Day: February 10, 2015

Future for Keizer RadioShack unclear

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There were no clearance sale banners on the outside. But speculation is heavy about the future of the Keizer RadioShack, as well as the chain overall. According to a Bloomberg report Monday evening, RadioShack Corporation is preparing to shut down as part of a bankruptcy deal that would close about half of the stores and sell the other half to wireless carrier Sprint. A separate Bloomberg report stated Amazon could be looking at the retail spaces as well. As of Tuesday, things didn’t look much different at the Keizer RadioShack, located at 5410 River Road North in the Keizer Creekside Shopping Center. Unlike some RadioShack locations around the country, there were no big sale or going out of business banners on the windows. Inside, there was plenty of open space and a number of empty shelves. Katie Whelan, manager of the Keizer RadioShack, said she wasn’t allowed to comment on any of the speculation and referred the Keizertimes to the company’s media relations people. A RadioShack media relations spokesperson didn’t have much information, either. “We don’t have any specific information to share at this time regarding stores or markets,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail. “We do not have any comments related to the ongoing speculation about the plans for the business as a whole.” The Texas-based retailer opened in 1921 and currently...

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City will honor Japanese pioneer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A project that languished for years has quickly moved forward. Members of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee (KPIC) had talked about a project to honor the history of Japanese Americans in the Willamette Valley off and on in recent years. Late last year bids were secured for a sign to put up on the other side of the Marie Dorion kiosk at Pfc. Ryan J. Hill Memorial Park in Keizer Station. Jill Bonney-Hill, KPIC chair, brought a request for the sign to the Keizer City Council on Jan. 20. At Monday’s meeting, councilors approved the project and expenditures of $157.27 to have the sign printed by Sign Crafters. Parks Department employees will be placing the sign once it is ready. “You may remember at your last meeting a KPIC representative spoke about this item,” city attorney Shannon Johnson told councilors. A motion to approve the resolution was approved unanimously without comment. As detailed in a Keizertimes story in November, much of the project revolves around Japanese farmer Roy Fukuda, who settled near Lake Labish northeast of Keizer in 1905. His hope was to make his fortune before returning home, but he and his wife decided to stay in the Keizer area. Fukuda transformed the beaver marshes into profitable farmland, which led to more Japanese families coming to the area. At one point...

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