The event kicked off at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, with a traditional, chainsaw, board-cutting ceremony led by store manager Jeff Zesiger.
Even at that early hour, there was a line of people out-the-door, waiting to take advantage of the special deals and giveaways Orchard’s offered as a part of the celebration.
Orchard Supply President Bob Tellier and Vice President Bruce Levitin were also in town for the event and presented Portland charity partner Friends of Trees with a $5,000 check.
As part of the chain’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” philosophy, each new store selects a charity partner. The Hollywood store will team with Friends of Trees to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces. The organizations kicked off their partnership in early April, when six Orchard’s associates joined the nonprofit in planting nearly 100 trees in the surrounding neighborhood.
“Over the past few months, the Hollywood team has loved getting to know our surrounding community,” said Zesiger. “The associates from the area have helped all of us to get to know the neighborhood and we’re looking forward to continuing to create relationships here over the coming years.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with Jeff and his team to help Orchard Supply establish roots in the community,” said Andy Meeks, Friends of Trees development manager. “Their commitment to helping their neighbors aligns with and directly supports our work in bringing neighborhoods together to plant street and yard trees. We look forward to partnering with them for many years.”
The new store’s design incorporates elements from the old bowling alley site, including wood from the original lanes which was re-purposed and is now on display in the lobby with a custom mural of the iconic Hollywood Theatre, created by local artist Loey Hargrove of Left Ear Studio.
Orchard Supply Hardware operates neighborhood hardware and garden stores focused on paint, repair and the backyard. The company was founded as a purchasing cooperative in San Jose, California, in 1931. The chain currently operates 72 stores in California and three stores in Oregon with stores averaging approximately 32,000 square feet of interior selling space and 8,000 square feet of exterior nursery and garden space.
The Hollywood store features Orchard’s signature “Workbench,” an expanded customer support area for basic maintenance needs, such as knife sharpening, lock re-keying, rescreening and bike repair.
“Portland’s community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals that our company has embodied for nearly 85 years,” said Tellier. “We look forward to becoming an active member of Northeast Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood.”