Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Mystery of Lighthouse Square Solved

Austin Emami, co-owner of the new Waves Fresh Market.

With the relocation of Grocery Outlet to midtown, the big question on everyone’s mind has been “What’s going to take its place in Lighthouse Square?”

Well, in a Homepage exclusive we can tell you…nothing.  Nothing is going into that space.  For now.

According to Austin Emami, co-owner of a portion of Lighthouse Square and a representative of the plaza there are no firm plans to place a new tenant in the former Grocery Outlet space.

But, as they say, “Wait!  There’s more!”  In the adjacent space to the east, in what used to house BiMart, there will be a new grocery store.

The store will be called Waves Fresh Market and according to Emami, who along with his brother Alan are owners of the store space, “It will be an independent grocery store supported by a large a co-op.  It will have fresh produce, an in-store bakery and deli as well as a large beer cave.”

Former BiMart space to become Waves Fresh Market

While most online visitors to the Lincoln City Homepage Facebook community page have been eagerly hoping for a new grocery store in town they will have to continue to wait.  For, as Emami puts it, “We’re back-ordered on many pieces of equipment for up to 12 months.”

In the meantime, work has been going on inside to ready the 36,500 square foot interior as they patiently wait for the needed equipment to arrive.

And, according to Emami, “We want to finish this space to make it the anchor of the Square before we begin the renovation of other spaces. We’re waiting for the whole center to be ready before we re-tenant.”

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Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.


  1. We welcome this new grocery and bakery. Hope it gets here before a year. We have a large population on this end of L.C. and a 2nd choice is great for us. No traffic problems here, just park, easy to drive to, no overcrowded parking. Yes, good place.

  2. I too was hoping for Whole Foods, but would have happily settled for New Seasons. Very disappointed. Will Waves be on the level of those stores or more like a Grocery Outlet/Winco?


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