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Jackson's Corner: A Neighborhood Grocery Store and Much More in Bend, Oregon
Jackson's Corner: A Friendly Neighborhood Spot
Over the last 30-40 years, neighborhood grocery stores have slowly disappeared from the streets they used to serve. These days, you have to hop in the car and drive to the mega-chain grocer to grab your milk, bread and eggs.
Blame it on new zoning laws and alleged concerns about traffic to commercial uses within neighborhoods. Yet, when the neighborhood includes a grocery store to serve residents in the area, people often walk or ride their bicycles to run their errands. Seems smarter, doesn't it?
At Jackson's Corner in Bend, Oregon, convenience is back in the neighborhood. Just a few blocks away from the renowned Drake Park in downtown Bend is a sunny, yellow building. A combination of corner grocery store, coffee shop and restaurant, its no wonder that the surrounding neighborhood has welcomed the new retailer, since its opening in 2008.
A New Store in Bend, Oregon in the Midst of the Recession?
Its no secret that Bend, Oregon has been one of the regions that has been hardest hit by the recession in the entire country. Housing prices in this community have seen the largest double-digit drop since the economic downturn began.
But Jackson's Corner has managed to fill a niche in a difficult market for this town of 80,000 on the east side of the Cascade Mountains. Walk into the brightly painted store any time of the day, and its filled with customers. On your left hand side is a wall of refrigerated items - mostly convenience selections like soft drinks and milk. A large selection of bottled beer and chilled wine also lines the shelves.
Jackson's Corner is conveniently located for those staying in and around downtown Bend to stop by at the end of a long day skiing at Mt. Bachelor, or floating the Deschutes River. My office is about 2 blocks away, and I've been known to dash in to grab a bottle of wine on my way over to a friend's house on Friday evening...
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What Makes Jackson's Corner Unique?
Jackson's Corner is the ultimate in local, and green! Eighty percent of its produce is from the Bend Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) chapter. Not only that, but Jackson's Corner has offered up its property to allow member produce pick-ups from the CSA on Tuesday evenings!
A green tip of the hat to the grocery/restaurant for using 100% biodegradable containers and utensils, as well. If you are staying in to eat, you will get your food served on real plates, coffee in real cups, and silverware is actually silver! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered, so any time of day you drop by, you'll have some great menu selections.
But perhaps the most unique aspect about Jackson's Corner is its location. As noted above, neighborhood grocery stores are a rare breed these days. Even restaurants and coffee shops are considered commercial uses that are not normally allowed in residential areas. Even though I'm a land use attorney, I was not involved in the permitting for Jackson's Corner. Whether it was grandfathered in as a permitted use, or merely recognized to be a smart use to site in this area of the city, success has proven the wisdom of the land use decision.
Right here in the midst of a residential neighborhood, 2 blocks from an elementary school, 3 blocks from a church and right off the beaten path is Jackson's Corner.
You can't miss it.
You'll be glad you didn't.
Perhaps convenience and a sense of community is exactly what this city has been craving!
Information About Jackson's Corner
Address: 845 NW Delaware Avenue, Bend, OR 97701
Hours: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, 7 days a week
- Street parking only
- Free wi-fi
- No reservations for restaurant
- Take out, but no delivery
- Beer and wine available
- Indoor and outdoor seating
- Competitively priced