Lucinda Bowers, foreground, and her daughter Olivia were kept busy serving customers at the Winthrop Store last weekend. Photo by Don Nelson

Lucinda Bowers, foreground, and her daughter Olivia were kept busy serving customers at the Winthrop Store last weekend. Photo by Don Nelson

By Don Nelson

The grand opening of the newly christened Winthrop Store last weekend couldn’t have been more timely for the Bowers family — except for the T-shirts, which have yet to arrive.

Otherwise, the store drew a steady crowd on Saturday — when the town was full of people celebrating ’49er Days — to introduce its new deli and expanded space.

Lucinda Bowers said the store will no longer be called by the name most people know—Winthrop Motors — and will occupy about twice as much space as it has for the past seven years since the Bowerses bought it. The gas pumps won’t go away. In fact, the store’s motto — “Eat here and get gas” — will be emblazoned on the T-shirts when they are delivered.

The addition of a deli has transformed the store into “what we always wanted it to be,” said Bowers, who owns the business with her husband, Tom.

On Saturday, Bowers and her daughter Olivia, a senior at Liberty Bell High School, were swamped by customers rediscovering the store.

The deli offers a selection of fresh-made sandwiches and sides, salads, hot dogs, espresso, and beer and wine by the glass. The bread comes from Okanogan Bakery in Twisp, the coffee from Lariat Coffee Roasters in Winthrop.

Other locally made products are also available in the gift section along with baked goods, chocolates, T-shirts, housewares and the full assortment of snacks and beverages that you would expect to find in a convenience store. The Bowerses hope to offer outdoor seating in the future.

The Winthrop Store is at 228 Riverside Ave. The phone number is 996-2277.