OROVILLE — When uncle and nephew Mitch and George Dorghalli, owners of Gold City Market, opened their store earlier this month, they say they saved the property from the vacant eyesore that used to be there.
“There were broken windows and doors and homeless people were living here,” Mitch Dorghalli said. “We cleaned it up and fixed it.”
Now the store is clean and bright and houses many types of liquor, beer, wine, and lottery tickets, as well as groceries such as soda, dairy, cereal, frozen food , dog and cat food, fresh produce, cleaning products, toilet paper, garbage bags, ice packs, sweets and even organic products like honey and organic pasta.
Grocery, liquor and lotteries have a prime location at the corner of Montgomery St. and Feather River Blvd. and are located at 1275 Blvd. Feather River.
The Dorgallis plan to reopen their market in Berry Creek in April. Their old market at Berry Creek burned down in the North Complex fires.
So far, business in Oroville has gone well.
“Thank God it’s good,” said Mitch Dorghalli.
Mitch Dorghalli said the store, which is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, sees the most customers in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“We may start closing at 11 p.m. in the future,” said George Dorgalli.
Mitch Dorghalli said the roof was fixed and “everything is nice, clean and shiny”.
He said there was also a brand new air conditioner.
Mitch Dorghalli said he and his nephew have a good working relationship. “We work hand in hand and we get along well,” said Mitch Dorghalli.
The men also own a small thrift store called Rabbit Hole, which was opened Dec. 1 by owner Amy Clawson. The thrift store is located in the same building as Gold City Market.
“The business just kept growing and getting better and better,” Clawson said. “We sell everything from clothes, toys, shoes, furniture, tools and collectibles, for example.”
Clawson has a very good relationship with the Dorghallis.
“They are great guys. Couldn’t ask for better owners,” Clawson said. “I have never owned a business before and they have been supportive and helpful every step of the way.”