Stores aim to fill gap left in wake of closure of market in Westport


Several Westport and Grayland stores are trying to pick up the slack in the wake of the recent closure of Ted’s Westport Market, formerly known as Ted’s Red Apple in Westport.

The market, at 108 S. Montesano St., disassociated from Red Apple late last year and was hurt by declining stock and a Facebook page protest that aimed at attracting a new grocer to town. It closed June 9.

The market is being foreclosed on by National Cooperative Bank, according to a notice in The Vidette. The market also has two outstanding tax warrants for a total of $54,000 filed by the state Department of Revenue recently in Grays Harbor Superior Court, spokeswoman Kim Schmanke said.

Co-owners Rick and Shawn Bridgeman could not be reached for comment. Red Apple Markets are independently owned.

“We are bringing more product trying to keep up,” Connie Seth, who has owned historic Grayland Grocery with husband Greg since 2007, said Tuesday. The grocery is among the oldest in the area, built in 1912, she said.

“We feel really badly for them,” added Seth.

Melanie Jones at The Hungry Whale, dockside in Westport, also reported stocking more groceries.

“We have increased our meat and produce orders substantially,” said Scott Oddy, owner of The Local Store in Grayland.

Owner Jack Jones of Twin Harbor Drugs in Westport said they now open on Sundays to “make sure people can get milk, a dozen eggs or wieners, whatever they need.” They also purchase produce when they can.

Several reminded that the fresh produce stand across from the Cranberry Road Winery will be open soon, possibly near the end of June.

“It’s a super inconvenience for everyone to not be able to purchase their food necessities in their hometown. I’m especially concerned for those with very limited funds and the many that don’t have personal transportation to travel,” said Westport Mayor Michael Bruce.

A lot of the locals began to head to Aberdeen to shop since stock had been dwindling on the market’s shelves, Westport Treasurer Margo Tackett said. The people it will also really affect are tourists and fishing vessels, she said.

“We are telling people if you are planning on camping or staying where you can cook, bring (groceries) with you, or stop in Aberdeen,” added Mark Cedergreen, executive director of the Westport Charterboat Assocation.

Commercial fishermen are sometimes transient and don’t have ground transportation and must find a local alternative or figure out a way to add an hour’s travel time, Cedergreen added.

Oddy said The Local Store is getting a lot of business from commercial fishing boats.

“I have high hopes that the Westport Market will reopen … we need to find an entrepreneur … to reestablish a grocery store to serve our community,” Bruce said. Cedergreen said he has heard there is interest in purchasing the market.

Mark Swanson, owner of Swanson’s Markets in Aberdeen, said he is not considering buying it for now. “I don’t even know who to talk to” since he heard it had been taken over by the bank, he said.

Oddy worked at Ted’s Market for 19 years. “It could be a good store again,” he said.

Local Options

Here is a listing of some of the local stores that are stocking fresh food and groceries.

The Hungry Whale, 360-268-0136,

1680 N. Montesano St., dockside

Open 4 a.m. Saturday &Sunday, 5 a.m. on weekdays,

Closed Friday and Saturday 11 p.m., Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday at 10 p.m.

Twin Harbor Drugs, 360-268-0505

733 N. Montesano

Open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grayland Grocery, 360-28-7274

1756 State Route 105

Open 7 days a week: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Local Store, Grayland, 360-267-5705

2815 State Route 105

Currently open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Erin Hart, 360-537-3932, ehart@thedailyworld.com. Twitter: @DW_Erin

 

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