|Oliver’s staying put in Cotati
Grocery store signs 20-year lease to remain in current location on East Cotati Ave.
Oliver’s Market of Cotati has announced they’ve signed an agreement with owners of the East Cotati Avenue shopping center they anchor to remain there for another 20 years. The announcement came from Steve Maas, founder and owner, and Tom Scott, managing director of all three Oliver’s Markets (they have two markets in Santa Rosa).
Maas started out as a small market owner in San Francisco and then moved to Sonoma County and took over an existing supermarket where they’re presently located. Part of the new agreement includes remodeling of the store, with center owners signed on to improve the parking lot and upgrade its landscaping.
The shift to a 20-year pact means an end to a proposed plan for Oliver’s to move to property it owns at Cotati’s Northern Gateway at Highway 116 and Old Redwood Highway. The fate of this parcel is unknown. It used to be the home of Tubby’s Diner, but they moved to the shopping center where Oliver’s will be for the next two decades. Now only Peet’s Coffee remains as part of Cotati’s northern entry on to Old Red.
Oliver’s was also involved in a controversial ballot measure which limited any new supermarket to 40,000 sq. ft. or smaller. It won by a few votes.
There were also rumors of Oliver’s opening a supermarket in Petaluma at North McDowell and Rainier avenues. But the 20-year pact probably pushed this idea to the back burner.