COOKIE CROCK: Is Cookie Crock clos­ing its gro­cery store in Morro Bay?

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian - BY JOHN LINDT sier­ra2the­sea.net John Lindt is the ed­i­tor of the news site sier­ra2the­sea.net.

It might be the worstkept se­cret in Morro Bay.

Shop­pers walk­ing into the Cookie Crock gro­cery store on Quin­tana this week are ask­ing the same ques­tion: Is it true you are go­ing to close?

The re­sponse from em­ploy­ees: Yes.

Man­age­ment at the Cam­bria cor­po­rate of­fice will nei­ther com­ment nor con­firm the clo­sure, but store work­ers in Morro Bay say they have been told to ex­pect it in a few months, likely by May, pre­ceded by a close­out sale in April.

While there’s not of­fi­cial word, one thing that’s not at all in doubt is that the build­ing is for lease.

The Bak­ers­field of­fice of New­mark Grubb lists the prop­erty at 490 Quin­tana for lease with a flyer that was first pub­lished on­line last Au­gust.

The lease cov­ers 1.16 acres and 19,500 square feet un­der roof. Bro­kers with the com­pany say the prop­erty is avail­able within 30 to 60 days and that the cur­rent ten­ant will va­cate.

WHAT WOULD RE­PLACE COOKIE CROCK?

There’s no word yet on who might re­place the mod­est-size store.

Some com­ments on the pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia web­site Next Door — where the news was shared widely in re­cent days — sug­gest they will miss Cookie Crock’s home­town at­mos­phere.

“Where will I buy bird seed?” one com­menter asked. Oth­ers hope it could mean Trader Joe’s comes in, while re­spon­ders puff that TJ’s will never hap­pen here.

Cookie Crock’s store in Cam­bria will re­main open.

The lo­ca­tion in Ar­royo Grande closed in 2014, and its spot is now oc­cu­pied by the Ger­manowned Aldi dis­count chain.

Could Aldi also come to Morro Bay?

The town is now dom­i­nated by its largest player, Al­bert­sons, just a half­block down the street from Cookie Crock. The other gro­cer in Morro Bay is the lo­cally owned Spencer’s Mar­ket.

Cookie Crock says on its web­site that it is the long­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­ated in­de­pen­dent su­per­mar­ket on the Cen­tral Coast — lo­cally owned and op­er­ated. The store touts that it still bags your gro­ceries with a smile.

“We are your home- town su­per­mar­ket, serv­ing the Cen­tral Coast for three gen­er­a­tions.”

Cookie Crock started as a bak­ery in 1965 in Cam­bria, which ex­plains the ori­gin of its name.

JOHN LINDT

The Cookie Crock mar­ket in Morro Bay is one of two re­main­ing in San Luis Obispo County.

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