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Can Joseph grocer create La Grande mainstay?
JOSEPH — A decade ago the building at 208 N. Main St. sat vacant in downtown Joseph.
Two operators had attempted to establish a grocery store at the location to no avail.
Developer and owner of the property, Al Adelsberger, and his business concierge, Terry DeSpain, were about to lease the property for another use but changed their minds at the last minute, Adelsberger said.
“Terry DeSpain exhausted the local operators,” Adelsberger says, and after finding none, they contacted grocery co-op URM Foods, previously known as United Retail Merchants.
That’s how they met Troy Berglund.
For Adelsberger, Berglund was the most sensible choice of the operators recommended by URM. His speciality is meat cutting, a skill that Adelsberger and DeSpain could not overlook in the cattle country of Northeast Oregon.
See more in Monday's edition of The Observer.