Yes, it’s true.
The 82nd Ave Value Village thrift store is closing this week. Everything in the store is half-off through Tuesday, after which they’ll be shuttered for good.
If that seems sudden, it is.
Staffers at the store told me that the landlord recently decided to terminate the lease at the end of this month.
The store was not losing money. They were busy seven days a week, benefiting the neighborhood by providing locals with an affordable option for clothing, appliances, books and toys, while raising money for the ARC of Multnomah-Clackamas, a nonprofit that supports people with developmental disabilities.
It’s unusual for a long-functioning, rent-paying business to be asked to leave, and the speculation among employees is that the store will be leased to someone willing to pay higher rent, or that the property will be redeveloped.
The store employed about 30 people, the last of whom will be laid off by next week. Merry Christmas…