The story of the Roosevelt Store is coming to an end

The story of the Roosevelt Store is coming to an end

Photo by Michael Whitney

The Roosevelt Store as it looked last week. It’s in the process of winding down its operations, but what’s next for the site is unclear. The large name logo on the side was erased when the building was repainted.

MONROE— The days are numbered for the Roosevelt Store, the community market near Roosevelt and Trombley roads.
Last week, news of its closure spread.
The current owner took over 19 years ago and was approaching his 20th birthday.
He didn’t want to give an interview during a store visit, but appreciated people’s kindness to him.
The Roosevelt Store building was built in 1920, according to county property assessor records. Today’s owner said he’s heard he’s only the fourth or fifth owner in the store’s long history.
Inside, the shelves begin to empty.
A public rumor that the store would be turned into a marijuana store is, however, unfounded so far.
“There are no pending requests for a cannabis licensee to move to this address,” said Julie Graham, spokeswoman for the state Liquor and Cannabis Authority.
The store owner does not own the underlying land. The Tribune could not find a working phone number for the landowner, a woman from Lake Stevens, to reach her.
Roosevelt Store fulfilled a role of supplying a community. A century ago, Roosevelt was a community with a school, a gas station, and one of the small sawmills in the area. The city limits of Monroe were not as close.
A three-room schoolhouse began in 1925 and operated until the 1950s, when Monroe began to unify as a school district, based on information from the Monroe History Museum. A one-room school in Roosevelt and Trombley preceded it.
A number of small settlements around Monroe 100 to 150 years ago had similar layouts with a mill, general store, and school. The museum, 207 E. Main St., has an exhibit on this story.

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