Preparations for a long-awaited new supermarket in the North Albany Village shopping center are coming along, and the owners are shooting for opening it this summer -- they hope by June.
Tyler Myers, president of The Myers Group, told me this morning his company has been making "good progress" in planning for the new store, which will open in the space left vacant when Ray's Food Store closed in December 2013.
The 30,000-square-foot market will occupy most of the interior space, and the rest will house an Ace hardware store. In addition, Myers said today, the store will have a pharmacy. He's still working on "something else," which he said might well be a bank branch.
Myers told me most of the store equipment is already in the building. His company has been working on the architectural plans for the inside of the space and is about to file them for a permit with the Albany building division.
Meanwhile, the Portland architect for the shopping center development company filed, on March 6, for a permit for "tenant improvements" including two new doors, a new exterior slab and fence (presumably to accommodate the outdoor section of the Ace operation), and upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That's according to a notation in the building's division's website.
I asked Myers what the new store will be called. "Good question," he said. He hasn't settled on a name but said it will surely have North Albany in it, like North Albany Market.
To potential customers in North and Central Albany, the name may matter less than the ability to go shopping without having to drive miles out of their way. (hh)