Rosburg Store reopening Friday

NICK NIKKILA PHOTO Landen and Ed Miller are readying the Rosburg Store to reopen this week. The store, which long provided the only groceries between Naselle and Skamokawa, was closed for about two years.

ROSBURG — Western Wahkiakum residents will be pleased to learn the Rosburg Store, now under new ownership, is reopening for business this month after a long hiatus.

“We are going to have a soft opening on Oct. 12 and the grand opening will be a week later on Oct. 19,” said Landen Miller, a member of the new ownership team. “For the first week, hot and cold food will not be available because I’m still waiting on the rest of the kitchen equipment. So, for the first week, everything will be available with the exception of the hot and cold food.”

This is the first entrepreneurial venture for Miller and partners, brother Ed and sister-in-law, Roni.

Miller said the business decision was spurred by affection for the area and its recreational options.

“One of the main reasons we decided to do this is that we enjoy it down here. Our father grew up in Cathlamet. We grew up on hunting, fishing and razor clamming and we came down here every year as often as we could. We enjoyed doing it all,” he said. “We were aware the store had been up for sale for a couple of years or so and we pondered it back and forth and finally concluded it might be a good investment. Why not do what you like in an area you like to be in?”

Miller, who was born in Bremerton and grew up near Gig Harbor, has had a varied career that included work in the construction field and commercial truck driving. More pertinent to the current venture, he holds a degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Seattle and has worked in the kitchen industry.

“Initially, the store will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” Miller said. “For right now we’ll maintain those hours seven days a week. We’ll do it that way until we get an idea of the flow of business and what best fits our customers’ needs. If we find that Sunday is a fairly slow day then we’ll adjust the hours accordingly but, for right now, it will be 5 in the morning until 7 at night.”

The Millers intend to stock the usual snack foods, cold sodas, waters, energy drinks, beverages, beer and wine, as well as general goods like pet food, cleaning supplies, milk, bread, eggs, etc. The store features a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife kiosk where licenses for hunting, fishing, crabbing and clam digging can be purchased.

A small section of the store has been set aside for seating for customers to enjoy hot and cold food from the kitchen. Starting at the grand opening, there will be a hot case for grab-and-go foods, as well as a menu of kitchen-prepared foods such as hamburgers, hot and cold sandwiches, fryer items and an occasional weekly special, along with coffee, tea and hot cocoas.

“Eventually, we will also have propane available for people if they want to have bottles filled,” Miller said. “In the future, we will also have gasoline and diesel available.”

With a new and bright interior and clean and freshly painted exterior, the store is set once again to welcome travelers on State Route 4 and reduce the travel time of area residents in need of food supplies.

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