Orchard Supply to open Oregon stores

Orchard Supply Hardware Stores will open its first two Oregon stores in Portland and Tigard. Construction will begin this month, and the build-out is expected to be completed during the first half of 2013.

"We have wanted to bring Orchard to Oregon for a long time, and we're thrilled to finally be entering the market," said Mark Baker, president and CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware. "Oregon's community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals we've lived as a company for more than 80 years. Our stores deliver the variety of merchandise that customers demand, with the high-touch, knowledgeable service necessary to keep the fun in do-it-yourself projects. We look forward to being an active member of this vibrant community."

The Portland store will be located at 10860 SW Barnes Rd. in the former Bally's Fitness space, and the Tigard store will be located at 9770 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. across from Washington Square in the former Ultimate Electronics building.  

Founded in 1931, Orchard now operates 89 full-service stores throughout California. The Oregon openings represent the first out-of-state expansion for the company, and each location is expected to employ about 100 people. Orchard is also looking for additional locations in the greater Portland area.

Orchard's stores feature a "race-track" layout, which maximizes traffic flow and helps customers find items fast. The company’s stores also offer an expanded and centralized customer-service area referred to as the "Workbench," where customers get assistance with basic hardware needs.

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