A company representative told The Columbian via email on Tuesday that the business has not been sold, but did not provide any more information.
Chuck’s owner, Premier Management Services Corp., is co-owned by Bart Colson. Colson is a partner in Vancouver-based Hawthorn Retirement Group, which owns numerous senior care facilities in the U.S. Among Hawthorn’s locations is Springwood Landing Gracious Retirement Living in Vancouver.
Hawthorn Retirement Group developed the Salmon Creek store. At the time, Chuck’s planned to expand throughout the Portland-Vancouver area and possibly into Puget Sound and Salem, Ore., according to a 2013 Columbian article.
Chuck’s is known as one of the county’s premier grocers, and one of few that is locally owned. Unlike chain supermarkets, it is closed on Saturdays. It also does not sell pork, shellfish or wine.
Chuck’s has deep ties to community service; it regularly hosts toy drives to benefit Clark County children and participates in the Walk & Knock food drive.
This year, the store also won a national competition of more than 150 grocery store companies from the National Watermelon Promotion Board for the best in-store marketing display.
Other locally owned grocery stores have followed a similar path; New Seasons was posted for sale and sold to a South Korean owner at the end of 2019. Fred Meyer was sold to Kroger in 1998.
The Columbian could not reach Colson for comment on why he is selling the stores.