Thursday, May 29, 2008

Portland Area Retail Closures

From the Oregonian:

Locked doors and news reports were the only notices that many employees of four Portland-area Chili's Grill & Bar restaurants received Monday and Tuesday informing them they were out of work.

Several said while jobs of the roughly 200 employees at Chili's weren't lucrative positions, they enjoyed their work, felt a sense of belonging in the restaurants and worried they'd missed a chance at summertime hiring elsewhere.

"The hardest thing is that we are not a bunch of slackers who don't want real jobs," said Jennifer Kennedy, who worked at the Wilsonville restaurant for more than three years. In Oregon, only the Eugene and Clackamas restaurants remain open.

"I worked with some of the most amazing single parents. Some of us were college students working full-time hours and going to school full time. Some of us just had babies and have mortgages to pay. Some of us were just getting ready to start house-hunting. Some of us work two jobs and love that Chili's is our home away from home."

Kennedy said she finished four busy shifts over the weekend and was surprised to hear Tuesday morning that her restaurant had been closed.

All but one of the Portland-area Chili's closed their doors and removed their red hot-pepper signs this week without any notice to customers and employees.

I’ve decided to start tracking the store closures in our area but I need a little help determining the exact number of store for The Sharper Image & Bombay. Here is what I have so far:

Sharper Image - Tanasbourne, Washington Sq, Pioneer Place,
Bombay - Washington Sq, Tanasbourne, Clackamas Town Center

Here are the others that I’ve added to the list. Please let me know if I’ve missed any…
Wicks (5 stores)
Linens & Things (1 Store)
Chili’s Grill & Bar (4 stores)

As more stores close I'll update the list...