RIDGEFIELD — Buying groceries hasn’t been much of a trek for Tammy Swanson since she moved to Ridgefield about a year ago, but she’s still excited for the convenience brought on by Rosauers, the city’s new supermarket.
Swanson used to travel about 15 minutes to shop at Fred Meyer or Safeway in another city. Now she’s got a new 52,000-plus-square-foot store much closer.
“I can walk here,” Swanson said. “This is my grocery store.”
That’s how plenty of Ridgefield residents have felt since Rosauers opened Saturday. Ridgefield has been named the fastest-growing city in the state three times since 2015. Still, city officials couldn’t attract that elusive supermarket until the Port of Ridgefield locked down an agreement with Rosauers, a chain of grocery stores based in Spokane. The Ridgefield store is the first Rosauers west of the Cascade Range, according to Mike Myhre, district manager.
“The leadership of the town liked us, and we liked them,” Myhre said. “They’ve been looking for something to put here and thought we’d be a good fit. We agreed.”
Myhre got a front-row view of how excited people were for the supermarket on opening day, when he estimated more than 3,300-plus came out for the ribbon cutting and to shop.