RR Donnelley to close NE plant; Whole Foods 365 to open in Lake Oswego.
RR Donnelley will shut down its printing plant in Northeast Portland.
In a notice filed with Oregon’s workforce development office, the company said the cuts will begin around Aug. 1. The company cited “changing market conditions” as the reason for shuttering the plant and said “all employees involved in directory and print fulfillment work” will be affected.
(READ MORE: Portland Business Journal)
Whole Foods will open its 365 concept store in Lake Oswego on July 14.
The Oregon store will mark the second in the nation for the new chain, after the first opens in May in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. The third is scheduled to open in Bellevue later this fall, with 10 additional stores to follow next year.
According to its website, Whole Foods operates eight stores in Oregon: seven in the Portland area and one in Bend.
The 365 chain has billed itself as a smaller, value-driven store centered on its private label brand, similar to Trader Joe’s strategy. While the chain is definitely “Millennial-minded,” 365 President Jeff Turnas said he hopes the chain will appeal to other age groups as well.
(READ MORE: Oregon Live)