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IGA opening date is in sight

Written March 31st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Looking through the doors of the not-quite-ready North Albany IGA on Saturday, March 31.

The company preparing to open the North Albany IGA supermarket — long awaited by many North Albany residents — has been quiet about the opening date, but the word downtown is that it will be April 18.

Downtown? Yes, at the downtown liquor store, which has been licensed to The Myers Group of Clinton, Wash., since last year. That’s the company that’s been working since early 2017 to get the new supermarket ready to open at the North Albany Village shopping center.

As I reported when the OLCC transferred the store’s license to the new operator in August, the downtown liquor outlet will move to a spot inside the supermarket.

Albany City Manager Peter Troedsson reported the market’s apparent opening date to the city council in his regular Friday summary of noteworthy items. How did he know?

He told me he was talking to the staff at the liquor store about their coming move across the river. “I asked about a time frame,” Troedsson said, “and they indicated they’d close on April 15, move, and be ready for the opening on April 18.”

Hoping to confirm the date, I texted Tyler Myers, president of the Washington-based chain of groceries and other stores. But he didn’t respond in time for this story.

People peering through the glass doors in the front of the store — as I did Saturday afternoon — can see that some of the shelves in the back appear to have been stocked with items with a long shelf life. But there also appears to be a lot of work yet to be done in order for the doors to open at last. (hh)



4 responses to “IGA opening date is in sight”

  1. Ray Kopczynski says:

    “But there also appears to be a lot of work yet to be done in order for the doors to open at last.”

    Having helped open several brand new JCPenney, almost 3 weeks to complete should be ample time to finish based on the photo you show. Yes, much more than normal 8-hour days and it’s real organized chaos, but it get done. Fun times. :-)

  2. James Engel says:

    Moving more like a herd of frantic turtles I’d say. Is this crew related to those resting on their collective shovels fiddle farting around getting the down town put back together??!!

    It’s a matter of rotten tomato’s that there will be a “garden store” associated with the ACE Hardware. Kind of a shame as the very close by Tom’s has done so much to build up their area & provide great service. Has H. H. forgotten the grief caused to Tom when that seasonal garden shop opened up on the old Safeway lot….with NO license/permits several years before he moved to N. Albany!! Too much competition isn’t always a good thing. Ace doesn’t have a thing over Home Depot!

  3. Dick Olsen says:

    If you want really good reasonably priced hardware try McDonalds on 1st st. just west of the truck eating railroad trestle.

  4. centrist says:

    Yup HD has lots of stuff. It’s close to what I need, but falls short because they only carry what sells in volume. Spoiled by Coast-to-Coast and Western Auto , then Ace and True Value.
    I remember asking at McDonald if there was a real hardware in Albany (when they were basically nuts/bolts/fasteners) and getting a head shake. They’re trying and worth a look.
    My gold-standard for hardware is Robnett in Corvallis, since 1966

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