Opening delayed

Although the signs went up earlier this week, the McKay's Store in Harbor, outside of Brookings, will not open until late fall due to a delay in getting construction permits approved.

After initially planning to open this month, the McKay’s Market in Brookings will probably not open until late fall — October or November.

Chief Operating Officer Kevin Murray said the delay is due to difficulties in getting construction permits approved by the county. Despite the labor shortage locally, Murray said they have already received lots of interest from prospective employees, and about 30-40 applications. He said they plan to host a job fair once they get closer to the opening date.

The delay with McKay’s permit process could be due to a staffing shortage at the county building department, which is responsible for issuing building permits and reviewing construction plans.

In fact, the building department has temporarily closed down their office once a week on Fridays, specifically citing a shortage of staff.

Curry County Commissioner Chris Paasch confirmed the building department has had some recent changes in staff, and that they were short-handed “like many other places.”

Once they are clear of the permit process, Murray said they will open the Brookings store as soon as possible.

“We’re anxious to get there and start serving the people from the Brookings-Harbor area,” he said.

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