Looking at the hundreds of spaces at the North Albany Village shopping center, you’d think parking is never a problem. But then you’re likely not one of the patients at Albany Dialysis, the local branch of the nationwide Fresenius medical company.
Every few days, Google Mail brings a question like this one on Thursday: “Do you know the status of the grocery store that is supposed to come to North Albany Village? Is it still coming?” As far as I can tell the answer is yes, but the process is slow.
The new supermarket and hardware store planned for North Albany Village will open this spring, perhaps as early as May 1. That’s the hope of Tyler Myers, president of The Myers Group, who called me from Seattle Thursday to confirm the plans for what will be his company’s first store in Oregon.
It’s not as though residents of Greater Albany have no place to buy groceries. Nobody is wasting away, getting down to skin and bones because there’s nowhere to buy food. Still, people keep wondering about what’s going on with two former supermarkets and one being planned. So I checked.
One day soon it may be easier for North Albany residents with kidney disease to get their blood cleansed than to shop for groceries close to home. Ray’s Food Store in the North Albany Village shopping center closed in January 2014, and still there is no imminent prospect for a replacement supermarket. But across the parking lot […]