News Update: Needles, CA: Needles Recreation and Parks Commission receives latest information regarding new “The Market” grocery store from Assistant Needles City Manager Patrick Martinez.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Assistant Needles City Manager Patrick Martinez (Information)

Needles, California: Members of the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission receives the latest information regarding new “The Market” grocery store from Assistant Needles City Manager Patrick Martinez during an adjourned regular meeting of the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission held on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022.

Needles Recreation and Parks Commission Member Merlin Willis asked Needles City Assistant Manager Patrick Martinez during Manager’s Report about the new grocery store.

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On Friday, May 9th, 2014, the only fully operational grocery store in the community, Bashas Grocery Store, closed at the Needles Towne Center.

On Thursday, September 11th, 2014, a new 99 Cents Only store opened where Bashas Grocery Store was located at the Needles Towne Center.

On Friday. January 26th, 2018, the 99 Cents Only store closed at the Needles Towne Center.

Since the closures, the community has been calling for a new grocery store to come to town, and the topic has been a hot topic of discussion and debate, especially when the City of Needles were discussing and voting on any cannabis related projects.

Even with attempts by officials from the City of Needles made attempts to get grocery store chains to come to their community during several retail conventions they attended, but most grocery store chains said “No” because of the community’s population well a few kept discussions open for possibilities.

On Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels confirmed and announced during the Needles City Council Requests held during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council that there is a “signed lease” with a new grocery store and Atlas Properties at the Needles Towne Center.

When asked by Needles City Councilmember Ellen Campbell asked during Council Requests (Video Mark: 1:49:20) about updates on a grocery store coming to the community, which Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said, “At the grocery store, there is a signed lease, so we expect that announcement to be made shortly during the construction schedule.”

On Tuesday, December 14th, 2021, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels confirmed and announced during the Needles City Council Requests held during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency that The Market is the new grocery store coming to the Needles Towne Center.

On Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels confirmed and announced during the 3rd Annual State of the City that The Market and Ace Hardware is coming to the Needles Towne Center, and was “schedule to open in fall 2022.”

Since that confirmation and announcement by Needles City Manager Rick Daniels regarding the new grocery store, the date of opening ranged from September 2022 to November 2022.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding the new grocery store.

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