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    6A • May 8, 2015 | Cannon Beach Gazette | cannonbeachgazette.com
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Jon, Tim and
James Welsh
hope to open
fresh foods
outlet
By Erick Bengel
Cannon Beach Gazette
The owners of Manzani-
ta Fresh Foods plan to open
a grocery store in Tolovana
within one year.
Jon Welsh, his brother,
Tim Welsh, and their father,
James Welsh, purchased a va-
cant lot of 0.56 acres at 3401
South Hemlock St. on April
17, according to Cole Horse-
ly, of Kamali Southeby’s In-
ternational Real Estate. The
site is across the street from
the Tolovana Inn and near
the on-ramp to U.S. Highway
101.
The Welshes, who have
been planning the new out-
let for about eight months,
recently tore down an old
abandoned building on the
site that housed a Mexican
Brush
fire likely
‘caused by
humans’
Cannon Beach Fire
and Rescue extinguished
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mately 8 feet wide by 50
yards long in the woods
east of Haystack Heights
at about 3 p.m. May 2,
Fire Chief Mike Balzer
said.
Because the area is
within the Oregon De-
partment of Forestry’s
jurisdiction, ODF crews
showed up, but the eight
crew members of CBFR
who responded had al-
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said.
Though the cause
is unknown, CBFR
is “pretty sure it was
caused by humans,”
he said. Because of the
dry weather conditions,
“people have to pay at-
tention when they’re out
there.” No injuries were
reported.
restaurant years ago, they
said.
As early as January 2016
and as late as March 2016,
the Welshes hope to build a
9,000-square-foot full-service
grocery store that offers con-
ventional food yet specializes
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ral, organic and gluten-free à
la New Seasons, they said.
The Welsh brothers said
they came to recognize that
natural food is where the gro-
cery industry is headed.
They plan to have a meat
department, produce de-
partment, a dairy section, a
whole foods section, a health
and beauty section, a section
for “quality wines and craft
beer,” a deli that sells soups
and sandwiches, a juice bar
with a coffee kiosk and an
inside seated area for eating,
they said.
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sist of a 1,000-square foot
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Vito Cerelli, the building de-
signer from O’Brien & Com-
pany.
For the moment, their
working business name is
“Fresh Foods,” the Welshes
said.
Cerelli is scheduled to
bring the grocery store’s de-
sign plans before Cannon
Beach’s Design Review
Board on May 21.
The design plans place the
rectangular store on the north
side of the side, the parking
lot on the south side. The
store’s exterior will consist
of metal siding and vertical
and horizontal cedar siding,
Cerelli said.
Over in Manzanita
Meanwhile, Manzanita
Fresh Foods continues to
show good growth, they
said. The Welshes’ intro-
duction of natural and or-
ganic product lines last
year is “really paying div-
idends,” Tim Welsh said.
“Customers are happy,
sales are growing,” which
has allowed them to pursue
the opportunity in Cannon
Beach, he said.
Last summer, the Welshes
dissolved their relationship
with the Independent Grocers
Alliance (IGA), a trade orga-
nization that, the family felt,
was not acting progressively
enough in the industry.
“We feel the direction
we’ve decided to go has
struck a chord with custom-
ers,” Jon Welsh said.
James Welsh said they
anticipate employing 20 to
25 employees at the store,
“which I believe will be
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to the economy of Cannon
Beach.”
He added that they will
also be looking to hire peo-
ple prior to opening “Fresh
Foods” to work at the Man-
zanita store, “so that, when
we open the doors in Can-
non Beach, we will have a
crew of employees that can
just pick right up from Day
1 in the operation of the new
store.”
One of the things the
Welshes pride themselves on,
Tim Welsh said, is that “we
feel we treat our employees
pretty good. We ask a lot,
to be honest. We don’t feel
we’re unreasonable in our
expectations, but we feel we
compensate pretty well.”
Author Don Waters to speak at Cannon Beach Library
Don Waters, author of
“Sunland,” will be the
May speaker at the Cannon
Beach Library’s North-
west Author series, Satur-
day, May 9 at 2 p.m., at the
library. There is no charge
and the public is welcome.
“Sunland” is the story
of a mid-30s man between
jobs and short on funds,
who moves back to Tuscon
to take care of his beloved
grandmother. Finding his
grandmother’s pharmacy
drugs much cheaper across
the border, he becomes a
prescription drug mule,
and in doing so, this book
takes us across all kinds of
borders between Mexico
and the USA, youth and
age, faith and betrayal, le-
gal and outlaw, sober and
stoned. Reviewers com-
ment that the writing is
gorgeous, the characters
ring true on every page,
and the story hurtles along
with many a hairpin twist
and turn. Waters, also au-
thor of a story collection,
“Desert Gothic,” sneaks
some serious issues into
what is most often a light-
hearted, sometimes zany
account of a compassion-
ate man who cares about
his elderly clients, keeps
meticulous records of the
meds he supplis them,
and genuinely enjoys their
company.
Waters won the Iowa
Short Fiction Award for
his story collection, Des-
ert Gothic, and has spent
years living in the South-
west desert, which is evi-
dent through his beautiful
description of the harsh,
unforgiving and often gor-
geous landscape. His eye
for detail is honed. One re-
viewer notes that “reading
the passages set in the bor-
derlands makes one feel
parched.”
The real achievement
of the novel “Sunland,”
however, is the way Wa-
ters develops fully is main
characters, as several re-
viewers note. Don Waters
has been anthologized in
the Pushcart Prize, “Best
of the West,” and “New
Stories from the South-
west.” A frequent contrib-
utor to the San Francisco
Chronicle, he has also
written for The New York
Times Book Review, Out-
side, The Believer, and
Slate, among other publi-
cations. He is a graduate of
Skidmore College and the
Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Originally from Reno, Ne-
vada, he now lives in Port-
land.
For online updates:
www.
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