Chuck's plans "green" grocery store

By Cami Joner, Columbian retail & real estate reporter

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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.