The doors to Hazel Dell's new Grocery Outlet Bargain Market opened Thursday to its first patrons, in a shopping space that's been dormant for more than six years.
The store's soft opening is dress rehearsal for an 8 a.m. Saturday grand opening for the 22,000-square-foot store, now open in a remodeled portion of the former Albertsons store in the Northgate Village Shopping Center on the northeast corner of Hazel Dell Avenue and Northeast 99th Street. The store underwent a $3 million remodel, an investment shared by the Berkeley, Calif.-based chain and owners of the shopping center, HSP Properties in Vancouver and Gramor Development of Tualatin, Ore.
Grocery Outlet is a chain of more than 175 independently operated stores in six Western states. Two other Clark County stores are in Camas at 3308 N.E. Third Ave. and Vancouver at 5800 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
Saturday's event will include drawings, games and prizes, said Amy Snook, the store's owner, who has hired a staff of 33 employees for the market.
"We'll have some fun events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (on Saturday)," she said.
The new Grocery Outlet will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Northgate Village also is home to several other businesses, including a Dollar Tree store, a Neighborhood Pet Clinic, and a KinderCare child care center. Dutch Bros. Coffee also plans to open a new drive-through coffee stand at the center.