Historic Oakville Grocery saved from Bankruptcy by Leslie Rudd
Oakville Grocery is a hallmark of Napa Valley’s wine country. Since 1881, locals and tourists alike have enjoyed its gourmet food for lunches and picnics on lazy wine country afternoons. But recent cash-flow problems threatened the chain, and rumors flew of bankruptcy.
The three Oakville Grocery stores were about to close when Leslie Rudd, of Rudd Vineyards, stepped in to lend the company enough money to keep them afloat until a deal was struck.
Rudd and an unidentified buyer are now working through paperwork to make the Oakville Grocery chain theirs. The store on Highway 29 is one of 73 Napa County sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is on the list of protected structures starting in 1993.
Rudd said, “I love the history surrounding this beloved Napa Valley brand. I want to see the 1881 building refurbished and the brand thriving once again…My intention is to maintain Oakville Grocery as a separate brand and to recreate as much as possible the historic feel and experience that has made it a ‘must stop’ for Napa Valley visitors.”