Store to undergo significant remodel, open in late April

by: OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Lillian's Marketplace opened in downtown Gresham in August 2010. The organic store is closing Sunday, March 31.

Lillian's Natural Marketplace in downtown Gresham is closing effective Sunday, March 31 and will reopen later in April under a new name and with new management.

“The store was very successful in meeting the needs of those customers who exclusively use natural and organic products,” said Dwight Unti, manager of Natural Food Associates LLC, owner of Lillian’s Natural Marketplace. “But the depth of this niche in Gresham proved to be too small to sustain the business in its current format.”

Lillian’s opened its doors in August 2010, with products aimed at customers who favored organic goods. The store was one of the first businesses in the downtown area to feature outdoor dining, with bistro tables on the corner of Northwest Miller Avenue and Third Street. During the Farmer’s Market season, Lillian’s frequently held children’s activities and product sampling.

Unti said the store will undergo “significant changes” in the coming weeks and will reopen under the name Central Market and Kitchen. The new market will feature a more diversified mix of food products, with an emphasis on fresh and local offerings. A planned “kitchen cove” indoor seating area will have a selection of freshly made sandwiches, small plate dishes, as well as an assortment of local beer and wine.

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