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Sunset Plaza Develops in Ocean Shores

(News Item #0367, Published: 01/31/19, Author: Cindy Stearns, OceanShores.com)

If you've noticed the construction near Alec's and Ace Hardware, you've spotted the biggest commercial development in Ocean Shores in more than a decade. Sunset Plaza will be in the spot of what will become the former Buck Electric/Ace Hardware building.

Plans include the move of the city’s only drugstore in spring or early summer. Ocean Sunset Drug will be in it's new home between Ocean Shores IGA and the current Ace.

“The new drugstore, with pharmacist Doug Morrill, will feature a selection of thousands of popular health, beauty and lifestyle products, and a convenient drive-through pharmacy window,” Dick Morris, owner of the property said. “Doug Morrill (Ocean Shores’ first pharmacist) and Dick Morris, owner of Dick’s Food Center, first collaborated back in 1981 when Dick offered pharmacy space in the grocery store. Up until that time, locals had to drive out of town to fill their prescription needs.

“Ocean Sunset Drug will also offer a walk-in health and wellness care clinic to treat common conditions, minor illness, injuries and to offer preventative care, similar to the ‘Convenient Care’ clinics offered by city drugstores like Walgreens or Bartells" Morris said.

Ace Hardware is moving to Point Brown Ave. in it's new building, north of Ocean Shores Cinema. According to Morris, “with the space made available by the relocation of Ace Hardware, Sunset Plaza will grow into a mixed-use lifestyle center. The beach village setting will offer shopping, dining and expanded public spaces for meeting, mingling, and social time.”

“When Dick built the grocery store in 1977, there was only a flashing red light in town near the entrance to the store, and the city population was only a fraction of what it is now. The city has grown, and that stop light has since been replaced with a large roundabout. The original entrance to the property is now unsafe and unsuitable, so the city of Ocean Shores has required the entrance be relocated to the west side of Alec’s By the Sea restaurant,” Morris said.

Morris remains committed to his original mission from 1967 to bring products and services to the people of Ocean Shores and the North Beach area to keep business dollars local. The goal with Sunset Plaza in the heart of Ocean Shores is to transform the city into a walkable, connected community.

"We believe this development has great potential to serve Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County and the entire central Washington coast in positive ways and to expand the economic development of the whole area," Morris said.

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