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Bi-Mart granted building permit

Company officials don't have opening date yet, but site work at proposed location is under way

Site clearing work at the lot that is slated to house a new 32,120 square-foot Bi-Mart store on the east end of Scappoose, at Southeast 2nd Street and Havlik Drive, is under way.

COURTNEY VAUGHN - Dump trucks deliver gravel to a site on Southeast 2nd Street Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Scappoose, where a Bi-Mart store was approved for development.

Laurie Oliver, the city's associate city planner, confirmed that the retail chain was issued a building permit last week by the city, after getting a grading permit earlier this summer.

News of the company's intent to build a new store in Scappoose came in mid-2014, when officials from the company met with members of the Scappoose Building Department.

A Bi-Mart Corporation representative declined to give an estimated completion date for the new building, but confirmed the company is developing the site, which sits directly across from the Les Schwab Tire Center in Scappoose, for development of a retail store in-line with the company's 75 other discount general goods and pharmacy retail stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

On average, Bi-Mart employs about 35 full-time people, but typically hires about 20 temporary employees around the time of a new store's opening, Angie Robinson, the corporation's director of human resources, said Thursday.

Cashiers typically earn $10 to $14.35 per hour, with hourly supervisors making up to $15.85 per hour, Robinson said.

Bi-Mart is employee-owned and offers health benefits, 401K retirement packages and stock options to its employees.

The site is currently being prepared for development. Dump trucks maneuvered around the lot Wednesday, Sept. 9, delivering gravel to the commercial pad.

“They seem to be moving fairly quickly now that permits are in hand,” Oliver stated via email.

Once completed, the Bi-Mart store will be one of the most significant increases in retail development in Scappoose. The development comes amid the city's efforts to bolster its economic growth.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the mayor announced the formation of a citizen-based economic development committee.