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Portland Tribune: Natural Grocers Commits To Controversial Portland Site

Pamplin Media Group | Aug. 28, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Portland

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The future site of Natural Grocers, on NE MLK Jr. Blvd & Alberta St. in Portland.

The future site of Natural Grocers, on NE MLK Jr. Blvd & Alberta St. in Portland.

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This fall, work will begin on a new grocery store to be located in Northeast Portland.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Kemper Isely, co-president of Natural Grocers, announced Thursday that property owned by the Portland Development Commission at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alberta Street will be the site for a new community-centric grocery store that focuses on free nutrition education and healthy food.

Three months ago, Mayor Hales and PDC staff urged the project developer, Majestic Realty Co., to remain committed to the project and to find another anchor tenant for the 1.79-acre property, following the decision by Trader Joe’s not to locate a store on the site.

“The challenges this development has faced have been well documented,” Mayor Hales said. “But thanks to the determination of the public and private partners involved, we’re now able to present a development that will benefit the residents of Northeast Portland, support neighboring businesses, introduce Portlanders to a high quality, affordable grocer and revitalize a parcel of land that has sat dormant for 15 years.”

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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