of OG to be finalized this week
Organic Grocery owner Maria Thornton-Buckley said this week that she and
her husband, Shaggai, are in the process of selling the store to Springfield
resident Cristina Hipp and an unnamed business partner.
The sale is scheduled to be concluded some time this week, but as the
News went to press, nothing had been finalized.
Hipp would not comment on the sale until all details were final, but she
did say that she was excited about the opportunity and that a tentative
agreement had been reached.
Thornton-Buckley said that despite the change of ownership, she expected
many aspects of the business to remain the same. She also said that any
sale would include all equipment and inventory currently in the store.
I think the new owners plan on keeping the juice bar, deli and bulk
foods and spices, Thornton-Buckley said. They have been receptive
to our suggestions, and although they plan to innovate, I think they will
continue to emphasize those successful aspects of the business.
Thornton-Buckley said that both the OGs financial difficulties and
the decision to sell were heavily influenced by personal circumstances.
In September, Thornton-Buckleys mother suffered a stroke. Since
her mothers stroke, Thornton-Buckley said, she has not been able
to devote the energy necessary to make the business successful.
I cant even describe how much I have had to give to this business
personally and financially, Thornton-Buckley said. And since
my moms stroke, I havent been able to keep giving like I had
Thornton-Buckley and her husband have owned and operated the Organic Grocery
since April 2000, and although things have not always gone smoothly, she
says she does not regret the experience. If I had it to do over
again, I might make a few minor changes, but certainly wouldnt abandon
the whole thing. It was definitely a great three years, she said.
Tough competition from natural food stores in Beavercreek and Springfield
and a less than ideal business climate were some of the difficulties Thornton-Buckley
cited when discussing the businesss recent struggles. She said that
while many Yellow Springs residents talk about shopping locally and praise
efforts to support the village economy, many of those same residents were
actually spending more money in out-of-town stores than in the OG.
Thornton-Buckley also said that some local merchants were less than accommodating.
Some merchants were supportive and some were very unsupportive,
Thornton-Buckley said, pointing out that she was choosing her words carefully
in order to be polite.