The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings-based CandK Markets announced this week that it is adding two more stores to its chain of markets in Oregon.

CandK, which owns ShopSmart and Ray's Food Place markets, will be taking over Select Market in Drain and the Philomath Thriftway in Philomath

Drain is a rural town with deep roots in the logging industry and is at the crossroads of Oregon Route 99 and 38, at a pass in the Coast Range on the way to the Pacific Ocean, according to a CandK press release.

Plans to update the interior decor and racking areunder way with a grand opening date tentatively set for Thursday, Aug. 16.

"We are pleased to acquire the Select Market in Drain and the opportunity it affords us to serve the Draincommunity and surrounding areas," said CandK Market, Inc. Executive Vice President Alan Nidiffer.

Highlights of the grand opening festivities will include giveaways, enter-to-wins, a free community barbecue and special product offers.

CandK recently purchased the Philomath Thriftway, locatedfive miles south of Corvallis (home of Oregon State University), and is significantly renovating the existingbuilding, which will be renamed Ray's Food Place.

Plans for the Aug. 8 grand opening are under way with giveaways, a free community barbecue and special product offers highlighting the festivities.

"The community of Philomath is a natural fit with our companies' core competencies of quality, service and local offerings," said Nidiffer said.