Sunday, January 13, 2008

9 Western States

Western States Grocery Company roasted over 250,000 pounds of coffee a year in the basement of this warehouse. In addition to coffee, Western States distributed a full line of grocery products. Western States competed on price ("one case or a hundred, the same price"). This four-story warehouse was situated along a Western Pacific Railroad spur line, allowing Western States to buy in huge quantities and reach retail grocery stores from southern Oregon to southern California and west to Nebraska. Safeway Stores and Western States shared this warehouse until Safeway completed its warehouse and corporate headquarters next door in 1929. Safeway eventually purchased Western States.

Designer: Couchot, Rosenwald & Roeth
Construction Date: 1926, remodeled 1991
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian