served to improve store aesthetics, selection, energy efficiency and overall quality.

The Almichs said that they were a part of a group of grocery store owners contacted about the possibility of opening a grocery store in Clara City in place of the Rhode’s Family Foods.

According to the Clara City Herald, the local EDA took the early lead on the project, soliciting qualified candidates for the grocery store, acquiring three buildings, relocating two businesses and demolishing those buildings with future plans to build the grocery store at the location on Center Avenue.

Furthermore, the City Council would approve to sell that land to a local booster group of approximately seven individuals who pooled nearly $1 million build thenew 8,500 square foot grocery store.

“It’s hard to build a new store in a small town like that and keep up the inventory and equipment and still be profitable,” noted Brett. “When they found that group of investors the talks got a little more serious, and at the end of the day community stepped up and got it done... I really think it’s quite amazing for a town that size.”

As for the impact at Almich’s Market, Almich said that both stores will be able to recognize economic savings through the added purchasing power, but other than that it will largely be business as usual.

“Really, it’s not going to affect much here,” Brett said. “I’m going to spend probably a little less time at the store. But I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t feel really comfortable with our staff, and that’s probably a big reason we’re able to do it.”

With the agreement in place, the Almichs said they’re excited to  roll up their sleeves and begin the new venture. “Now we need to go there do what we’re doing here, hope people come, and hope its successful,” Brett said.
The new store is planned to open in late spring to summer.