Both Chuck’s Produce locations for sale

Chuck’s Produce & Street Market’s two locations are for sale. Both businesses and real estate are included, according to an online listing.

The Mill Plain location is on the market for $7.5 million. The Salmon Creek location is listed at $17 million.

The Mill Plain store, at 13215 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd., encompasses 57,100 square feet on 4.59 acres. It was once home to legendary Portland retailer G.I. Joe’s. In 2010, it became the first location for Chuck’s, which — in addition to a selection of groceries — emphasizes its produce, bakery and deli departments.

The Salmon Creek location, at 2302 N.E. 117th St., was custom built in 2013 and measures 46,261 square feet on 5.89 acres. Part of the property could be used for ground lease or development.

The business’s trailing three-year average gross profit exceeds $7 million, with more than 6.8 million items sold, according to the listing.

A company representative told The Columbian via email on Tuesday that the business has not been sold, but did not provide any more information.

Chuck’s owner, Premier Management Services Corp., is co-owned by Bart Colson. Colson is a partner in Vancouver-based Hawthorn Retirement Group, which owns numerous senior care facilities in the U.S. Among Hawthorn’s locations is Springwood Landing Gracious Retirement Living in Vancouver.

Hawthorn Retirement Group developed the Salmon Creek store. At the time, Chuck’s planned to expand throughout the Portland-Vancouver area and possibly into Puget Sound and Salem, Ore., according to a 2013 Columbian article.

Chuck’s is known as one of the county’s premier grocers, and one of few that is locally owned. Unlike chain supermarkets, it is closed on Saturdays. It also does not sell pork, shellfish or wine.

Chuck’s has deep ties to community service; it regularly hosts toy drives to benefit Clark County children and participates in the Walk & Knock food drive.

This year, the store also won a national competition of more than 150 grocery store companies from the National Watermelon Promotion Board for the best in-store marketing display.

Other locally owned grocery stores have followed a similar path; New Seasons was posted for sale and sold to a South Korean owner at the end of 2019. Fred Meyer was sold to Kroger in 1998.

The Columbian could not reach Colson for comment on why he is selling the stores.

Article Source: The Columbian