Seattle is saying goodbye to another iconic landmark.
In a statement published on their website and social media, Oberto announced its iconic factory store at 1715 Rainier Avenue S will close as of March 21, 2021. Oberto will still have operations in Kent and Renton.
Oberto has been making specialty meat products in Seattle for more than 100 years. Seattle Refined visited the "beef jerky heaven" Kent factory location back in 2017, where we got to see the company in action. Oberto has been at the Rainier Avenue location since 1953, where it served as headquarters and production plant until it became a storefront in 1978.
"No one could have imagined that the company would grow to employ more than 900 people and that the Rainier structure would become a Seattle landmark," the statement read.
The closure of the Rainier location will allow the Hamlin Robinson School, located next door, to expand — the school "ignites the academic and creative potential of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences."
"The Hamlin Robinson School builds on the value my grandparents, Art and Dorothy Oberto, placed on education," said Stephen Oberto in the statement. "They believed that all kids can have success in the future through the opportunity of quality early learning. While this transition comes with mixed emotions, I am confident that the Hamlin Robinson School will add tremendous value to the community of Seattle."
Seattleites can still get their favorite Oberto products at most local grocery/convenience stores, online or at the Renton location (near IKEA).