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Business Scene for the week of 2/27/19


We’ve finally confirmed that indeed a Grocery Outlet bargain market is scheduled to open this September in East Quincy on the vacant lot next to the corner of Redberg Avenue and Highway 70 next to Town and Country Properties. These stores are independently owned and operated with the owners typically selected two to three months prior to the store’s opening. We’ve been told they will be hiring between 25 and 30 employees for the Quincy store. Grocery Outlet currently has 320 stores located in every type of community, from urban cities to very rural towns and everything in between.


State Farm agent Richard Stockton — whom, by the way, is now approaching his 31st year with the company — is thrilled to announce that he is not retiring, but is relocating his insurance business to 70 E. Main St. in Quincy in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center. He said the new offices are in a space in the east corner conveniently located between the Paradise Grill and Round Table Pizza. He and his staff of three are excited about the added room at this new location with its bright, well-lighted environment with plenty of convenient parking for clients. Richard sold the building he and his father Jim occupied for over 50 years to Aly and Ben Kinne. This will be the new home for her marriage and family therapy business, Rethink Industries, which is currently located above the post office. We’ll have more on the Kinne’s plans in a future column.


Ginger Gamble has decided to help with the winter blues by adding live music featuring the sounds of Free Wind every other Friday at her store in Crescent Mills, Gigi’s Market. Next performance is March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., and for those bringing an appetite, barbecued ribs and brisket will be on the menu board.


Jon Olson, a kinesiologist at Applied Kinetic Concepts in Susanville, will be hosting a free community workshop at the Greenville Wellness Center on March 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Individuals can drop by anytime or stay for the whole program, which includes a hands-on demonstration of the simple way to identify and correct muscular imbalances and neurological faults while enhancing your health, mind, body and spirit. He utilizes Bemer therapy with magnets, cold laser and other drug free treatments to help his clients safely improve the quality of their lives.


Believe it or not, you know spring and summer are just around the corner when places like the iconic Polka Dot reopens for the season. Owner Rae Lancaster and her crew are serving your favorites from their extensive menu board from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The closing time will be extended as the weather continues to warm up.



Plumas Bank announced that Jeffrey Moore has been promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer, replacing Kerry Wilson who is retiring. Jeffery joined the bank in 2018 as senior vice president, credit administrator. In his new position, he is responsible for the overall management of the bank’s credit administration department, to ensure the efficient and accurate analysis of credit risk for new loan requests and existing lending relationships, as well as correct structuring for commercial loans, including the underwriting and loan review analysis process. He will oversee all functions providing lending support, direction, credit information, loan policies, and procedures and processes, to ensure the overall quality of the bank’s loan portfolio.

“Jeff’s successful career, proven judgment and credit discipline make him an ideal choice for this role. His leadership experience in both the commercial line of business and credit function make Jeff a valuable addition to the executive leadership team,” said President and CEO Andrew Ryback.

Moore brings 38 years of banking experience to his new role, most recently as the chief credit officer of Community 1st Bank.



Valorie Chisholm is the new coordinator for Sierra Hospice in Chester providing direction for the vital role the organization provides the Greater Lake Almanor area, Indian Valley and Westwood communities. She replaces Lisa Wong Miller whom is leaving the area to pursue other opportunities. Val has been apart of the Lake Almanor area for many years and said she is grateful for the opportunity to serve community members and their families. Since 1981, Sierra Hospice is a volunteer program dedicated to providing end of life aid and support to patients and their families. New volunteers are always welcome. For those who may not know, Forget me Not Thrift Store is the Hospice’s primary source of funding.

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