New Seasons sets Nov. 9 opening date for store

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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Portland-based organic grocery chain New Seasons Market is set to open its first Vancouver store at 8 a.m. Nov. 9 and will hold grand opening festivities at 10 a.m.

New Seasons will be in a 42,000-square-foot store space formerly occupied by an Albert-sons in the Fisher’s Landing Marketplace retail center on the northwest corner of Southeast 164th Avenue and McGillivray Boulevard. New Seasons and Tualatin, Ore.-based Gramor Development invested between $4.5 million and $5 million to renovate the center, which the company co-owns with Steve Oliva, owner of Vancouver-based Hi School Pharmacy.

The new store will employ 170 people, including about 85 employees hired at the company’s Vancouver job fair in September, according to a company press release. Of the 170 employees, 115 are residents of Southwest Washington.

Popular with affluent consumers, New Seasons Market carries specialty organics, health foods and gourmet take-out items.

Editor's note: This story contains a correction. Fisher's Landing Marketplace is co-owned by Gramor Development and Steve Oliva.