Market to replace saloon

Fresh, organic, gourmet. These are the three words that will be the keystone to a new market

Redevelopment: Gord Erickson is converting Outlaws into an organic market and cafeteria. The saloon is moving into the same building as the Hideaway Pub.

Fresh, organic, gourmet.

These are the three words that will be the keystone to a new market to be located at the site of the current Outlaws Saloon.

Construction has begun on the 7,000 square-foot market that will feature local, fresh produce along with deli and bakery items.

And owner Gord Erickson has many more plans for his yet-to-be named market.

“Our goal will be to stick to a natural and organic theme, but also have the essentials for the savvy shopper,” wrote Erickson in his business plan, that emphasizes buy-local preferences.

Tired after a long day at work and wondering what to serve for dinner?

Drop in at the market, get your groceries, and pick up a healthy, balanced “grab-and-go” dinner, including gourmet fare. Or go upstairs to the cafeteria and enjoy a meal with a fabulous view of the lake, or have a specialty coffee or latté in the conversation pit.

Nutritious lunches will also be available and can be taken away or enjoyed on either of two patios – one upstairs and another in front of the market on ground level.

Erickson says the upstairs space can accommodate 40 people on the inside and another 40 out on the patio.

A meeting room will be made available to the community and “recipe books all over the place” upstairs so customers can find something that appeals to them, including the recipes prepared in the cafeteria.

Erickson also plans to offer a comprehensive personal shopper and delivery service and, as the owner of the Hideaway Liquor Store, will be able to include beer, wine or spirits with the grocery order.

“There are two reasons,” says Erickson of his decision to build the market at what he describes as the busiest highway intersection in Salmon Arm. “One, Safeway closing leaves a gap in the market and the highway expansion and route change will affect DeMille’s present location.”

Erickson purchased all of the freezers, coolers and deli equipment when Canada Safeway closed its doors.

The Hideaway Pub will be renovated and Outlaw’s owner Mike Yuill will move the nightclub into the space on the east side of the building that was previously occupied by online horse racing, which has moved to the casino across the Trans-Canada Highway.


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