PORTLAND -- A honey beehive was removed Tuesday morning from inside a sign at the Raleigh Hills New Seasons store.
With the help of a beekeeper, they removed a beehive, which had formed in the wall atop the store's roof. The bees got in through two small holes, left-over from a store remodel.
"We decided that we needed to save this hive," said store manager, Bill McGee. "We're protecting the bees because they take care of our local food economy," he said, adding that not a single person was stung during the operation.
Beekeeper, Howard Charleboix used puffs of smoke to help pacify the bees for removal, then, gently placed the queen bee and her workers into a box. The bees’ new home will be an apiary in Oregon City.
"I can support (honeybees) and I can support the environment by maintaining the pollinators we so desperately need world-wide," said Charleboix, adding that 70 percent of the food we eat requires pollination.
After discovering the bees, store employees had fun hyping up the hive, offering honey samples to customers, slinging bees wax candles and even dressing up in bee-inspired outfits.
Managers said they're considering building bee hives on the store roof to be maintained by a beekeeper.
They said they would split the honey produced-- half to the beekeeper, and the other half sold in the store.