New Seasons announces next store in Northeast Portland
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
New Seasons' Lisa Sedlar said she's pleased to develop a store at a long-vacant site.
New Seasons Market announced Thursday morning plans for its 13th store to open in the Eliot Neighborhood in Northeast Portland next year.
The store will be a 30,000 square-foot grocery store that will employ 150 people and bring a grocery store to an area that the city had identified as a "food desert" — a neighborhood without easy access to a nearby grocery store.
The site, within the city's Interstate Urban Renewal District, is bounded by Northeast Fremont Street to the north, North Vancouver Avenue to the west, Northeast Cook Street to the south, and North Williams Avenue to the east, all within the city’s Interstate Urban Renewal District.
Roger Collins of Ivy Street Partners is developing a 155-unit mixed-use project at North Interstate and Skidmore, which is expected to break ground this spring. New Seasons will partner with Ivy Street to develop the long-vacant, nearly three-acre site is commonly known as the "Bakery Blocks," the former home of Interstate Bakeries.
No date has been set for a groundbreaking but New Seasons said they expect the store will open in 2013.
The store has keen interest from Portland's biking community as the Vancouver-Williams bike corridor has emerged as a vital link for two-wheeled commuters.
Jonathan Maus at BikePortland.org, posted renderings of the store on his site earlier this week.
"We are excited to convert this long-vacant site, which is walking and biking distance of homes, schools, offices and transit, into a lively spot that we hope will add to the neighborhood’s vitality," said Lisa Sedlar, president and CEO of New Seasons Market, in a press release.
In 2011, New Seasons opened its 10th, 11th and 12th stores, including its first in Vancouver in October.
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