Market's 14th location coming to Nyberg Rivers, finding ways to give back

The Tualatin Crawfish Festival has been through a lot in the past year. First, was an announcement it would not continue, then a new organizer stepped forward, and then more recently it gained a new presenting sponsor in New Seasons Market.

“We’re looking to reach out into the community and get to know folks and find out what they’re looking for out of a grocery store in that community... This is a great opportunity for us to meet people, ask questions, listen and reach out to a more broad scope of citizens, not just the business owners that we connected with initially,” said Scott Weseman, manager of New Seasons at Nyberg Rivers. “That’s the number one reason why we wanted to be a part of the Crawfish Festival.”

The locally driven and community service-focused grocery store will have a booth at the festival Aug. 1-3, where employees can talk to people, explain New Seasons’ mission, answer questions and listen to comments, Weseman said.

They want to hear from Tualatin citizens before opening, so they can begin learning what nonprofits would be good for them to support once the Nyberg Rivers store opens in October.

So far, the company has already been sponsoring both Concerts on the Commons and Movies on the Commons.

“The neighborhood and just even the broader community of Tualatin has just been amazing,” said community relations specialist Chenoa Philabaum. “It was just so affirming to be able to come into a community and have people know who you are, want you to be there and to just be excited about the community participation that you’ll be doing.”

In addition to looking for Tualatin-specific nonprofits and events to support, New Seasons has several legacy programs it brings to every location.

Some of these programs give money to local schools, and Nyberg Rivers marks the first time New Seasons will be able to support the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

While searching for the best ways to support the community, New Seasons at Nyberg Rivers is also searching for its employees.

Weseman anticipates hiring about 150 employees and hopes to find most of these in the Tualatin area. At the Crawfish Festival, information will be available about the New Seasons’ job fair, happening Aug. 7. Prospective employees can also apply online at

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