Stash Tea moves its headquarters and retail store from Tigard to downtown Portland
Stash Tea Co., founded in 1972, is preparing to move its headquarters and retail store from a Tigard business park to the heart of downtown Portland.
The company will occupy a 7,000 square foot space at Southwest Yamhill Street and Ninth Avenue, where it will have a storefront in a city-owned parking lot across from Director Park. The space will house corporate offices and a retail store with a tea bar. Stash has 35 employees in Portland.
The move comes after the company ended its lease of its current offices near the Bridgeport Village shopping center, said Daniel Kerbel, vice president of global marketing at Stash Tea. He said the decision to move to downtown Portland was part of the company’s rebranding efforts to get back to its roots.
“For us, it’s important to be connected to the pulse of Portland,” Kerbel said. “We are proudly a Portland brand. We love the kind of talent we can hire here, and ultimately that’s our roots. So we want to be very true to our roots.
Stash Tea got its start 50 years ago when the founders began selling loose leaf teas and herbs in an old Victorian home on Water Avenue in southwest Portland.
As the company grew, Stash moved its headquarters to a larger space with a manufacturing facility in Tigard, Kerbel said. The company moved its production and manufacturing to California after Yamamotoyama, a three-century-old Japanese tea company, acquired Stash in 1993.
“Coming back to town is part of our 50th anniversary in the market,” Kerbel said. “For many, this looks like a bold move. But for us, it should be easy to get back to where we started.
The company is still seeking municipal permits and plans to start renovating its new space in August. Kerbel said the company hopes to move into the new downtown space around November or December.
“We’d like to have our store open by the new year, so we can capture what we call our ‘high season,’ which is basically winter,” Kerbel said.
–Kristine de Leon, [email protected], 503-221-8506