Well....you know what I mean. It all seems to be coming down on people's heads much faster than I expected. Every January I expect a bit of a fallout, and usually not much happens.
Not this year.
What I have to wonder is -- did they not see this coming? I've been preparing for this for so long, that it seemed overdue, almost. A 'correction', if you will. Talking to the other comic shop guy, I said, "Didn't you see this coming?" and he laughed, and said, "I've been expecting this since 2000."
I've talked to more than one tourist who blithely planned to buy a house, I've talked to more than one customer who has already bought a house.
The Merenda story was interesting: the landlord certainly doesn't sound inclined to lower the rent, doe's he? But, perhaps without the 'loan' money, the two story restaurant is manageable? Like I said, hermit crabs finding a beautiful shell. I do, however, doubt that the local workers are going to manage to swing a deal.
Maybe I'm being inconsistent, but the idea of a 'out of town' owner doesn't bother me much. Even the idea of a 'chain' store isn't that disturbing.
Meanwhile, it seems like one corporate office after another is laying off employees. Suspiciously, the 10% figure is often quoted. I've told the story before of waiting up late to watch Jack Welch, the 'most admired CEO in America', on Charlie Rose and then wanting to reach into the screen and strangle him. What a ruthless piece of #$%@!$. (His post General Electric career has pretty much confirmed what a sleazebag douche he is...)
His concept was to fire 10% of the employees on a regular basis -- but I think most corporations have a bit more hesitancy than that -- unless they've got a good excuse, like now.
Maybe I can't talk, since I let go of my employee.
I've made an updated list of "Old and New Downtown"
If I'm going to name a 'new' store, I've decided it's more accurate to name the store they replaced, unless it happened more than a year or so ago. Thus...the Book Barn was replaced by Dudleys. Who was in the Goldsmith and Powell's space?
Since, say, the beginning of Fall, 2008.
NEW BUSINESS'S DOWNTOWN
Luxe Home Interiors
Dudley's Used Books and Coffee
Bend Burger Company
Stewart Weinmann (leather)
Pella Doors and Windows
King of Sole
Pomegranite (downtown branch)
Pronghorn Real Estate office.
Help me out here. Any others?
5 days ago