I was on a boat when the official press release came out. With the application for the liquor license, I knew it was going to happen. But a part of me didn't want to jinx it, so I didn't fall fully into belief...
But it's true.
Come 2011, I shall never again have to run to Tigard or Corvallis for my beloved Double Cream Gouda. Or the Australian beef. Cheap organic orange juice. Cornbread mix that must have crack in it. Cheap gourmet foods like an Italian cured meats sampler for just a few bucks. Triple Ginger Cookies!! Or the bazillion other TJ's products I adore. Reasonably priced, high quality, from a company that treats its employees very well. A score for all. And a boon for south Salem. That will no doubt improve the retain situation and draw more foodie interest to the area.
Congratulations, Salem! Perhaps all those emails and petitions did some good?