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    Nugget Markets Acquires Sonoma Market, Glen Ellen Village Market

    Partners declare deal 'perfect fit'

    (L-R) Sonoma Market/Glen Ellen Village Market founders Dale Downing and Don Shone and Nugget Markets' CEO Eric Stille.

    Woodland, Calif.-based Nugget Markets will add two stores to its present 15-store fleet with the acquisition of Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market, which is expected to close on March 31.

    Family-owned and operated Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market, both located in Sonoma County, are known in their communities for personal service, high-quality prepared foods and perishables, and a commitment to local growers and producers. Recently recognized as “Best Grocery Store” and “Best Customer Service” by the Sonoma Index Tribune’s People’s Awards, the stores "are a true Sonoma Valley destination that fosters and shares the same values and philosophies as Nugget Markets," notes Eric Stille, president and CEO of Nugget Markets.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to be given the opportunity to acquire Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets,” Stille continued. “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."

    Shone and Downing concur in light of Nugget Markets’ good standing with its community, associates and guests, which they said played a large part in their decision.

    “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" said Shone. "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.”

    Nugget Markets has occupied a place on Fortune Magazine’s national “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 10 consecutive years. Stille attributes the honor to Nugget Markets’ dedicated associates and leaders, whose upbeat energy, positive outlook and focus on world-class service is immediately evidenced in its stores, which has in turn cultivated an extremely loyal customer base.

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

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