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A place for Arch Cape to gather

Former deli to grow big
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 8, 2017 7:25AM

Arch Cape post office and store, 1942, courtesy of “Arch Cape Chronicles,” by David and Alma English.

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Arch Cape post office and store, 1942, courtesy of “Arch Cape Chronicles,” by David and Alma English.

Arch Cape post office and store, 1946, courtesy of “Arch Cape Chronicles,” by David and Alma English.

Submitted photo

Arch Cape post office and store, 1946, courtesy of “Arch Cape Chronicles,” by David and Alma English.


Plans are in motion to revamp the former Arch Cape Deli and Grocery into a community gathering space, restaurant and deli.

A land use compatibility statement has been submitted as one of the early steps in renovating the deli and grocery store which closed in 2011.

The original building, built in 1939, served as a general store before being rebuilt and expanded into the post office and grocery store many people visited on a daily basis as the community hub since 1960.

“I believe both as a resident and a business person it will be a vital addition to the Arch Cape community. We all miss not having grocery and deli to fill in our last minute needs,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Court Carrier said.

In June, project managers held a community meeting to discuss the idea, and Carrier said everyone who attended seemed supportive.

“It’s badly wanted and needed. The plans they are articulating are really bringing some services back in the community again. Everyone seems to be very positive about it, and it seems like (Coleman) has good plans and intends to do this right.”

For the past few years, property owner Butch Coleman has been purchasing surrounding properties and rezoning the area to prepare for breaking ground on a 6,000-square-foot multi-use space, said Vito Cerelli, the lead designer for the project from O’Brien & Company.

In addition to restoring the deli, the vision for the new Arch Cape Deli and Grocery includes incorporating a new restaurant called the Tunnel Cafe, a bakery, adding space that can be rented for meetings or events, and the possibility of post office boxes.

“We want to bring back a community building to the area,” Cerelli said, who grew up in Arch Cape. “The deli served as community gathering spot. Arch Cape is mostly residential, so (Coleman) really wanted to create a space for the local community.”

While the inspiration for the project is drawn from creating something for the community, Cerelli said he and Coleman also see the project’s highly visible location off Highway 101 as a benefit to draw in travelers, as well.

Designs and details are still evolving, but Cerelli said from a design perspective people should expect a large, Pacific Northwest-style timber lodge.

“Every detail of the building is a natural timber look,” Cerelli said. “There will be lots of exposed timber — all the siding is being custom milled for the project.”

After the county reviews the application, a public hearing will be held to discuss the project later this year, Cerelli said. Coleman and Cerelli hope to be breaking ground sometime next year.



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