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New grocery, hardware stores open at former home of Belmont Goats
 
Story By Jon Bell, Portland Business Journal, KGW
Photo by Cathy Cheney
May 26, 2017
 
The Belmont Goats may be long gone, but their legacy lingers at the prominent new development that's risen in their place at Southeast 10th Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street.
 
It lingers in the form of goat-shaped bike racks in front of the new Market of Choice grocery store that's opening its doors tomorrow, in the community partnership between the Belmont Goats nonprofit and Orchard Supply Hardware, the latter of which opened for business in the development last week, and in the simple Goat Blocks moniker that's taken hold at the site.
 
The shelves of the new Market of Choice on Southeast Belmont Street will be fully stocked for the store's grand opening tomorrow.
 
"We're eager to join the Southeast Portland community," said Market of Choice CEO Rick Wright, in a release previewing in the store's May 25 grand opening. "With all the new housing popping up in the neighborhood, we think our store will be an excellent fit."
 
The Eugene company's fourth metro area location takes up 26,000 square feet in one of the three Goat Blocks buildings. On the upper end of the grocery spectrum, the market will offer fresh produce, scratch-made baked goods, a wide beer and wine selection, meat, seafood and cheese, as well as a gourmet deli and kitchen.
 
It will also have outdoor seating, roll-up garage doors for nice days and a juice bar. In addition to bike parking, there is also free underground parking on site.
 
Just around the way, Orchard Supply Hardware opened its doors last Friday in the Goat Blocks. The store, which has partnered with the Belmont Goats and Friends of Trees, carries a wide range of hardware supplies and home goods, plus gardening supplies, tools and outdoor furniture.
 
"We look forward to offering our Belmont neighbors the products they need for those human-sized projects that keep their homes humming and express their personality," said Lara Lee, president of Orchard Supply Hardware, in a release about the new store.
 
In addition to the two major anchors, the Goat Blocks is also home to 247 apartments that are now for rent. Russian restaurant Kachka has also signed on for space in the development and is expected to open this summer.


 
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