of OG delayed; deal could be closed this week
Though the sale of the Organic Grocery was delayed last week, the stores
new owner, Kari Powers, said that she will complete a deal soon. Powers
said that a lease and purchase agreement will be signed once they have
been reviewed by her attorney later this week.
While Powers had planned to buy the store with Springfield resident Cristina
Hipp, the two have redefined their future roles in the organization.
Its basically Cristinas project. She will be the manager,
and she will be responsible for all of the day-to-day operations,
Powers said in a telephone interview earlier this week. I am basically
the financial backer for this venture.
Even though she will not be an owner, Hipp is excited about the opportunity
to work in Yellow Springs. Originally from Santa Fe, N.M., Hipp said that
she is passionate about healthy living and healthy foods. She sees Yellow
Springs as a great place to share that passion.
I have studied a lot about the healing properties of food, and I
really like to focus on what I call live food basically
uncooked fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. I definitely think there
is a market for that sort of thing in Yellow Springs, Hipp said.
Powers, who also owns two restaurants in Springfield, said that she is
looking forward to doing business in Yellow Springs. Powers said that
she is confident the venture will succeed, and with a new focus on raw
foods, the business will be uniquely situated in the Yellow Springs market.
We are going to keep some aspects of the store the same, but we
dont want to compete with grocery items that you can get other places
in town, Hipp said. We want to offer people things they cant
get anywhere else.
Hipp and Powers said that they plan to keep the juice bar, bulk foods
and spices, and the carry-out service. Eventually, they would like to
add a juice cafe where patrons could sit down and have a meal, but a fire
exit would have to be added before a cafe could be operational. Hipp said
that she also plans to change the layout of the store to create a more
Both Hipp and Powers said that they are still brainstorming about other
changes that could be made. Hipp said she would like to create a food
cooperative that will allow people to purchase vegan and vegetarian foods
at a discount, but those plans are still tentative.
We have a lot of ideas, but for some of them we will have to wait
and see what the demand is, Powers said. Hipp said that within a
few days there will be a suggestion box placed outside the store so local
residents can tell the manager what they would like to see from the new
No name has been chosen for the new business, but Hipp and Powers said
that they have been considering a variety of monikers, including The Yellow
Springs Juice Bar and The Earth Food Cafe. Both Hipp and Powers said they
hope to reopen the store by March 1.