Port Townsend: First work on new Aldrich’s grocery could start in May

PORT TOWNSEND — The first phase of work to build a new Aldrich’s market could begin in two months, one of the store owners said Tuesday.

And the new one won’t look like the old one destroyed by fire last August.

Jonathon Ryweck said crews could be shaping the parcel at 940 Lawrence St. to prepare for construction in May.

The parcel is all that’s left of the original store, a 114-year-old uptown landmark that burned in an early-morning fire that stunned the community.

On Tuesday, Ryweck and co-owner David Hamilton presented almost completed blueprints for the new building to the city’s Historical Preservation Committee.

The structure doesn’t resemble the old building, but is designed to fit in with the historic decor of the area.

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