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C&K to Open Regional Office

BROOKINGS, Ore. — C&K Market here said it plans to shift some administrative staff to a new regional facility in Medford, Ore., beginning the first week of December.

The move is intended to ease crowded conditions at its main office here and also to make its buyers more accessible to national vendors. C&K operates 65 stores across a 600-mile radius that extends from Oregon to coastal areas of Northern California.

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According to Greg Sandeno, chief executive officer, the company plans to grow through acquisitions over the next few years — not only within its current operating area but also further east into the interior of Northern California and possibly north into Washington, though it's not ruling out moves into other contiguous states if opportunities present themselves. "Independent operators in the West know that if they don't have an alternate plan for passing on their business, C&K is the company they should contact," Sandeno said.

Brookings is located along the Oregon coast; Medford is about 126 miles inland, adjacent to a major airport. Many employees currently commute from Medford to Brookings every Monday and stay in area hotels, at the company's expense, before returning home Fridays, so the decision to open a Medford office will "eliminate that grind and give them more quality time with their families," Sandeno said.

The regional office will house about 20 of the company's 90 staffers, including some buyers and others who work in training and development — for which there's no space at the main office — and in real estate and construction.

Because of its adjacency to the Medford airport, the regional facility will give national sales reps easier access to buyers "and give us better access to more national players," Sandeno said.

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