Dari Mart

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Dari Mart
Dari Mart's logo
Industry Retail
Founded 1965
Headquarters Junction City, Oregon,
United States
Number of locations
44
Key people

Gladys Gibson, Pat Straube

president
Products Convenience store operator
Number of employees
450
Website www.darimart.com

Dari Mart is a chain of convenience stores located in the U.S. state of Oregon. Dari Mart has 44 stores located exclusively (as of 2013) within the Willamette Valley of Oregon, from Albany to Cottage Grove. It is most notable as a supplier of milk, ice cream, and other dairy products from Lochmead Farms, one of the largest independent dairy farms in the Pacific Northwest. Most store locations are in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area in Lane County, Oregon. Lochmead Farms sells 1.5 million US gallons (5,700,000 L) of milk and 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000 L) of ice cream a year through the chain of stores, and the joint store-farm operation employs more than 450 people.[citation needed] The company has started selling dairy products internationally as well.

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The first Dari Mart store opened in 1965 as a way to market the farm's dairy products. Gladys and Howard Gibson established Lochmead Farms in 1941, and has been owned for three generations by the Gibson family of Junction City, Oregon. Today, about 20 Gibson family members spread across three generations work with the Dari Mart and Lochmead Farm companies.[1][2]

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