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Grocer brings new shopping concept to Corvallis
Natural, conventional, organic, local choices all in one place

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nowhere else in Corvallis will you find a greater selection of choices than the new 40,000-square-foot Market of Choice set to open at 9th & Circle on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

Market of Choice promises to please anyone who seeks a complete shopping experience. Featuring an expansive produce selection, upscale kitchen, modern bakery, gourmet deli, specialty cheese, beer and wine shops, whole health and bulk items, and a full-service meat and seafood department, it brings an amazing array of choices to Corvallis.

“We’re excited to be here,” said Market of Choice President Rick Wright. “We’ve received many positive comments, employment inquires and questions about construction progress over the last couple months. Mostly, people just want to know when we’re opening, which makes us feel very welcomed.”

Owned and operated by the Wright family for 32 years, the business has grown from a single store to eight Markets from Portland to Ashland, operating with professional chefs, bakers, and stewards of wine, beer, cheese and coffee.

While growing their business, the Wrights have provided mostly full-time jobs for thousands of people who receive higher-than-average industry wages and benefits. Today, they employ 800 and help support many local farmers and producers by purchasing items grown and made in Oregon. The opening of their newest store in Corvallis will create more than 100 new jobs and 22 transfer positions for existing employees.

Eager to open, Store Manager Brett Wallace said he’s looking forward to getting to know the people of Corvallis and knows they’ll feel at home at Market of Choice.

“It’s a very exciting time for us and Corvallis. This Market is unlike anything else in the area, and people will love our selection,” Wallace said. “If you have ever been to a Market of Choice, you know that customer service comes first. If there’s something you can’t find, just ask – we’ll do our best to get it.”

Similar to its flagship Market at 29th & Willamette in Eugene, the new Corvallis Market includes many green building materials, yet its design and mechanical elements set it apart from the rest.

They include:

State-of-the-art glycol refrigerant, an organic compound that creates a very efficient heat and hot water reclamation system that warms water and the store, while cutting the use of Freon by 80 percent.

Design elements that allow for day lighting, as well as 40 solar tracking skylights that offer computer-assisted control to reduce the Market’s dependency on electricity for lighting by 75 percent.

Energy savers, such as LED lights, computer-controlled heating on freezer doors, and an extremely efficient office heating and cooling system that transfers heat between rooms rather than creating new heat. In addition to traditional recycling, Market of Choice will also be the first large business in

Corvallis to separate compostable food waste and landfill waste, Wright said. “We should reduce our landfill waste by 50 percent and provide Allied Waste an excellent product to use for its compost. In Eugene, we pay lower dumping and hauling fees for compostable waste. In Corvallis, we will pay a lot more. Many retailers are simply unable to shoulder that kind of extra expense. But we feel it’s the right thing to do, and we’re happy to do it.”



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