Yuba City Food Mart Owner Looks to Revamp Business’ Image

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food martYUBA CITY—

Candy, sunglasses – all things you’d expect to find in a convenience store. But at the 76 Food Mart in Yuba City, don’t expect to buy liquor.

“The ABC posted a notice of suspension for 30 days and indefinitely hereafter,” said John Carr with California Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The liquor license suspension against the stores previous owner was the result of a large marijuana grow that was found in the back room six months ago.

“There was a wall that sealed off the rest of the storage,” said Rhonda Jones, the store’s new owner.

92 plants were found and the operation was linked to three other grows across town. The store’s owner later put the mini mart up for sale, and Sutter County asked Jones, a local business woman, to take over.

“We kind of knew that something could happen to their license due to things that occurred in the past,” Jones said.

Long before the signs even went up, Jones put alcohol sales on hold. She says she’s revamped the 76 Food Mart and hopes to give it a new reputation.

“The whole reason we came in was to get the business up and running. We cleaned up, operated and brought new life to the whole business,” Jones said.

Still, she can’t believe what this place once hid behind its walls.

“My family has been delivering here for 20 years and we didn’t have any idea.”

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