- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Pendleton Grain Growers Inc., the longtime local farmers’ cooperative, is officially out of the retail business.

The co-op said Friday that its AG Supply store in Island City will be restructured as a pump and irrigation business.

Spokeswoman Maddee Moore says the co-op will also close its sixth and final retail store in Joseph. Stores in Pendleton, Hermiston, Athena and Milton-Freewater already closed Sept. 5.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/E7How4 ) that the co-op couldn’t find buyers for its stores.

Moore says moving away from retail is part of an effort to restructure services and focus more on core areas of operation, such as grain, seed and energy.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info


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