West Second Street Market opened this week at West Second and Webber streets with the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area in mind.
“Port businesses really utilizes our West Sixth Street station,” says Chad Leeson, area supervisor. City vehicles and different businesses rely heavily on the Pacific Pride commercial gas pumps at the West Sixth Street 76 station. Both West Sixth and the West Second Street Market are owned by Hattenhauer Distributing, as is Hatt’s Fuel Stop downtown at 315 Lincoln Street in The Dalles.
“Even though we’re not doing retail gas out here, in back we’re hoping to break ground on a Pac Pride spot,” Chad says.
In the market, they are hoping to create a destination with offerings unique enough to make people stop. Inside and out, they’ve done major remodeling to make the market a comfortable, attractive place to shop.
“The beer cave with its craft beer is one of the big things,” Chad says. “We really want this to be the spot in town that has the craft beer selection.”
Their focus is on regional and local brews, but they will also try to meet requests. But forget about the super low-end brews. You won’t find them here. However, they will have some of the most popular mainstream domestics.
Another thing you won’t find at the West Second Street Market is cigarettes.
“We are trying to be smokeless,” Chad says.
They will be offering many of the most popular snack foods, including chips, candy, shakes and smoothies, and even gourmet ice cream for sale by the pint. The market will also have some racks of healthier foods.
“We figure people are going down to the Port maybe to run the trail,” Chad says. “We want to do what we can to be a destination for them.”
Kerry Walker is the store manager. The West Second Street Market is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.