Lamb's, Bales Thriftway stores closing in Washington County
Three Thriftway grocery stores in Washington County are closing, although the company has not yet informed employees when the closures will happen.
The stores are Lamb's Garden Home Marketplace, 7410 S.W. Oleson Road, Bales Cedar Mill Thriftway at 12675 N.W. Cornell Road, north of Beaverton, and Bales Farmington Thriftway at 17675 S.W. Farmington Road in Aloha. The closures will reportedly take place in October, though there is no official word.
Local 555 of United Food and Commercial Workers represents the 66 employees who would be affected by two of the Washington County closures in Cedar Mill and Aloha.
"We are really disappointed; it's such a shame," said Kelley McAllister, communications director for Local 555. "But we are going to help everybody involved to the best of our ability."
The Lake Oswego Review, The Times' sister paper, reported Wednesday, Sept. 11, that a third store, Palisades Market Place at 1377 McVey Ave. in Lake Oswego, is also closing.
McAllister said she has received questions about the status of the Garden Home store, but she said she had no information. Notices posted on the automated teller machines inside the store say they will be shut down permanently on Oct. 23.
The Garden Home store dates back to 1957, according to the Garden Home History Project. The Lamb family sold that business and several other stores to Signature Northwest LLC in 2015, although a Lamb family member owns the grocery building and others in the shopping complex. The "Lamb's Thriftway Marketplace" sign was removed last year and replaced with "Garden Home Marketplace."
McAllister said the company has not told employees when the stores will close.
"Our representatives at those stores are aware of the situation and are in contact with their members," McAllister said. "We are having meetings to talk about what their choices are, where they can find work and how we can help them find work, and what sort of help they might need during the transition."
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