Portland’s first Orchard Supply Hardware outlet opened Tuesday, January 27 in the Hollywood Business District.
Occupying the almost 40,000-square-foot building of the former Hollywood Bowl (4030 N.E. Halsey St.), the California-based store was originally the result of 30 farmers, mostly prune growers, who considered buying their farm supplies as a cooperative.
During the Depression in 1931, each farmer put up $30, and Orchard Supply was born. It has since grown into a 70-store chain throughout California and Oregon. The Hollywood store carries over 40,000 items.
The media previewed Orchard’s Hollywood store on January 23 with a tour of the store and a Hollywood Whole Foods-catered lunch. Store manager Jeff Zesiger explained the store layout and a project demonstration was given at Orchard’s Workbench. Zesiger said the store will begin with a complement of 70 associates and eventually employ 100, all but a half-dozen new hires. About 25% of Orchard’s diversified workforce is full-time.