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Oregon chain restaurants are not immune to economic ills

October 14, 2008

Despite a great location along two highways, this Beaverton Burger King was suddenly closed in the past few weeks.  Next to it was an Azteca Restaurant which represents the largest Mexican chain in the Pacific Northwest.  The Azteca was sold and converted into a private family establishment.    Several blocks West lies an abandoned Chili’s which was one of four Chili’s that closed in the Portland area putting over 250 employees out of work.  Next to that Chili’s is an abandoned Hooters which closed this year as well.

Regardless of chain size, many Oregon restaurants are vulnerable to economic realities in Oregon.  Nationwide, sit-down restaurants saw a 1.8% decline for the first eight months of the year According to Knapp-Track.   The closing of restaurants has been a plus for many grocery stores.  A Portland Trader Joe’s manager saw store sales increase this season as families chose to eat out less.   Shoppers are voting with their feet.

Note: Non-chain restaurants also saw some doors close this year as well such as; Mark Lindsay’s Rock N Roll Cafe, D.F. and Taqueria Nueve.

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Yago October 14, 2008

I think it is interesting that a drop of 1.8% can hit so many restaurants so hard.

Bud October 14, 2008

Each restaurant has its own reason for closings. Not all are related to the economy. Although the economy has made everything worse. By everything, I mean everything. Everything.

sybella October 14, 2008

As a business owner, this goes beyond poor economy. Mandates such as the menu mandate, minimum wage, health insurance etc. are costly to a business, slowing or stopping the ability to increase wages on good workers, pay bills, or even see what can be done to provide a better business for the public.

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