At last the cozy small town shopping outlet and traditional gathering place in Wainiha is reopening, under the new name Wainiha Country Market.
Family business owners Jim, Joell, Gabrielle and JD Edwards have been preparing the former location of the Wainiha Store, also known as Last Chance, for its’ opening at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. The public is welcome for barbecue from noon to 2 p.m.
“We’re here for the community. This is a gathering place. During the flood time in 2018, I remember what it was like then. Everyone would say ‘Come on down to the market,’ for all kinds of things that they needed. We want to make it like that again.” said Joell Edwards. “Whether it was during the hours of operation or not, the Wainiha store has always been a popular place for people to talk story and provide for the community.”
Following the 2018 flood and subsequent road closure, many people would bring boxes of goods to give away in front of the store, such as canned foods, diapers, and clothing for those who needed. Because of the closures, many Wainiha and Haena residents fell on hard times, but neighbors and other residents on island gave back to those in need.
Wainiha Country Market will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store will offer a wide variety of products including traditional local favorites such as spam, rice as well as alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call: 431-4313.