Day: August 31, 2011

Target to add fresh groceries

Starting this October you’ll be able to buy fresh produce, meats and other grocery items at Keizer Station for the first time. When the redesign is complete Target will offer what spokesperson Jamie Bastian called “a curated assortment” of “the fresh foods that top weekly shopping lists” – things like fresh packaged meat, produce like bananas, berries, lettuce and the like along with pre-packaged baked goods. “Target’s new expanded food layout was created in response to research and feedback from guests who requested more fresh food selection in the convenience of their local Target store,” Bastian added. “Understanding and giving guests what they want is a key part of what makes this new layout so successful.” The expansion means more products from Target-owned brands like Market Pantry, Archer Farms and Sutton & Dodge. Besides more food options, Bastian said the chain is renovating other areas of the store like beauty, home, baby and shoes. And the numbers seem to illustrate a successful strategy: Traffic and sales have jumped about 6 percent at stores with the new food lineup. The number of stores with the expanded food lineup have more than doubled, from 323 in July 2010 to 736 in July 2011. Nine Target locations in Oregon currently offer it. “Our expanded fresh food layout is delivering strong results and incredible guest feedback,” Bastian...

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From fountains to tennis courts, park has it all

In a nutshell: With recently-updated basketball and tennis courts, a splash fountain, soccer fields and new playground equipment, you won’t find a better park with a stormwater treatment facility on site. Size: 16 acres Where it is: It’s along River Road just south of the Keizer city limits as River Road and Broadway fork. It’s on the west side of River Road from Fred Meyer. Mowing level: Excellent. What’s there: This City of Salem-operated park has a lot going for it. Everything there is built within the past five years. As mentioned there’s many things a sporting person could want, including soccer fields, basketball goals and tennis courts. Everything has a clean feel. A splash fountain is open virtually every day during the hot summer months. There’s several picnic tables with shelters and that new-fangled playground equipment that keeps the kiddos’ knees scrape-free. It also features new clean bathrooms, a paved trail system good for either biking or walking. Parking: It’s ample, with some 91 spaces. Access is from River Road, just across from Fred Meyer. Park history: The old park was completely demolished to make way for the River Road Wet Weather Treatment Facility; it runs when the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility gets overwhelmed by rainwater and keeps raw sewage from flowing into the Willamette River. The park stems from an old sewage treatment plant on site....

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Chop Shop Barbershop opens in S. Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a rough go-round with work in the construction industry, Matt Croxford decided it was time for a change. “I did construction, welding, layoff, layoff, layoff. I had some buddies who went to get their license to cut hair and seemed to do pretty well, so I followed in their footsteps,” Croxford said. He opened The Chop Shop Barbershop, at 3493 River Road N.,  on Tuesday, Aug. 16, after his chair was delivered. “The nice thing about it is I’m now the one in control of my environment, I’ve got air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter and ESPN on the television,” he said. Haircuts – strictly the sort you might expect from a barbershop – start at $12. Complementary Widmer Bros. beer is on tap. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments are...

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