Local alternatives

In 2007, The Bulletin surveyed readers about which retail chains they wanted to see in Central Oregon. Several of the most-desired chains still aren’t here, so we compiled a list of local alternatives to check out while you wait:

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In-N-Out? Try Dandy’s Drive-In on NE Third Street for burgers without leaving your car and tater tots highly recommended by a Bend native and Bulletin staff member, or Pilot Butte Drive-In.

Nordstrom/Nordstrom Rack? Try North Soles Footwear on NW Wall Street or Desperado in the Old Mill District.

Crate & Barrel? Try Lark Mountain Modern on NW Wall Street, Bend Furniture & Design on Galveston Avenue or Furnish on Arizona Avenue.

Pottery Barn? Try Lone Crow Bungalow, NW Home Interiors or Haven Homestyle.

P.F. Chang’s? Try Chi Chinese & Sushi Bar on NW Newport Avenue.

T he Cheesecake Factory? There’s no replicating that menu, but for cheesecake alone, try La Magie Bakery and Cafe on NW Bond Street, or Market of Choice.

Source: The Bulletin staff and local bakers

It’s been 11 years since Trader Joe’s opened its grocery store in the Cascade Village shopping center in Bend, but Dianne Marr remembers well the anticipation among locals.

“I didn’t know what the big deal was about because I’m not from California,” the 76-year-old Bend resident said as she exited the store with a bag of groceries.

Sandwich maker Chick-fil-A — another hyped chain which Marr heard about from her grandson — and a second Chipotle Mexican restaurant are due to join Cracker Barrel restaurant at Robal Road Village, a new shopping center across North U.S. Highway 97 from Cascade Village. “With all this coming,” Marr said, gesturing cross the highway, “We’re pretty well taken care of.”

Yet there are more retailers looking to plant a flag in Bend and consumers who think Central Oregon is not complete without In-N-Out Burger or Nordstrom. Both of those companies were highly ranked by readers of The Bulletin who responded to a survey in 2007 about which brands they most wished would establish a presence here.

Bend went on to land three of the top 10 — Trader Joe’s, Olive Garden and Whole Foods — a decade or more ago.