Can you answer this question for us? My wife said there used to be an Albertsons market in the Bear Creek shopping center when it was first built, and I can't remember any market being there. If she is correct, I have to take her to dinner. I hope you can answer the question for us.
— Jim P, Medford.
Jim, before you read any further, better make those dinner reservations.
For years, the lone Albertsons supermarket in Jackson County was in the Bear Creek Plaza shopping center, in the current location of the Big Lots and Dollar Tree stores.
Boise-based Albertsons, which ejected the apostrophe from its name a few years ago, opened its doors in 1978 near the corner of East McAndrews and Biddle roads.
The Rogue Valley rapidly expanded during the next 20 years, leading Albertsons to build three new stores to replace a smaller one it determined no longer suited its plans.
In April 1990, Albertsons opened a 50,000-square-foot store that anchors Larson Creek Center off North Phoenix Road. In October of the same year, the grocery chain added a 57,600-square-foot store along what we now call Old Jacksonville Highway, anchoring the Jackson Creek Shopping Center.
Then in December 2000, Albertsons opened what was billed as its largest store in Oregon, occupying 62,000 square feet in Mountain View Plaza in Central Point.
In the same month, the 44,300-square-foot store in Bear Creek Plaza became a victim of progress, and its 60 employees were dispersed to other stores.
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