The Granary is For Sale
Owners Scott and Kim Thomas are "hoping to find someone with fresh vison" to take over Watkinsville's first bakery and bulk food store.
A "Business For Sale" sign is posted just outside the entrance of The Granary in downtown Watkinsville, but at the moment, it's business as usual.
Owners Scott and Kim Thomas opened the bakery and bulk food store at the end of March 2009 after their homemade breads and sticky buns were big hits at the Oconee Farmers Market during the 2008 season. Though they've enjoyed running the business for the last three years, they say the time has come to pass on The Granary to someone else.
"We've enjoyed the adventure of starting something brand new and watching it take shape," Kim Thomas said. "It's been a family project, too, so we've all kind of chipped in and this is what we've created." She gestured to the shelves lined with items like spices, fresh peanut butter, beans, whole grains and coffee.
But the family's going in different directions now, she explained.
"Our oldest daughter married a year ago and she's in Pennsylvania, my second daughter is leaving to go help my sister on her farm and my son's going to be going to college soon, so it seems like a time to let somebody else jump in."
In a letter to store patrons and potential buyers, the couple writes,
"The Granary has served our family very well these past 3 years. It has provided employment for 3 of our kids as they attended college and high school. It was our family's sole source of income for a little over 2 years and allowed us to meet hundreds our our Watkinsville neighbors, many of whom have become great friends...
...We're hoping to find someone with fresh vision for this business and a desire to continue providing a wide variety of bulk foods and fresh breads to the community."
For now the business is maintaining the same hours of operation. Anyone interested in potentially taking over ownership is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.