Natural Grocers company, based in Lakewood, Colo., has decided not to open a new store in the old Hood River News building, 419 State St., according to Pamela Lipshitz, director of Public Relations for Natural Grocers. The store was due to open this July or August, and would have been their 15th Oregon store. They have stores in Gresham, Portland and Bend. Natural Grocers would have provided a store with natural and organic options within the downtown neighborhood area, bringing the building back to its original use in the 1950s, when it was the Safeway grocery store.
The building is owned by Eagle Newspapers, Inc., in Salem. It currently has two tenants: A Kidz Dental Zone and Amerititle. The new grocery store had plans for a 16,000 square foot renovation for the existing building, with limited site work.