Like Rome, which wasn’t built in a day, the new North Albany grocery store is taking a while to come into being. But visible progress is being made.
The latest sign: A new automatic door has been installed on the side of the building that will house the new store in the North Albany Village. As I understand it, this will allow access to the outdoor portion of the Ace Hardware store that will share the inside space with the market. (When I checked Monday night, a similar door in the front wall had yet to be finished.)
Meanwhile, the Albany Building Division on June 28 received a building permit application to renovate the former Ray’s Food Store “for a new operator,” as the city’s online shorthand put it.
The new operator is The Myers group, based in the Seattle area, and the building division calls the store the “Myers Grocery,” though I suspect that won’t be the actual name of the place.
The applicant for the building permit is Portland architect Terry Novak. The city’s online file said Tuesday night that the permit was still being reviewed. It didn’t say what was taking so long.
At last report, people involved told me the company was hoping to open the store in September. Whether that’s realistic, we’ll have to wait to find out. (hh)