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C&K Market to Sell or Close 16 Stores

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CRESWELL, Ore. — An Oregon company that owns several grocery stores in western Oregon has declared bankruptcy.

Now several communities are wondering if they will have a grocery store anymore.

C & K Market, which includes Ray’s Food Place, is selling or closing 16 of its businesses. Four of those stores are in the local area–North Albany, Philomath, Pleasant Hill and Creswell.

Creswell residents say the Ray’s Food Place is the only grocery store in town. And because of that, they say the announcement that C & K Market is declaring bankruptcy won’t be easy to swallow.

“I heard the news from a past employee because I used to work here,” said Creswell resident Amanda Yarusch. “I think a lot of people in this town, in this community are going to be very upset.”

“It will force people to go to Springfield, Cottage Grove or Eugene to do their shopping. So people will not be happy about not having a choice in town,” said Dave Stram, City of Creswell Mayor.

Not far away, Pleasant Hill residents felt the same way.

“It’ll have a big impact. We’ve had trouble keeping businesses here just small ones as it is, let alone our biggest one,” said Pleasant Hill resident Evan Boucher.

And it’s not only the folks living nearby that will be impacted. Local businesses weren’t exactly excited about the news either.

“The people that come into the store next door will pop in here to grab some food real quick and things like that, so we’re going to have a huge decrease in customers from that department,” said Alina Vanmeer, Sunrise CafĂ© employee.

While many were bothered by the inconvenience and potential extra travel expenses, the loss means a lot more.

“It’s going to be pretty sad, really sad. Especially because I know a lot of the employees and how hard it will be on the employees,” Boucher said.

“Everyone in the store kind of knows each other. They know you by name. Like I go up to buy a movie, and they know exactly who I am. So it’s going to be sad to lose that bit of our community,” Vanmeer said.

C & K representatives say each of the 16 stores will be sold or closed by the end of the year.

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  1. melissa bly says:

    Does this include the Rays in Willamina, OR or Sheridan, OR?

  2. Haley says:

    If you look at their website they have a list of stores that are cloing and those that will remain open. Very sad in a community this small… They do a lot for us!

  3. Terri says:

    This Sucks! I hope against all odds that some other supermarket will buy in here at Pleasant Hill! Our Rays is small and run down with not much variety but at least we had it.. If someone would come in and re-do our whole shopping center area maybe we could get some good stores in here that will attract business!

  4. gordy says:

    Could it be because they are the most overpriced stores around?

    1. Lucy Ehasz says:

      I’m more than glad 2 see Ray’s close. Most prices generally are way too high, & a very small handful of employees, such as Ass’t Mgr., Jason @ Creswell, are very rude to customers; I’ll be very happy 2 see Ray’s dissipate, because it’s a rip-off!!! Hopefully, we’ll get a REAL store here, but I really don’t care, because we’ll be using Ray’s in Veneta, rip off prices or not. At least the personnel is nicer there to its customers.

      1. Lucy Ehasz says:

        Moderate this: Plain fact: Ray’s should have closed long ago, due to extremely high prices & attitudes from certain employees that were/are unprofessional. I’m glad that Ray’s is staying open in Veneta, where we’ll be in a few months.

  5. Josh says:

    No one in their right mind would try and keep these stores alive, there’s a reason they went bankrupt. High prices and only a handful of local residents to buy their products is a horrible business plan. There’s pros and cons to living in the city or out in the boonies and having to drive to town should be nothing new to the residents of these areas. You’ll be surprised too at how much cheaper it is!

  6. Dan says:

    No need to freak out w/o knowing the entire story. As it clearly states they’re closing or SELLING these stores. More than likely the more well known locations in Veneta and P-Hill already have a buyer lined up.

    1. Cora says:

      It looks like Veneta will stay open. For a list of stores that will close or stay open, see http://graphics.ckmarket.com/G_Company/StoreList_Final.pdf

  7. GoDawgs says:

    Someone please tell Ms. Nguyen that it is pronounced “CreSwell,” not “CreZwell”

  8. Travis says:

    It’s sad to see the Creswell and other stores close. If it’s any consolation, the Cottage Grove Grocery Outlet is scheduled to open January 16th and they are taking applications now and people can pick them up at the Cottage Grove Community Center or apply online.

  9. steven and vicky nichols says:

    I’m sorry that there going out of business because my mom shops there in grant pass

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