New Seasons Market is opening a new branch in St. Johns. From the press release:
Locally owned and operated New Seasons Market announced today that it plans to open a 25,000-‐square-‐foot grocery store at the southeast corner of N. Lombard Street and N. Westanna Avenue in spring 2016. The new store will serve the neighborhoods of St. Johns, University Park, Portsmouth, Cathedral Park and New Columbia.The new North Portland New Seasons Market will create 150 jobs, with the goal of hiring as many staff as possible from the immediate community.“Year after year, this has been one of our most requested potential neighborhoods. It took us a little while to find the right location, and it’s exciting to say that now we have,” said Wendy Collie, president and CEO of New Seasons Market. “We have long-standing partnerships with nonprofits and neighborhood advocates in this part of North Portland, and we know that the communities who make their home on the peninsula are truly unique and share our value of building community, celebrating great local food and taking care of one another. We are looking forward to deepening our relationships and serving our new neighbors.”New Seasons Market has worked for years with Village Gardens’ Food Works and community gardens programs, as well as with the St. Johns Farmers Market, helping the nonprofits increase access to locally produced and nutritious food. New Seasons Market also sponsors the Sauvie Island Center summer camp series, which helps area children learn how to cook what they grow.“Celebrating community is in our DNA. One of the things I am most excited about is the opportunity for New Seasons Market to become part of the fabric of the neighborhood,” said Collie. “The store will not only be a place for great food; we hope it will also become a place where neighbors catch up over a cup of coffee, laugh together during book club or work together in a neighborhood meeting.”Shoppers at the new store will be able to count on knowledgeable and friendly staff; a mix of organic and conventional foods; and regionally sourced meats, seafood and produce. The store will also offer a full-service deli, plus hundreds of bulk itemsand a wellness department staffed by experts on health and body care.Additional elements, unique to the needs of the community, will be identified as the store is developed.The store has been designed with several sustainable features such as a continuous green canopy running along N.Lombard Street and a green roof over the outside deli seating area. New Seasons Market will lease the site from Northwest-based Deacon Development Group. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in spring 2015, with an anticipated store opening the following year.