Chester’s Thriftway


Chester’s Thriftway in John Day has been a family run business from the beginning. Along with the Thompson family members, Bill Wyllie has been the Store Manager over 32 years and Lenny Dowdy the Meat Department Manager for 31 years this May!
“Even though we’re the only full size store in the community, our customers travel, so we strive to provide the best service and products to make shopping here a good experience so they will return,” explains Bill Wyllie.
In the meat department discover a selection of fresh meats including a variety of Painted Hills Natural and Grass-fed products. “Our customers appreciate that it is local; this is beef raised by folks they know and have connections with,” states Lenny. “Once we introduced it, we have people who won’t buy anything else.”
Chester’s Thriftway in John Day specializes in the groceries your family needs. Whatever you are looking for, you’ll find it at Chester’s. Visit their supermarket and see what they have to offer.

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631 West Main St., John Day, OR 97845
Phone: (541) 575-1899