Day: August 27, 2014

Dollar Tree preps to open Sept. 20

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The grand opening date for the new Dollar Tree in Keizer has been set. Sara Auxier, who will be store manager, made the announcement this week. “We are planning a grand opening on September 20,” Auxier told the Keizertimes. “We will probably do a soft opening around September 14 leading up to it.” The store is located at 5014 River Road North, which had been a hardware store for decades, starting as a Coast to Coast in the 1970s and most recently was an Ace. Store owner Greg Frank closed the Ace back in January, citing costs associated with a potential new long-term lease and the sales history. Mark Rose from Rosewood Park LLC out of Corvallis, the building owner, had predicted an early autumn opening when interviewed in May. “We have to do a little bit of modification,” he told the Keizertimes at the time. “We’re putting in a new HVAC system and just put a new roof on.” The location will be the first in Keizer for the Virginia-based retailer. The company has five locations in Salem. Dollar Tree opened its 4,000th store in 2010 and currently has more than 4,400 locations in the United States and Canada, according to the company website. The company was founded in 1986 as Only One Dollar. Rose was looking forward to the Dollar Tree...

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Parks Board matching grant program funds first request, for mics

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There is now only $13,000 left in the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s new matching grant program. The reduction of $1,000 is because that’s the amount given to the first applicant for the program, which started last month. Matt Lawyer made a request for $1,000 on behalf of the Keizer Homegrown Theatre at the Aug. 12 Parks Board meeting. The request was for a wireless microphone system and speakers to be used at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park. “One of the things we’re looking at is continuing to improve the product, but also the sound opportunities for that space,” Lawyer said. “We want the best quality product for anyone. When you get towards the top (of the amphitheater), sometimes it’s a struggle hearing from that distance.” Lawyer’s proposal included two bid estimates from Uptown Music, one for $2,070 and the other for $1,790, with the more expensive figure including microphone stands. Parks Board chair Brandon Smith wondered about who would actually own the equipment. “So the idea is this becomes property of the city?” Smith asked, getting an affirmative response. Parks Board member Clint Holland, who runs the amphitheater, noted other groups would be able to use the equipment as well. “This could be used at city hall,” Holland said. “Other groups can use it.” The equipment would likely...

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