PHOENIX, Ore. — According to store management, the Ray’s in Phoenix will not be closing its doors.
Shortly after C&K Markets declared bankruptcy, it seems some of the Ray’s Supermarkets are being spared. On Monday, store management confirmed rumors that had been flying around all weekend.
NewsWatch12 is still waiting on an official response from C&K corporate, but it looks like the Ray’s Food Place in Phoenix is being spared the chopping block. Store management says they were told by corporate they’d be sticking around, but they still aren’t quite sure why.
Initially it looked like 35 people at the Phoenix store would have been left without a job. Employees say they’re obviously excited about the news, as well as the city of Phoenix.
The city manager says they had nothing to do with the company’s apparent decision to keep the store open, but they were prepared to do what they could to help to store out.
City administrators were considering a number of ideas, including relieving the store of its tax obligation to the city – that would have amounted to about 3% of the store’s property taxes. Fortunately, it looks like it never had to come to that.
“It’s our sole grocery store, and it goes back to the history of Phoenix when they first came in and being a part of the city and being part of supporting a small town,” explained Phoenix City Manager Steve Dahl.
City administrators say the store does a good job of catering to the town’s large Hispanic population, both in terms of pricing and availability of ethnic foods. They say finding another company to replace that gap would have been very difficult.