They’re back! Fabian and Shelley McFeron, along with some of their family members, have recently moved back to Pierce, after their dream was realized and they purchased Pierce’s S&S Foods in November of 2016.
Both Fabian and Shelley are deeply connected to the Pierce area. Shelley was born and raised in Pierce and her mother, Darlene (Anderson) Bolen grew up in Headquarters. Darlene Bolen went to work for the Postal Service in 1970, and became the Postmaster in Pierce until retiring in 2002.
Shelley’s father, Bill Bolen, grew up in Pierce also. He owned a barber shop from 1964 to 1975 in what is now The Outback office. He then went to work in the logging industry, and retired from Ray Coon Logging in 2003. Both of Shelley’s parents graduated from Pierce High School.
Shelley also attended the Pierce School through fourth grade, until the “new” school was built in 1979. That school is now the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Shelley went on to graduate from Timberline High School.
Fabian was born in Hamilton, MT and moved to Weippe during middle school. He also graduated from Timberline.
Shelley and Fabian were married at the Lutheran Church in Pierce in 1986, and started their own family here. Their oldest daughter, Chraya, attended school here at the old Pierce Elementary through second grade. Fabian and Shelley are now parents to four grown children, and grandparents of eight!
Fabian started his grocery career in 1986 in the store that he now owns and operates with his family. He began working for Dean and Lorraine Yocum, who were the original owners of the store that was built in 1972. It was called Yocums Thrift.
It was in this store that Fabian learned to cut meat, manage produce, and work the entire store. Fabian continued working in the store after the Yocums sold it to Richard and Robin Engle and it became R&R Foods.
The young family left Pierce in 1994, when Fabian went to work for Rosauers in Lewiston. After his first year he was transferred to the Spokane, WA, area where he managed the meat department for the company for the next five years before being transferred to Walla Walla, WA, and becoming store manager for Super One Foods in 2000, where they stayed and raised their family.
While in Walla Walla, Shelley worked as an office manager for a large dental practice. They left Walla Walla for Auburn, WA, when their youngest daughter graduated high school in 2013.
They left the Seattle area when the opportunity to come back home was presented to them. This had always been a dream—that they could return to their hometown.
Their daughter, Chraya McFeron, is a mother of four and lives in Pierce and works at the store. Son Tyler lives in Walla Walla with his wife and two children and owns a fencing company. He gladly helps at the store when visiting.
Daughter Chenae Anderson lives with her husband and new baby. Her husband Brock Anderson serves in the U.S. Air Force, and they are currently stationed in England. Daughter, Tallie McFeron, lives in Pierce with her new baby and is working at the store while earning her college degree online.
Fabian and Shelley would like to thank the community for all the support and encouragement they have received. They love being back home!
Some of the changes happening at the store will include a name change. They took some input from the community and have decided the new name will be “The Market” in Pierce.
They also plan on bringing back the Western Family products to the store to go along with the quality meats and produce. They offer weekly sales and also “Save Everyday” prices along with the over 100 items marked down.
They eventually would like to expand the deli department and add a gift shop to the store.
It is always nice to be able to walk into the clean, well-kept store, and receive a friendly “hello.” Welcome home, McFeron family!