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Work begins in Windsor to make way for Oliver’s Market

  • Adin Hall of Northwest General Engineering clears debris with an excavator on the construction site where the new Oliver's Market is being built in Windsor on Old Redwood Highway, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Work began this week in Windsor to clear the way for a new Oliver’s Market, which will add a much-anticipated supermarket to the west side of town.

A new grocery store next to Windsor’s Town Green is something officials have sought for years to help bring more business to Town Green Village shops and as a convenience for nearby residents.

The 34,000-square-foot Oliver’s is part of the first phase of Bell Village, one of the largest mixed-use, residential-commercial projects to be approved in Windsor.

“It’s pretty big news — the work has finally begun on that site,” said Windsor Planning Director Ned Thomas.

Oliver’s general manager Tom Scott said Wednesday the store is expected to open next summer, by August or September.

“We’re excited about it. And the feedback we’re getting from residents of the area, they’re really excited we’re coming,” he said. He added that someone calls the company’s business office on an almost daily basis to inquire about the Windsor store, whether it’s to ask when it will open or about job opportunities.

Bell Village, which includes 387 apartments and 83,500 square feet of commercial space, including Oliver’s, offices, and a restaurant, is expected to help provide a “24/7” vibrancy to the downtown.

The project is on 25 acres that formerly comprised Windsorland mobile home and trailer park, located just west of Highway 101 and east of Old Redwood Highway.

Some redwood trees were cut down last winter to make way for street improvements associated with the shopping center and residential project.

Now clearing and demolition work is beginning on the site for the commercial portion, which is being developed first.

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