[updated] And then there were three. Word on the street is that the Zupan’s SE Belmont location lost their lease. At this point they have stopped ordering perishables, other goods will not be restocked after the 8th. The store will close on January 22nd. As of this point over 50% of their employees have been placed at other locations within the chain.
The 10,000 square foot Zupan’s Belmont store opened in 1996 in the former Carnation Dairy building. Following the Belmont closure, they will have stores at 2340 W. Burnside in the Uptown Shopping Center, 16380 Boones Ferry Rd in Lake Oswego, and at 7721 SW Macadam. The chain, founded in 1975, has slowly imploded over the years, closing stores in Jantzen Beach, Raleigh Hills, West Linn, Salmon Creek, Battleground, McMinnville, Sherwood, Vancouver, Roseburg and Tigard. In 2011, founder John Zupan died in a car accident, just after his son, Mike took over the business.
I used to shop at Zupan’s all the time, but their prices have climbed so much over the years, I finally switched to Whole Foods.