Local store prepares to fill grocery void in Creswell

      CRESWELL, Ore. - Since a grocery chain pulled out of town this year, residents of Creswell, pop. 5,068, have had to choose: head north to Eugene, south to Cottage Grove - or rely on corner convenience store.

      Enter Farmlands Market, a local grocery set to open in a 2,400 square-foot storefront on the corner of Oregon Avenue and Front Street, right across from the City Hall.

      Entrepreneur Jessica Moore, 20, said launching the store has been an adventure for her whole family.

      "We got our shelving, the freezer is right here, and over here is pretty much where I'll showcase my produce, that's something i'm really excited for," she said. "That's what we're doing, going for it wholeheartedly - my dad would put this all together for us, and my mom's an accountant, so she's been helping with the paperwork."

      For the community, it promises a welcome return of a general grocery.

      "They'll have the necessary stuff you need in case of an emergency," said James Johnson of Creswell. "You won't have to run down to Cottage Grove to get it"

      Moore said she takes pride in being from Creswell and that the community has been supportive.

      "She's a local girl, she went to school here," Johnson said. "She ought to make it."

      Moore said her produce will be a reflection of that local support, with almost all her produce will be from nearby.

      "I've got bread coming from Cottage Grove, I've got fresh produce coming from Camas Swale," she said.

      Moore said the store will start out just having the basics, but she can't wait for it to grow.