New-format retailer hopes concept is right for Northwest

The Netherlands-based gourmet retail chain Oil and Vinegar unveiled on Dec. 5 its third specialty store at Clackamas Town Center.

This culinary 'boutique shop' concept - designed by the well-known Terry Moore - brings together a range of international food and cooking products, presented in alluring, contemporary Mediterranean-style surroundings.

'After a very successful introduction of the new format this summer in Asheville, N.C., we are thrilled to introduce the new design here in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up,' said Matt Stermer, the company's chief executive officer. 'The greater Portland market is perfect for our concept given the rich food and wine culture and discerning palates of Oregonians. Local franchise owners, Dani and Paul Bohannon, fell in love with the concept when they stumbled upon our show booth at the Portland Seafood and Wine Festival over a year prior and are now sharing their passion for the Oil and Vinegar brand with Oregon foodies,' Stermer said.

'Clackamas Town Center is thrilled to be bringing the first Oil and Vinegar to the state,' said Dennis Curtis, senior general manager at Clackamas Town Center. 'The addition of this fantastic store exemplifies our ongoing commitment to offer the best retail in the area.'

Oil and Vinegar is on the upper level between Macy's and Nordstrom.

Oil and Vinegar was founded in the Netherlands in 1999. In 2004, the company expanded the concept to the United States and today there are more than 80 stores operating in nine countries.

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