DAVID F. ASHTON - On the top deck, and around the outside and inside the new Woodstock New Seasons Store, workers are making it ready for its mid-October debut.Workers were scurrying about as THE BEE arrived for our interview. They were outside, inside, and on the top of the building that will soon open as the new Woodstock New Seasons Market. Its doors are slated to open to the public on Wednesday, October 21.

Store Manager Mark Feuerborn stood outside the building, looking at the artists reproducing the mural that had recently adorned the west wall of Red Fox Vintage, but which is now covered by the new market. “As the banner hanging on the front says, ‘The mural will return’,” Feuerborn smiled.

As a 15 year veteran of the company, starting as “front end manager” at the Sellwood store, Feuerborn sdtold THE BEE, “I am very excited about the opening of the new store. We have a store that is going to serve the Woodstock community well, we feel.

“We’ve got great products we’re moving in to meet the community’s needs,” Feuerborn continued. “We start off by bringing in our top-selling items, and then we listen to our community to discover what they’re looking for – what products that they think will be valuable in the community.”

Speaking with evident pride, Feuerborn pointed out that the retailer is certified as a “B-Corp”. “We’re one of the first grocery stores in the country to be certified under that program. This refers to how we handle our waste, how we handle and deal with the community, and how we proceed with community involvement, and how we take care of our staff – these things are all important to the certification. It means a lot to us.”

With approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space, the store will offer a number of hot and cold prepared foods, as well as frozen and packaged and refrigerated goods.

“And, we have a fairly large roof area where people can either sit undercover, or under the sky – it’s a very family-friendly kind of environment up there,” Feuerborn said.

There is basement parking lot under the store, with 59 parking spaces, accessed from a driveway on the south side of the building, on S.E. Martins Street.

“The community aspect of what we do is so important to us,” Feuerborn said. “Each of our stores has a unique community appeal. This store will be no different.” New Seasons plans a variety of promotions around the scheduled store opening.

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