Cannon Beach now has a full-service grocery store, Fresh Foods Cannon Beach.
City officials, Chamber of Commerce directors, local businesspeople, architects and neighbors joined Fresh Foods owners and staff Wednesday morning to celebrate the market’s opening with a ribbon-cutting.
“It’s a big day for the Fresh Foods family,” co-owner Jon Welsh said to the crowd. “We wanted to bring something special to Cannon Beach. This is your store.”
Now that Fresh Foods is open, Cannon Beach resident Krista Tye is excited to have a grocery store she can walk or bike to, instead of driving to Seaside for groceries.
“It’s fantastic,” she said.
Shopper Andrea Congdon, visiting from Redmond, Washington, with her family, has many food sensitivities and was “very happy” to see a store offering gluten-and dairy-free products.
“We’ve been coming to Cannon Beach for years,” she said. “This has all the food we like to eat.”
The 10,000-square-foot building — which cost about $4 million, co-owner James Welsh said, has high ceilings, ample natural light from windows and interior and exterior wood.
Produce, dairy, meat, frozen and dry foods, health and beauty products and a large wine and beer selection filled the aisles. The market serves Sleepy Monk coffee at its corner coffee shop. Hot sandwiches and soups are coming soon.
The store has about 25 employees. The store’s compensation package made finding qualified workers less difficult than expected, Jon Welsh said, though some turned down the job due to having a difficult time finding housing.
Welsh said it was “a relief” to be open and they will keep refining the store and tailoring products.
“The chamber did a great job in analyzing the market,” Welsh said, adding that the owners also applied what they learned from opening Manzanita Fresh Foods store years ago. “We’re glad the reception from the city has been overwhelmingly positive.”
After the ribbon-cutting, the chamber presented the store with a welcome plaque.
“Fresh Foods will be a wonderful addition to Cannon Beach,” chamber Executive Director Court Carrier said. “It is amazing to see this come to fruition.”