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Ray's Food Place parent company will emerge from bankruptcy

 Posted: 10:30 AM July 02, 2014

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has signed off on C&K Market's reorganization plan, allowing the parent company of Ray's Food Place grocery stores to emerge from Chapter 11 protection.

Judge Frank R. Alley III signed an order Monday confirming C&K Market's plan.

C&K said it's preparing to launch new initiatives, including its Eat Fresh Eat Local program providing produce from nearby family farms at 11 Ray's Food Place stores in Oregon.

"These farmers use sustainable methods, and we're proud to offer our customers more than 100 varieties of local fruits and vegetables," Karl Wissmann, C&K Market's president, said in a statement.

Customers may also sign up for a Pick 5 Community Supported Agriculture program.

Registered customers can visit a participating store and pick five fruits and vegetables Saturdays between 7 a.m. to noon. The program begins July 5 and runs through Sept. 6.

Wissmann said other initiatives that will be rolled out soon, including a specialty candy program featuring nostalgic, sugar-free and gourmet selections; a new natural pork program; additional hot food items and salad bars; and an expanded wine selection in many stores.

"We're responding to what our customers want," Wissmann said.

— Greg Stiles

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