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7/4/2013 6:00:00 AM
Golden Valley residents push for grocery store
Organizers hope petition catches a company's eye
Currently, the Golden Valley area has several convenience stores but no grocery stores. Residents organizing this effort plan to present collected signatures to the corporate offices of Safeway, Smith's and Bashas' grocery stores.
Currently, the Golden Valley area has several convenience stores but no grocery stores. Residents organizing this effort plan to present collected signatures to the corporate offices of Safeway, Smith's and Bashas' grocery stores.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

GOLDEN VALLEY - Petitions for a grocery store in Golden Valley recently have popped up in 16 stores and businesses throughout the area.

"People are enthusiastic about this," said Don Copen, who lives in nearby Crystal Springs. "They want a store here. If you look around, there's everything but that in Golden Valley. If there was a grocery store here, people would definitely shop in it."

Copen and a friend, Dan Richardson of Golden Valley, began posting the petitions to raise public interest in the idea. They plan to present the signatures to the corporate offices of Safeway, Smith's and Bashas' grocery stores.

Currently, the Golden Valley area has several convenience stores but no grocery stores. Residents must drive 15-20 miles one way to shop at the five grocery stores in Kingman.

Copen said the trip is hot during the summer and traffic on Stockton Hill Road, where all but one of the stores are located, has worsened as new businesses have sprung up there.

Copen said he has contacted Mohave County Supervisor Joy Brotherton and Bennett Bratley, acting director for the Mohave County Economic Development Department, for help with the project.

Bratley said he supports most commercial growth in Golden Valley and his agency would be available as a source of information and a guide to a prospective grocery store as it goes through the planning, zoning, permitting and economic development process.

"I'm a firm believer that anything is possible if you have the right developer, property and can be heard by the right audience," said Bratley. "It's all based on demographics, and the market has to be there. I think the grocery stores should look into it, because there's a need in Golden Valley."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau State and County Quickfacts, the population in Golden Valley was 8,370 in 2010. There were 4,342 housing units, with 86.4 percent owning with a median value of $98,000.

The median household income from 2007 to 2011 was $36,714, with 15.6 percent of the area's population below the poverty level. A total of 77.8 percent of the population has a high school diploma.

Brotherton said Golden Valley had a mom-and-pop grocery store named Ranch Market in the late 1970s and early 1980s with two locations, but they closed after the big grocery stores opened in Kingman and the economy turned sour. Brotherton said she would like to see a similar store take up residence in Golden Valley, which she represents.

"I really want to support the people in Golden Valley however they want to go, but at this point I'm just not sure we can get any of the big stores to come there," said Brotherton. "I think they'd do better with a mom-and-pop grocery store. The residents need something out there, because the area is growing and there are a lot more families. I hope that if a big store doesn't take notice of this effort, a smaller grocery store will."

Petitions are located in a number of businesses, including C&S Auto Supply, Valley Medical Center, Upsy Daisy Mail Service, Castle Rock Event Center, Northwest Liquidators and Golden Eagle Real Estate in Golden Valley; Mohave Rancho Lumber in Dolan Springs and Yesterday's Restaurant in Chloride.

For more information, call Copen at (928) 565-7406.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Meisch

Having been born in Kingman and raised in Golden Valley, I have seen the growth in the past 50 years. There was a time when it did not look like the major stores would not even come to Kingman. They are all there now. Golden Valley is it's own place with lots of good people. I am sure that eventually there will be a store there. I say, good for you for trying to get it done. We have needed an affordable grocery store there for years.
As for the arguing in the comments above... Why would you debate this as it is a positive thing for a good community.
Sharon Meisch

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader

Re: Business Case

Then how do explain the logic of the so-called "incentive" to have two Safeway's and two Walgreen's, THREE McDonald's and two Carl's Jr's in Kingman?

And "Ain't gonna happen" is because of Mohave County politics, but nice try at your pessimism and insincerity by obviously making fun of the residents who do not live in Kingman.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader

When you liberal pessimists say the big stores have no incentive to build because they already get your business, then, for example, why are there plenty of full size grocery and other large retail stores in suburban communities of Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota?

That obviously proves your theory wrong, and even though I am a Conservative and a Capitalist, I dislike Greedy Capitalism.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: j d

I bet Golden Valley would have better luck getting an IGA store. IGA is a small town grocer with good products and prices. I do all my shopping at IGA and avoid the large stores. They currently have IGA stores in AZ.

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Article comment by: Betty Finley

A bigger store to shope at the family dollar or the other one would be great. I have ms and do the shopping in my family. I can't handle getting out in the heat, plus what the stores have here are a little high priced. A bigger store would be great several ppl would benefit from it. Not all golden valley ppl are on food stamps so what money we have we have to make them go as far as they can. Wish we could get a aldes here like we had in ks. Food was very cheap..

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

The big stores have no incentive to build in Golden Valley because they already get your business. They have the same stores in Bullhead so you can't even boycott them. Why should they spend the money for a giant building when they have nothing to gain for it. Yes it would be great for the people of Golden Valley and it would take pressure off Stockton Hills Road but it will never happen because it only benifiets the people and not the stores. Don't hold your breath.

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Article comment by: grandma knows best

there are many people south of Yucca (ourselves included) that would love to shop in Golden Valley. you can keep your "cities", who wants to shop and drive in that congestion? we live in the country for that very reason, just want to get our groceries and get out of town.

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Say What

@ Robert Jones

Excuse me? Mind MY own business?

You sir don't have a clue what my business is and just because you THINK (using that term loosely) you know it all, doesn't make it so.

I happen to have an interest in what happens in Golden Valley as a property owner and a 50 plus year resident.

So......if it IS any of your business.....I am minding my business.

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Family Dollar, Dollar General sell some grocery items as well as others but a truly grocery orientated store might be a boon to someone's business idea since cost of fuel is not going down, and a round trip to Kingman from Golden Valley might make it a big winner with the residents since why drive that round trip if one can get them locally!

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew


“Why on earth do you keep asking for 'empirical proof' of anything in your sarcastic responses to anything anyone else posts? Quack, quack, quack!”

I guess it is because I used a real dictionary for defining the word. Merriam-Webster Definition of EMPIRICAL 1. originating in or based on observation or experience, 2 relying on experience or observation, 3 capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

@ just j
It was an attempt at levity. But, it seems like more and more people are offended by anything that is said. I seriously believe we, as a people, have lost our sense of humor.
Truth be know, the reason Golden Valley has a low crime rate is because there's way fewer people to commit a crime on. And, the majority of the career criminals who ply their trade in Bullhead City and Kingman, hide out in Golden Valley, thus, another reason for a lower crime rate....most criminals are armed. It would be nice if the local kids had some place to go during the summer, but, it's been tried before. It usually ends with the site vandalized, fixtures stolen, improper behavior on the premises, and the site being closed down, because the management can't keep up with the theft and destruction. Golden Valley doesn't have such a problem, because there's nothing for them to destroy.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: N A

Why don't you people do your home work before moving to a town, I have even heard some people say that they had no idea that there were snake in Arizona or they would have never moved here! That's just amazing to me.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: Business Case

If you already bring your business to them at your expense why would they spend millions to bring their store to you? Why did Safeway open a second store in KNG? That's where the money is! This has been talked about for over 20 years. Ain't gonna happen.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: Business Case

First of all petitions are to get government entities to do something. Businesses only understand when you vote with your dollars. Only when you stop spending money at their stores in KNG or BHC will they bring a store to you. As it is now they have no incentive to move to GV. All of these businesses are well aware of where their customers live if you use a discount card.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: t rushing

A Food for Less or a Winco would be good. How about a Cosco we dont have one of those. Lets think a little different so Kingman people would go to Golden Valley to shop also. It would benefit the store in Golden Valley and help the community.

Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Article comment by: just J

@Gun owner: Are you really that ignorant? Kingman city has MORE crime then we do here, not because of the residents of OUR community! I am not a meth head, a thief or anything you mentioned! There are a LOT of good people out here and there are a lot of good people in Kingman as well. Sick of people judging the entire community because of a few bad. FYI because we have no shopping here I spend my dollars in BHC, something to think about Mohave County/Kingman.

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Makes sense to me.
Why should scores of Golden Valley teens have to drive or hitch-hike all the way into Bullhead City or Kingman to loiter in air conditioned stores to do their shop-lifting in comfort?

And what about all of the welfare recipients out there? Surely they can benefit from a convenient grocery store.

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman Citizen

There are a lot of poor people in Golden Valley with little or no transportation that could benefit from a grocery store. Let's bring Albertson's back or another store that isn't in Kingman.

Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013
Article comment by: It's About Time

Why court the same old stores as Kingman?
Get a WinCo Foods, the prices are better than Walmart, they're an employee owned store which means the locals who work there will essentially be the owners and will work harder to see the store prosper and the best part...they are open 24 Hours which means people from Kingman, Dolan Springs, Meadview and possibly even Bullhead will even come out to shop late at night.
If you don't believe how great these stores are try the one in Henderson on Stephanie, that's where we shop.
They also have a great "bulk foods" section where you can buy mady items by the bound out of bins.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Al DiCicco

Food shall come to Golden Valley. The Farm is here, Kingman Farms, and now a grocery store shall come soon and Golden Valley will be about the same, except we will have more food. It's a big valley.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: ROBERT JONES


Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

I love this idea of a big grocery store or at least one like Joy remembers. Privately owned like Hafley's Super Market on Beale Street were big, had everything - now where the Salvation Army is.

Do you have to live in Golden Valley, Chloride, etc to sign?

If a big grocery store moved into Golden Valley, people coming back from Vegas, BHC and Laughlin would stop on their way back home to buy groceries. I certainly would. If they had any money left after going to Laughlin that is. Haha!

Those on the 93 N side of Kingman might buzz out there to shop too to get away from the SHRD traffic. Good luck with this.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Ansons Nephew

empirical (ɛ mˈ pɪ rɪ k ə l)
— adj

derived from or relating to experiment and observation rather than theory
(of medical treatment) based on practical experience rather than scientific proof
a. a priori Compare a posteriori (of knowledge) derived from experience rather than by logic from first principles
b. analytic Compare synthetic (of a proposition) subject, at least theoretically, to verification
of or relating to medical quackery

Why on earth do you keep asking for 'empirical proof' of anything in your sarcastic responses to anything anyone else posts? Quack, quack, quack!

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Say What:

Why history obviously proves my allegations, I can prove one such example of when my relatives tried to open up a laundry mat business in 1989.

The County tried the best they could to deny their permits, then the State of Arizona succeeded with some lame excuse that their commercially-zoned parcel of land was not large enough.

Most other of the small business owners from back then are long gone, who just gave up from fighting with the County, whose sole effort is to protect their cronies in Kingman and Bullhead City.

Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
Article comment by: Say What?

I would sure like to see what section of the Mohave County Building Code that says a grocery store can't be built unless it is on a "sewer system", I have never heard of such a thing.

and @ word count 297

I challenge you to back up your claim of "the fix of preventing much needed businesses here in Golden Valley by the "good 'ol boys of Kingman, Mohave County and the State of Arizona will soon change."

I find such claims to be insulting and I trust that you can prove your allegations.

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