C&K Market, Brookings, Ore., said Tuesday it is preparing to launch a series of new fresh-oriented programs after receiving court approval Monday for its plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Following court approval of the reorganization plan, the chain will no longer operate under supervision by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, as it has since it filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition in late November.

C&K did not say when it will formally emerge, though it previously said it will be sometime during the summer.

In disclosing approval of the company’s reorganization plan, Karl Wissman, president of the 45-store chain, said C&K plans to “respond to what our customers want” by implementing programs that provide them with healthier food choices and locally grown produce.

Those programs will include the following, the company said:

• A local farm-to-store produce program called Eat Fresh Eat Local, which will be launched at 11 Ray’s Food Place locations in Oregon. The program will bring more than 100 varieties of local fruits and vegetables from nearrby family farms to the stores.

• A Pick 5 Community-Supported Agriculture program, running from July 5 through Sept. 6, in which customers can sign up to pick five locally grown fruits and vegetables from participating stores every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.


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• The addition of more than 1,000 healthy items, plus expanded offerings of produce and meat, at a remodeled Ray’s store in Roseburg, Ore., that is scheduled to open in August. Special signage will call attention to the new items, which will eventually be expanded chainwide, the company noted.

• A specialty candy program featuring nostalgic, sugar-free and gourmet selections.

• A new natural pork program.

• Additional hot food items and salad bars.

• An expanded selection of wines.

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