Ranch and Home Owners Expand Their Oregon Footprint 115,000 Additional sq. ft. of Space Between Two Locations

By Lori Kimbel

Ranch and Home is expanding its Oregon Footprint in two locations. Plans to break ground by spring at the Hermiston location will make way for a 100,000 sq. ft. of retail space, while an addition of a new building next to the one they currently occupy in Milton-Freewater will add an additional 15,000 sq. ft.
Ranch and Home is owned by George, Bill and Jeff Dress from Kennewick, Washington.
According to Jeff Dress they plan to start ‘moving dirt’ within the next couple of months. The seventeen acre parcel of land in Hermiston is located off of Highway 395 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
“We are extremely excited to bring a new retailer to our community, said Hermiston Mayor, Dr. David Drotzmann. “I believe Ranch and Home is a perfect fit for Hermiston specifically and more importantly Eastern Oregon. We have a very vibrant and growing agricultural community from the small family garden to large corporate farms that can benefit from the products that our friends at Ranch and Home sell. They fill a niche our market has lost in the last several years with the closing of PGG and Roemarks. We value outdoor recreation and they can assist with that as well. They have been very good to work with and have proven in other communities to be very good partners. I would expect no different here. The community will support them or any other business that comes here that provides a quality product at an affordable price and is willing to commit to making our community a better place.”
According to Drotzmann Hermiston’s livability is due to job availability, access to recreation, pleasant weather, easy commutes, affordable living, affable people and a can do attitude.
“Hermiston has experienced continued steady growth for several decades now,” said Drotzmann. “There are a multitude of reasons as to why; location, at the intersection of 2 major highways, rail, air and water; flat buildable/affordable land; mild climates and long growing seasons; Leadership and vision of our fore fathers and the desire to want to do more/better for our kids’ future. We are a very welcoming, inclusive and accepting community where anyone can achieve whatever they are willing to work hard for. We are living the American Dream in Hermiston- ‘Where life is Sweet’.”
In addition to the two locations in Oregon, the Dress family also own Kennewick Ranch and Home as well as Pasco Ranch and Home in Washington. Plans to build in Hermiston have been in the works for several years.
“This has taken longer than anyone anticipated due to issues with ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) and the City of Hermiston,” said Dress who is excited that most of the kinks have been worked out so they can begin moving forward with the project.
The Milton-Freewater Ranch and Home has added an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space to the 25,000 sq. ft. it already occupied. They have been working diligently to convert one of the Walker Furniture stores, which was adjacent to their current building.
“This expansion is going to make our Milton-Freewater Ranch and Home more shoppable,” said Manager Kathy Schmidt. “We have been so blessed by this community. They have accepted us with open arms.”
“With an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of space it is going to allow us to take better care of the trade area we already have,” said Dress. This is a one stop shop and we are going to greatly expand our hardware, our farm supplies, our sporting goods, our animal health and tack, our clothing and our foot ware. We are going to continue to make improvements in the parking lots and do everything we can to take better care of our customers and add some new ones as well.”