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A fresh face for local community store

Russ Hyatt, the new owner of Silverdale Red Apple Market, stands in front of the produce section inside the store. - Photo by Rachel Brant
Russ Hyatt, the new owner of Silverdale Red Apple Market, stands in front of the produce section inside the store.
— image credit: Photo by Rachel Brant

Russ Hyatt has been in the grocery business since he was a teenager.

His years of experience recently landed him the head position at Silverdale Red Apple Market.

On June 3, Hyatt became the newest owner of Silverdale Red Apple Market on Silverdale Way. He took over the grocery store from Tim Garguile, who owned the store for seven years.

“It’s a viable little community store right now,” Hyatt said. “We just hope to keep it going.”

In 2000, Garguile and his brother Steve bought the Silverdale Red Apple Market. The brothers also owned the Red Apple Market in Bremerton. Red Apple Market owners were in talks with Associated Grocers in Seattle to liquidate the store when the Garguile brothers took over.

Hyatt worked for Associated Grocers for 10 years and operated the Silverdale Red Apple Market in 1999 before the Garguile brothers took over.

“Whenever we would acquire the store back for whatever reason I run them,” Hyatt said.

Hyatt has returned to Silverdale Red Apple Market, bringing many years of experience. When he was 16 years old, he started working for Albertsons and was there for 12 years. Hyatt then worked for Top Foods in Federal Way for five years, Olsen’s Foods for a couple of years and was with Associated Grocers for 10 years.

“I’ve basically been in the grocery business since I was 16, almost all my life,” he said with a smile.

The switch of ownership in June went smoothly for Hyatt. Many of Garguile’s employees stayed at the grocery store and the business already had a large contingent of regular customers.

Hyatt said Silverdale Red Apple Market is a community grocery store and hopes customers will be impressed with the product selection and service at the store.

“My goal is to always keep store conditions at a premium,” he said. “Well-stocked, clean store, that’s second to none in customer service. We offer a lot better customer service than you’ll find at big companies.”

Since Hyatt took over the store, the business has added a salad bar and plans to make more changes including expanding the deli food selection and adding more natural and organic foods.

“We now have a salad bar, we never had a salad bar before,” Hyatt said. “We’re really going to take a look at product mix.”

Hyatt said Silverdale Red Apple Market boasts a large wine and beer selection. The business also does well in the produce, meat and deli section.

“They really are the key to the success of this store I think,” he said.

Hyatt was born and raised in Washington. He bought his first house on the Hood Canal when he was 21 years old. Although the grocery store is primarily his responsibility, his wife helps out whenever she has free time.

“It’s pretty much my deal to run the store,” Hyatt said. “She’ll help when she has days off.”

The lease for the Silverdale Red Apple Market has been secured for up to 18 years, so Hyatt hopes to serve the Silverdale community for many years.

“It’s an older store, but it’s got a lot of potential,” he said. “We plan to serve this community for many years to come.”

Silverdale Red Apple Market

9451 Silverdale Way, Silverdale

(360) 613-2636

Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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