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Shoppers will see major changes at The Dalles Fred Meyer in the next six months as the company reconfigures the store to maximize grocery space to meet demand. The remodel also creates dozens of new jobs in our area, which is already experiencing a tight labor market, with the unemployment rate for Wasco County hovering around 4 percent according to the state employment department.

Rose Mays has only been at the Small Business Development Center in The Dalles for a year, but she already feels she has found a place to call home, doing a job she loves. “I help people who are starting a business, or who are in business and have a problem,” she said.

Alex Hattenhauer said he had several ideas in mind with the Second Street Market. He wanted to make the entrance to the Port of The Dalles attractive while at the same time giving his customers an exceptional experience. He also likes beer. The convenience store, across the street from Casa El Mirador, accomplishes all three.

To the editor: On the Editorial page in the May 29 paper, we are informed about the latest "update" coming soon. The story cites the fact that many subscribers are very pleased to access the news online, so they don't have to wait until the daily paper arrives. How many of those subscribers live out of town in another state? What is the percentage of "likes" to "don't likes?"

Rack one up for the return of dry cleaning service to The Dalles and Hood River. MariBeth and Joe Guenther opened Dry Cleaner Connections this month at 1301 12th St. in Hood River, which is located next to The Mesquitery/The Shed. In June, the Guenthers will open a Dry Cleaner Connection location in The Dalles at 208 E. Fourth Street.

Sawyer’s customers have likely noticed some changes to the storefront — the True Value signs have all been taken down and Ace Hardware trucks can be seen pulling up out back. Last fall, Jared Sawyer struck a deal with Ace Hardware to convert the store from True Value. “I have received a lot of questions, either asking why we were going out of business or why we sold the business to Ace,” Sawyer said, “neither are happening.”