By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Al Wright is pretty sure customers at the Men’s Wearhouse in Keizer Station will like the news.
He might even guarantee it.
Next week, the store is moving back into its original location.
An April 14 fire caused $2 million in damage at 6065 Keizer Station Boulevard NE. The store was moved to an empty storefront at 6385 Ulali Drive NE while repairs were made.
“In terms of product, it was a total loss,” said Wright, who took over as store manager in August. “With all of the smoke and water, it was all gone. The fire was located in the back of the store, so anything close to it had to be replaced. They took out the ceiling, the wiring, the drywall. It was all gutted.”
In other words, once the old Men’s Wearhouse has its grand re-opening next Wednesday, Nov. 6, it will in essence be an all-new store on the inside.
“We will be moving things from here to there and getting new product,” Wright said. “We will be doing it over a couple of days. We will start moving things on Sunday the third. We will be closed the third and fourth, then have a soft opening on the fifth and a grand opening on the sixth at 10 a.m.”
Wright said help is coming from the other nine Men’s Wearhouse locations around Oregon.
“Three people from each store are coming to help,” he said. “Other managers are coming from afar. All kinds of folks will be rolling up their sleeves.”
Permits for the remodeling, valued at $125,000, were issued in late August. Work such as wiring and touching up paint was being finished this week.
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