Chuck’s plans “green” grocery store




Chuck’s Produce and Street Market is looking to make its second Clark County store even more environmentally friendly to complement the organic fruits and vegetables it sells.

The Vancouver-based grocer expects to break ground next week on its Salmon Creek store at 2302 N.E. 117th St., according to a statement released Friday, which listed a new cost of $10 million for the project. Developers from Hawthorn Development in Vancouver say green design elements like pervious paving and rain gardens are among plans to reduce stormwater run-off from the development, being built on four acres at the intersection of Northeast Highway 99 and 117th Street, near the Salmon Creek’s wetlands.

Low-energy lighting and electric car-charging stations also are planned for the 45,000-square-foot store. A second, 14,000-square-foot retail building is planned as part of the overall development as well.

The project qualified for fee reductions of more than $250,000 through newly enacted Clark County job-creation incentives for commercial developments, the written statement said. Chuck’s is expected to generate between 115 and 130 full-time jobs upon its completion. Developers anticipate opening by mid summer 2013.

The first Chuck’s store opened in 2010 in a vacant G.I. Joe’s sporting goods store in east Vancouver at Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 131st Avenue.

The new store will feature similar products, including produce, hormone-free meat, dairy foods, bulk goods, an artisan bakery and a delicatessen, the press release said.