It won’t be a quick conversion to renovate the former Ray’s Food Place location at 906 Chetco Ave. in Brookings, into a new Grocery Outlet location.
Shane Navarro, of Allied Roofing and Construction, LLC, the main contractor for the project, said much work has to be completed.
“We demolished the whole interior,” he said. "We are grinding the floors, framing, putting up sheet rock, adding new refrigerators, new roofing, and paving the parking lot.”
Navarro said the building renovation could be completed by spring. Grocery Outlet has not yet formally announced a specific opening date for the new store location.
In an article published last October, The Pilot confirmed that Grocery Outlet would be relocating from its current location at 16261 South Highway 101 in Harbor to the Chetco Ave. in that article, Grocery Outlet co-owner Lori Panter said. “We are projected to open in early 2020.”
The Ray’s building, which housed the original store in the Ray’s grocery chain, has been vacant since November 2016.
Grocery Outlet has 270+ independently operated stores in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington, according to the company's website.
There is no official word yet about what businesses are considering the space at the Harbor location once Grocery Outlet relocates.
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