Ridley’s opening deserves much fanfare

By: 
Steve Lyon
It’s almost time to start the 30-day
countdown to the opening of Ridley’s
new store in Weiser.
This calls for much fanfare. It’s been
a long time coming, and it’s an event deserving
of a parade and a brass band, if
we only had one. Can the city rent one
somewhere for the occasion?
I’m sure Mark Ridley is
planning something special
for the day the doors open.
It’s been more than two
years since the old Ridley’s
store suffered a collapsed
roof. Months later, it was
demolished. Few will forget
that crazy winter of 2017.
The new 55,000 squarefoot
building will be more
than just a grocery store. It
will be a retail center with a
hardware store, credit union,
deli, seating and aisles and
aisles of stocked shelves.
The new store will have more employees
and generate more sales taxes.
The folks that live in the Upper Country
won’t have to spend their dollars in Ontario
any longer.
When Ridley’s moves out of the old
King’s store, the remodeling will begin
to move some offices with Weiser Memorial
Hospital that are scattered around
town into the building. So it won’t sit
empty with Ridley’s departure.
There is a Colliers International sign
up in the parking lot of the old Ridley’s
store in downtown Weiser.
I checked on the listing and the lot
is not for sale. It looks like Ridley’s is
holding on to the property and plans to
develop a portion of it.
The listing diagram shows
plans for a 4,000 square foot
building in the northwest
corner of the property. The
arrangement is retail build
to suit. The minimium retail
space is 1,300 square feet, or
someone can lease the entire
4,000 square feet.
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The 75th installment of
the Weiser Valley Round-Up
starts on Thursday at Fred
Hust Arena in Weiser.
The rodeo is one of Weiser’s
legacy events, one that is
rich with western history.
There have been a lot of cowboys and
cowgirls in the Fred Hust Arena over
those many years. Hopefully, many who
rode in past rodeos here can come back
for a reunion this weekend.
The honorary grand marshals and past
and present rodeo committee volunteers
will be recognized at Thursday night’s
event. The past and present Round-Up
rodeo royalty will be honored on Friday
night.
I’ve covered the Round-Up every
year I have been in Weiser It’s a thrill to
get back by the chutes and watch a cowboy
get strapped in and cinched down
for a ride on the back of a bull.
Push the cowboy hat down tight, give
the gateman the affirmative nod and off
he goes. It’s eight seconds that must feel
like an eternity under the areana lights.
Usually with the bulls it’s nothing
personal. They want the cowboy off and
now. Sometimes, a bull with a bad disposition
does take a hankering to get in a
few licks just to be mean.
If bull riding is not the toughest sport
there is anywhere, it’s right up there.
There may be collisions and hard hits
in football, but players have an idea of
what’s going to happen and when.
Not so with onry bulls. They are 2,000
pounds of trouble with a capital T when
the chute gate opens. Cowboys just hope
that when they get tossed into the dirt
they can get up and run before the bull
decides it time for payback.
The three nights of rodeo action at the
Weiser Valley Round-Up are sure to be
packed with entertainment that even a
city slicker like me will enjoy.
Steve Lyon is the editor of the Weiser
Signal American. Contact him at

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