New owners to take over Leonard’s Market
Three siblings will be the new owners of Leonard’s Market in Portola and Loyalton.
Sierra Village Markets, operated by Pamela Garcia, Matthew Marcott and Linda Harris, anticipates taking over operation of the store later this month or in February.
“We would love to come in right away, but the transition will not be completed for several weeks,” said Marcott.
His sister, Pamela Garcia, will be relocating to the area with her husband, Albert, to oversee the stores. The family plans to retain the stores’ employees.
The siblings also plan to keep the store name because of its history in the area.
The Portola store was established in 1954 and acquired by the Cliftons in 1980. The Loyalton store has been in existence since 1938 and was acquired by the Cliftons in 1990.
“We would like to thank all of our customers for their business over the years,” brothers Steve and Paul Clifton said in a written statement. “It has been our pleasure and honor to be of service. We would also like to thank our many dedicated employees and their families who have contributed to our success.”
Sierra Village Markets LLC is a private company owned and managed by longtime members of a supermarket family. The Leonard’s stores will be their first California locations.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone at the stores and fellow community members,” Pamela Garcia said. “I hope to become engaged with our employees, community organizations and schools.”