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Farmer-owned cooperative carries everything from lawn and garden items to pet products, hardware

COURTESY PHOTO: WILCO - Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative store, will open at the former Walmart property on Jean Road in early 2020. The farmer-owned cooperative store Wilco announced it will open a new store at 17711 Jean Way in Lake Oswego early next year.

The new location will bring the store, which is based in Mt. Angel, to about 20 locations across Oregon and Washington. According to a press release, Wilco is "committed to nurturing the passions of small-town living" and carries everything from lawn and garden items to pet products, hardware and livestock and farm supplies. The store will also offer "deep pet care," including a full-service dog grooming operation.

The store is expected to employ about 40 people.

"We look for locations that our research shows have an unmet need for our top-quality products and services," Wilco CEO Tim Ramsey said in the press release. "As a former Lake Oswego resident, I'm excited to be revitalizing the vacant building and supporting the local economy. This is a great opportunity to extend Wilco's love of the land and commitment to fostering community to my former neighbors."

Wilco, according to the press release, is known for supporting programs like 4H, FFA, equestrian teams, sports facilities, dog parks and community gardens.

"The cooperative also continues to add sustainability programs such as their annual battery roundup, feed bag recycling and a new recycling program for denim jeans," the release said.

The property at Jean Way, just off Boones Ferry Road and near I-5, housed a Wild Oats store until it closed in 2007. After five years of vacancy, a Walmart neighborhood market arrived at the property in 2012; that store closed in 2016.


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