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Finally official: New Seasons IS coming to Woodstock

Rumors previously reported in THE BEE that New Seasons Markets was planning to open a grocery store on Woodstock Boulevard have now been confirmed – with the demolition of existing buildings at 4500, 4506, and 4512 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard to begin in July.

In an early January announcement, New Seasons described its plans to build a three-level 25,000-square-foot store – designed by Portland-based LRS Architects – on the Southeast corner of 45th Avenue and Woodstock, where Wood Pro Beauty used to be, and extending east along the boulevard to, but not including, the building where Red Fox Vintage is now located.

While Wood Pro Beauty Center never thrived and closed its doors some time ago, Putter's Bar and Grill and Woodstock Wellness Center intend to stay in business, and will have to relocate after May, and the latter’s parking lot will also disappear. That means the new Woodstock Neighborhood Association mural on Red Fox Vintage’s west wall, reported upon in the last issue of THE BEE, may now have to be repainted, according to Erin Beauchamp, co-owner of Red Fox Vintage.

“We’re going to have a sit-down with New Seasons about the mural,” Beauchamp told us. “To the best of my knowledge, New Seasons will make it right.”

by: MERRY MACKINNON - Red Fox Vintage Co-Owner Erin Beauchamp tells THE BEE that shes excited about New Seasons coming to Woodstock. The new market will be adjacent to her store on Woodstock Boulevard.Beauchamp says three options will be discussed concerning the mural: (1) to repaint it on Red Fox Vintage’s east-side wall; (2) to repaint it on New Seasons’ exterior wall, or (3) to somehow make the existing mural visible to shoppers inside the New Seasons building.

Either way, Beauchamp remarks that she’s excited about New Seasons coming to the neighborhood. “I think it will bring a lot of new people to the boulevard, and will affect our business in a positive way.”

Parking for 56 cars will be provided under the New Seasons building, while the street level will have covered parking for bikes. The rooftop will feature a semi-enclosed dining area. Inside will be the organic produce, sustainably-produced meat and fish, artisan cheeses, the full-service deli, and other offerings that make New Seasons' markets so popular elsewhere, according to store management.

New Seasons will lease the site from local owner and developer John Reinholt of Woodstock Retail II, LLC. According to Beauchamp, the building housing Red Fox Vintage was also considered for the New Seasons site, but the owner of the building turned down the offer.

“We have a good lease; we’ll be here for years, and I’m excited about New Seasons,” Beauchamp says.

New Seasons in Woodstock is predicted to open mid-August of 2015. Meanwhile, New Seasons reports that it will be hiring scores of new employees for the Woodstock store.