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North Albany market: An update

Written March 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The place won’t look this empty much longer. A new supermarket will open this summer.

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)

 

 

 

 



7 responses to “North Albany market: An update”

  1. Reid Davis says:

    Who is the architect?

  2. Grace Peterson says:

    This is such great news. Thank you for the update!

  3. Tim says:

    When this store was Ray’s Market it felt small compared to other grocers and I felt the selection was limited. Is the developer planning to put a grocer, hardware store, bank branch and pharmacy in the same footprint as the previous Ray’s? Or will these be in adjacent space?

    • Compared to the market it served, the store was too big. And did have a pharmacy and a bank in it. As I understand it, two-thirds of the space will be the store, and the rest plus outdoor space will be Ace. (hh)

  4. hj.anony1 says:

    I appreciate the update HH. I look forward to spending some hard earned cash there when they open. Probably not day one but soon after.

 

 
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