Market of Choice
|Headquarters||Eugene, Oregon, U.S.|
|Richard Wright Sr., Founder|
The Market of Choice stores are owned by Market of Choice, Inc. The company began in 1979 with a single store owned by Richard Wright, Sr. in Cottage Grove, Oregon. By 2011, Market of Choice had seven stores, with four in Eugene and one each in Ashland, Portland, West Linn and Corvallis. As of June 2016, with the opening of a store in Bend, the total has grown to ten. In 2017, Market of Choice will open its newest store at 10th and Belmont in Portland.
The company is now run by the founder's son Rick Wright. Rick Wright reorganized his father's company, which included Price Chopper and Thriftway stores, and created Market of Choice. As part of their rebranding, Price Chopper stores transitioned to the name PC Market and finally to Market of Choice.
Market of Choice stores was voted the best grocery store, natural food store and salad bar in Lane County, in The Register-Guard's Readers' Choice awards in 2016. The Eugene stores were also a winner in the dessert category. The Bend Market of Choice store was voted one of the Best Grocery Stores in Central Oregon in 2016 by the readers of Source Weekly.
Market of Choice has reduced their energy consumption by about 15-20% using a variety of means, including employee training, equipment maintenance, and replacing outdated refrigeration with more energy efficient equipment. The Willamette Street location in Eugene produces solar energy, with a 30.8 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, which is one of the largest such systems in the city. This store also composts its organic waste onsite, and the company looks for earth-friendly packaging material for its goods.
In September 2008, Market of Choice removed the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores.
- Nine locations listed at "Locations". Market of Choice. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
- Market of Choice: About Us
- Vance, Miles (January 22, 2015). "New Market of Choice grocery store now open in Bend". s. p. A3. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
- "Market of Choice Manages Their Energy Right". Betterbricks. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
- "A supermarket that deserves the label". The Register-Guard. March 2, 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
- "Grocery chain cuts plastic bags". KVAL-TV. September 11, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2008.