Letters to the Editor
I just read your piece on Lamb's. I am a 27-year customer and bummed that the store is closing. I am an artist and kid's confidence coach, so I wanted to do something to contribute. I was sad to see all the liquidation signs going up. It feels like a slow death with the shelves emptying and fewer employees there each day. So, I created a customer's corner yesterday. All of us longtime customers can come in and write a thank you to the devoted staff.
Lamb's isn't the cheapest store in our area, but we all go there because of the neighborhood/community feeling and because of the employees who worked there for decades.
In all the coverage of the Bales' & Lamb's closures in the last few weeks, one detail keeps puzzling me: while the community persists in referring to those stores by the "Thriftway" name, in fact I don't believe any of them had actually been using that name in the last several years. This is in fairly sharp contrast to what I recall, growing up here in Oregon, as far as the Thriftway market presence, the Thriftway alliance was one of the three or four largest presences in any given local grocery market, right alongside Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons. Beaverton proper had as many as four Thriftways at one point.
I don't think anyone has yet fully connected the dots on the local retail front: We've seen a number of long-standing grocery closures here on the west side — Hank's stores (also Thriftways) in the Hillsboro area, Albertson's in the Peterkort center at Cedar Mill, Safeway and Zupan's in Raleigh Hills, now the Signature group's four stores — but almost none of the closed spaces has reopened as grocers, and several still sit empty; the Peterkort complex in particular is looking rather forlorn at present.
John C. Bunnell
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