Hobby Lobby, Shoe Firm & Apparel Co. Invade Oregon
By Oregon Small Business Association
In late 2014, Hobby Lobby will open a 61,000 square-foot store in Albany’s Heritage Mall. The Christian-based crafts store currently has 531 stores in 44 states. In April, Hobby Lobby set its minimum wage at $14 for full-time hourly workers and $9.50 for part-time, both of which far exceed Oregon’s minimum wage. Heritage Mall is located near Interstate 5 and Oregon State University.
Respect Your Universe, Inc.
A recent relocation of their headquarters from LasVegas to Portland consolidated Respect Your Universe’s product development, marketing, sales and accounting teams. Initially focused on mixed-martial arts apparel, the company has expanded to include other performance apparel. The company’s flagship retail store is in LasVegas, but additional west coast retail space is planned.
On Inc., a Zurich-based running shoe company has established its U.S. headquarters in the Pearl District of Portland. Their shoe technology is based on the patented CloudTec system of flexible tubular pieces which absorb vertical and horizontal forces. On Inc. has eight full-time employees and five independent sales representatives in Portland.