By Mike Harris – Special to the Alpine Mountaineer
Kirkley Corporation, based in Redlands, is the contractor who will be building the new roof for Crestline’s Goodwin and Son’s Market.
“Kirkley Corporation has been building grocery stores for over 30 years,” Mike Johnstone, vice president and general manager for Goodwin’s, told the Alpine Mountaineer. “They are known for quality work and being very efficient. Chris Kirkley, the owner, is passionate about the grocery business and has built or remodeled many grocery stores in Southern California.”
Johnstone added that the bidding to build a new roof for Goodwin’s Market was down to three bidders, with two of them based in Redlands.
“When our family looked at the three finalists, we decided to go with Kirkley because of their experience in building and remodeling grocery stores,” Johnstone added.
Incorporated in 1997, Kirkley has completed projects for Whole Foods, Gelsons, Smart & Final, Cardenas, Ralphs, Grocery Outlet, Food 4 Less, Rite Aid, Planet Fitness, Homegoods, Super King Markets, Northgate Markets, Vons, Starbucks and others.
“Chris Kirkley showed us that he is very focused on our project,” Johnstone said. “He told us he will be the project manager himself on building our new roof. This is his baby and he’ll see it through to the end. He’s taking it to heart.”
Demolition work began last week.
“His crew will be cutting out all the existing footings and getting ready to put in new footings,” Johnstone explained. “These will be some of the biggest footings he’s ever done, and they will be based on seismic and snow load.”
Johnstone said when the market was constructed in 1985, the county’s building code called for 75 pounds per square foot. Now the code is much higher, averaging up to 133 pounds per square foot.
“The plan is to have the roof completed by December of this year,” Johnstone stressed.
He added that the family wants to have the roof finished before winter snows appear.
Goodwin’s is still preparing its building permit application for the interior of the store, he added.
“We plan to start on the inside of the store by November, and have it completed by March 2024,” he said.