Friday, April 10, 2009

(GI) Joes Departure

Another big Portland retailer is leaving. More commonly known as G.I. Joes is starting its closing sale today. All stores to be shuttered by the end of June. This is another blow to the Portland area, we lost Circuit City recently, which has left some empty spaces, now imagine GI Joes gone from the landscape. Left and Right places are folding up, because of various reasons, but they all seem to trace back to the management poorly running the company. Gottshalks, which has some stores in rural places and in Oregon is also slated to close. Maybe this is a time for the mom and pop shops to make a comeback, or open your own small business selling Sports gear at reasonable prices. If I had the money, I would open my own music shop here in Portland, and bring back what we miss about Tower, except the (list) prices. So after GI Joes closes, the only question is....whos next?

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