Local Choice set to shutter Pearl District store

Cathy Cheney

Local Choice's Don Sader will close the store on Friday.

The Local Choice Produce Market, which opened last January as a Pearl District option for shoppers seeking locally produced goods, is closing its doors.

“After exhausting all efforts to create a sustainable business, Local Choice Produce Market is closing its doors this Friday,” wrote owners Don and Georgeanne Sader, on the company’s website. “We are exploring ways to re-structure, re-brand and re-launch the business but, for now, we have to say good-bye.

“We appreciate the many supportive friends, customers, employees and suppliers who have done their best to help us and we encourage everyone to keep supporting local.”

The Saders spent $2 million to open the store, which employed 65 employees in its 6,500-square-foot space. The couple spent two years developing the idea.

“We’re not a health food store,” Sader said at the time. “We’re a real food store.”

The store offered an array of sustainably produced goods, such as Masala Pop popcorn and Base Camp Brewing’s lagers and ales.

The company didn't immediately return a call requesting comments.


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