OROVILLE – Pat and Jody Davisson have purchased Beeman’s North Grocery in Oroville and will be operating it under its new name Frontier Foods.
The retail grocery store will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The change over to the new owners took place on Tuesday, July 8, but the couple plans a Grand Opening the weekend of Friday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3.
“On Friday we will have KOMW radio here for a two hour live remote,” said Pat Davisson. “We plan an outdoor barbecue and to have giveaways and drawings. We also hope to have the Pepsi AMP Energy Drink NASCAR car here.”
Before buying the store, Pat Davisson owned and operated a wholesale grocery business Davisson Distributing. He has lived in the Tonasket and Oroville area for over 30 years. His wife, Jody, has lived in this area for 16 years.
“The store was up for sale. Pat’s been in the line of grocery wholesale distributing for the past 15 years… it was a perfect fit,” said Jody Davisson, about why they decided to buy the business.
The couple promises “service with a smile” and have plans to put in a hot case deli.
“This would be a hit with the high school next door,” she said.
Other changes they have in mind include taking Canadian money, something the previous owners had stopped doing some time back. One change they won’t be making is in staff. Many of the same familiar faces will be on hand to serve the customer.
The Davissons say service is one of the main things they have to offer.
“Service, service, service… it seems to be a lost art these days,” said Jody Davidson.
The couple has two daughters, Jenna and Kendra. They also have a dog and three cats.
Frontier Foods is located at 1204 Main Street and the business can be reached by phone at (509) 476-9128.