Former Ultimate Electronics location to see major overhaul in time for Spring 2013 opening

For the first time in more than a year-and-a-half, there is activity at the former Ultimate Electronics store near Highway 217.

Crews are remodeling the 40,000-square-foot space near Southwest Scholls Ferry Road as one of two new Orchard Supply Hardware stores in Washington County.

Orchard, a San Jose, Calif.-based big box hardware chain, said it will open the Tigard location, as well as a new store in Cedar Mill in spring 2013.

The new Tigard location is good news for the vacant blue and yellow building. Its former tenant, Ultimate Electronics, spent months converting the store for Ultimate’s Oregon debut in November 2010, only to close four months later when the company filed for bankruptcy.

The storefront has sat empty since that time.

Like Ultimate, the store will be the first Oregon store for Orchard, which currently operates 89 stores in California.

Orchard started as a farmer’s co-op in San Jose in 1931.

“It’s a perfect transplant for us,” said Joe Kelly, Orchard’s regional manager for Oregon. “The people up there (in Portland) don’t have anything like this, we’re a little bit eclectic, and we’re different from home improvement stores.”

The stores will offer an assortment of tools, furnishings, housewares, paint, gardening equipment and home improvement gear. It will compete with several area hardware retailers, such as Ace Hardware, The Home Depot and Lowe’s, which all operate stores in the Tigard and Beaverton areas.

Kelly disagreed with the notion that Orchard is a “big box retailer,” saying it was somewhere in between larger home improvement stores like The Home Depot and franchises like Ace Hardware.

“We’re not a small, big box store, we’re more of a big, small box store,” he said. “We don’t have lumber materials or things like that, but we have a larger breadth of categories. We’re very unique.”

Mark Baker, Orchard’s president and CEO, said the company was also looking into additional store locations around Portland. His company has thought about expanding north for years.

“Oregon’s community values, pride in ownership and strong do-it-yourself mentality are ideals we’ve lived as a company for more than 80 years,” Baker said.

The Tigard storefront, located on Cascade Avenue near Shane Company is expected to bring about 100 new jobs to Tigard.

The Cedar Mill store, located in the former Bally’s Total Fitness space at 10860 S.W. Barnes Road, will hire similar numbers, Baker said.

Construction on the two stores began earlier this month, and the stores are expected to open April 2013, Kelly said.

A mass-hire event is expected in mid-February, Kelly said. Interested applicants can also apply on Orchards website,

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