By Mike Harris – Special to The Alpine Mountaineer
Goodwin and Son’s Market has selected WSCS Design of Ontario as the architectural firm to create a new and better supermarket for Crestline, Mike Johnstone, Goodwin’s VP and general manager, told The Alpine Mountaineer.
“We’re really happy to now have the architectural team in place,” Johnstone explained. “They fit with our vision and our timeline of trying to open within 12 months of the roof collapse.”
The roof of Goodwin and Son’s Market completely caved in on March 1 from the massive amount of snow that collected on top of the building.
Owned by principal architect Wade Shuey, WSCS Design specializes in retail, commercial office, supermarket, industrial/warehouse, multi-family, home design and tenant improvement.
After initial conversations with the architectural firm, what narrowed the choice to WSCS Design was Shuey’s aggressiveness about meeting the Goodwin time line and his depth of knowledge about supermarket design.
“He was the most confident,” Johnstone said. “And they’ve done a lot of Vallarta Supermarkets and Cardenas Markets.”
Shuey and his team are local, being just down the hill, which is a plus for getting things going on the rebuild.
“Most of the other architectural forms were down in Newport Beach or other parts of Orange County,” Johnstone said. “He’s in Ontario. That means he’s less than an hour’s drive from us. Plus, his structural engineer lives in Lake Arrowhead.”
Johnstone added that the community won’t be seeing a lot of work right away.
“We’ll probably have maybe four months of planning, working with the county and getting permits,” he said.
Shuey and his engineering team will focus on making the new Goodwin’s Market structurally stronger to handle any future snowstorms, such as the series of storms that hit the Crestline community.
Johnstone also wants to assure the community that the same grocery store features will return, such as the bakery, the deli, the meat department, produce, the liquor department and the ice cream and hand-made candies section.
“We are ready to get the ball rolling,” Johnstone emphasized.