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GRAND OPENING OF NEW THRIFTWAY STORE THIS WEEKEND HEAD MEN  Owner Bob Watson (right) and manager John Schneider have enjoyed a long working association dating back more than 16 years ago when both worked for Safeway, prior to the time.Bob bought the Thriftway Grocery We Salute BbW 0 . d ':'..on for his foresight, courage, confidence and aggressiveness in undertaking such a major project as this modern new Thriftway Super-Market, and extend to him our heartiest... BEST WISHES for immediate and permanent success. We wish, too, at this time, to convey OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION to Bob for giving us the opportunity to participate in such a fine forward step for the community of Shelton as a whole in our role as the the general contractor. store on Hillcrest. They had their heads to- gether often in planning the new Thriftway store which invites Mason County residents to the big Grand Opening starting today. LAMB CONSTRUCTION COMPAHY 506 South F Street -- ABERDEEN Dn and Robert Henry Thirty-six years in the grocery business reaches a brand new pin- nacle for Bob Watson Lhis week- vnd with the delayed grand open- ing of his beautiful, completely mode'n new Thriftway super- market on Hillcrest. Although the new store has been open actually since early Decem- ber, its formal grand opening has been delayed until today, tomor- :ow and Saturday so as to work )ut all the "bugs" and get the greatly enlarged staff fully pre- pared for the "red carpet" treat- ment Watson wants to provide all who visit the store. OF THOSE 36 YEARS, Watson has been in business for himself for 16 years, all of it here in Shel- on in the 20th Century Thriftway ;tore, during ten years of which m operated concurrently a second ind larger grocery store in Aber- deen. He sold the Aberdeen business a year ago and ims been concen- trating on the thousands of details attendant with bringing construc- tion of this new Shelton store to ceality. Watson bought the grocery bu- siness on Hillcrest from the Young- !ove Grocery company of Tacoma after 20 years of experience in the business with the Safeway firm, which included four years as ma- nager of the Shelton Safeway and 14 years in Montesano and Olym- pia. He began his grocery career in Safeway's Raymond store, THE NEW THRIFTWAY store with its expansive parking lot oc- cupies an entire block fronting on the Highway on Hillcrest. Watson bought the land in steps over a period of eight years, starting with the section on which the old 20th Century Thriftway building stoed From I. G. Sharpe The rest of the block was acquired by purchasing three homes and several vacant lots from tl]eir several owners. The beautiful new store in which the grand opening starts today is the cuhnination of those eight years of planning and hoping. The new store, over twice the floor space of the former Thrift- way suacture, is of laminated beam construction with Mediterra- nean bLilding block walls. COMILETELY MODERN in every respect from color scheme to check-stands, the new store's equipment is featured particular- ly by its excellent illumination and its airconditioning system. The latter centers a round a heat pump, which draws heat from the atmosphere in cool weather and coolness from the air in hot wea- ther. The system was installed by Lem Warren Refrigeration of Shel- ton, as was all of the many food refrigeration units throughout the store, The lighting system was instal- led by Thackeray Electric of Shel- ton and the iV[editerranean build- ing block was supplied by Gray- stone of Shelton. Other construc- tion materials were furnished by lV[orga.n, Eacrett Lumber and Souud Millwork of Shelton. all plumbing and sheet metal work was done by Boon's Plumbing & Sheet Metal of Shelton, and the roof was laid by Baygide Roofing of Shelton. WATSON HAS surrounded him- self with a veteran staff of gro- cery store personnel, many of whom have been with him most of the years he has been a store ow31er. Heading the staff is John Schneio der, who also worked under Wat- son as meat department manager when he was managing Safeway's Shetton store. Schneider is mana- ger of the new store, and was ma- nager of the old store during the ten years Watson owned and per- sonally managed his Aberdeen store, Schneider's assistant manager is Gene White, who has been with the store since his graduation from Shelton high school in 1947, ex- cept for a short college stint. Sports fans will remember him as a football, basketball and baseball letterman with the Highclimbers and spear-head of the champior,- ship football team of 1946. ANOTHER EX-SAFEWAY pro- duct, Ray Rice, heads the meat department for Watson. He has been with Thriftway almost as long as Watson has owned the bu- siness. Still another who once worked for Watson when he managed the Safeway store here is Dorothy Summers, now one of the check- stand operators in the new store. Speaking of check-stands, there are five in the new store to speed the service of the store's custom- ers. There are also automatic swinging entrance and exit doors as well as two manual doors sand- wiched between the two automa- tics for cus:omer convenience. Bob Watson and Lamb Construction Co... for seeing that THACKERAY WORKMANSHIP PARK YOUR CAR ON ASPHAL' laid by the ASPHALT DIVISION of OLYMPIA OIL & WOOD PRODUCTS when you attend THRIFTWAY'S GRAND OPENING this weekend -- We are gratified to have played this role in Bob Watson's new super-mar- ket construction. Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bob and his staff. OUR CITY GROWS installed the electrical system in Shelton's newest business building. WE ARE PROUD to have been chosen as the electrical contractor for this major new addition to our community's busi- ness assets, and proudly add it to the many other projects in which we have similarly taken part in the progress of the city of Shelton and Mason County. OUR BEST WISHES to Bob Watson and his fine staff for immediate and lasting prosperity in this fine new home. Both Bob Watson and the several men and wo- men comprising his staff represent a val- uable asset to our community in many ways. We salute our neighbors. Bigger Better Beautiful with each new addition like neighbor Bob Watson's fine THACKERAY EL 217 Cota Street, Shelton MORE PROGRESS FOR SHELTON In which we feel privileged to have shared is reflected in this fine new THRIFTWAY STORE ., More and More as Shelton progresses we are pleased that they call on SELDEN'S OF OLYMPIA For Floor Covering 308 East 4th -- Olympia  Phone 3a7-5531 i TRIC O. Marge Thackeray Bill Thackeray A GOOD AS A REPUTATION ROOFER enabled us to be a .part of the cast which partici- pated in creating Bob Watson's ultra-modern new Thriftway Super-Market, in the same way as . . . A GOOD REPUTATION AS A GROCER enabled Bob Watson to proceed with the planning and financing of such a tremendous undertaking in the first place. WE SALUTE BOB... FOR HIS COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE! WE 'THANK BOB... FOR ASKING US TO TAKE PART! BAYSIDE ROOFING 00. NEW THRIFTWAY S U P E R - AR K E T We are pleased to have had a part in bringing this excellent addition to our Hillcret business family into reality and wish to take this oppor- tunity to thank Bob Watson for cre- ating this wonderful improvement in our district and community'. OUR CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES to Bob and his Staff! Morgan, Eacrett Lumber Company Ann and Frances Eaerett K. J. Flakus -- Capitol Hill -- Phone 426-4541.