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Our community is losing a long-time business that for many of us will feel like we’re losing a good friend. And like a good friend; it’s going to be missed and hard, if not impossible, to replace in our lives.

Vallerga’s Market is one of the businesses that helped make Napa Napa, a special place to live, work and raise a family.

I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to the Vallerga family and the many employees who have worked there over the years. I’ve had a unique relationship with the locally owned store: I was happy to support with my family’s personal grocery needs but also in a professional capacity as a chef at a winery in the valley for close to 30 years.

I came to rely upon the store to supply me with the products I needed to feed the many people who look forward to visiting our valley for the quality of our wines but also for the food that’s served with it.

Napa has changed dramatically from when Joe started his grocery store business 71 years ago on First Street where the CIA now stands. In this age of chain stores and shrinking margins, the reality is that it’s difficult for a locally owned grocery store to survive.

I compliment Joe, Ray, Chris and Bruce for being a part of our community for as long they did. I’ve been a regular customer ever since I moved here and I’ll miss shopping there. I wish nothing but the best to the many employees I came to associate with the high quality of the store and as valued members of our community.

Brian Streeter