In June last year the former owners of Gold Creek Country Store shut its doors, which caused an important aspect of community in that area to disappear.
Gold Creek residents then had to head into town for groceries and gas.
However, since the beginning of 2014, the store has reopened its doors, now under new ownership and with a brand new name: the Gold Creek Market.
Constance and Randy Priore took over the store in October and spent three months renovating and upgrading the building and its equipment.
On Sunday, April 27, the store had its grand reopening, complete with two local bands — the Pacemakers and the Bookends.
Priore said they decided to purchase the store because they live in the area and saw its importance to the community.
“We live up here in this area and we shopped here every day when it was open,” she said. “It closed periodically when they ran out of inventory. We wanted to fix that.”
And because the store had closed down they decided to do renovations before they opened it back up. And the renovations were extensive.
“It was basically given a complete facelift,” she said.
On top of that they purchased new commercial equipment for the kitchen, painted the entire store area, waxed the floors, and installed new electrical work.
“We changed the layout so there was better flow,” she said. “It’s clean, bright and fresh.”
The store now has a more open and organized feel to it.
They moved everything around, including the counter from the right side to the left side of the entrance, and the beer coolers to the back of the building.
They added additional shelves for products and now sell produce and fresh fruit.
The kitchen is open from 4-9 p.m. Phone-in orders are welcome.
“We have absolutely the best pizza in Cranbrook,” she claims. “Made fresh, made to order.”
The building itself is 20 years old; the Priores are the fourth owners.
Priore thanked the community for coming out for the grand opening on Sunday, as well as the radio station and the bands for their great performances.
The Gold Creek Market is located at 2455 30th Ave. South and open every day of the year from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.