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Margulis Jewelers to shut after 90 a long time in downtown Portland

Margulis Jewelers will near following 90 yrs as a downtown Portland fixture.

Operator David Margulis announced the closure in a letter to buyers March 3, citing a “perfect storm” that has damage enterprises like his, which occupies a outstanding location throughout the road from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

“This was an agonizing decision—it was hardly ever our program to close our doors,” Margulis wrote. “But Portland has experienced the fantastic storm of adversity and independent organizations basically are unable to endure the financial forces which have prompted the deterioration and resulting emptiness of Downtown Portland.”

The closure will come three months right after the household-owned great jewellery store held its initial-at any time sale — which it identified as a “survival sale” — in hopes of drawing new and previous prospects back again to downtown soon after practically two many years of constrained foot targeted traffic and frustrated sales. Margulis stated he hoped folks would see that downtown was nevertheless a constructive put and “very risk-free in the course of the day.”

Margulis informed buyers in his March 3 letter that the sale helped but wasn’t more than enough to maintain the small business.

A individual answering the cellular phone at the jewellery company confirmed the closure but explained Margulis was unavailable to communicate with a reporter Wednesday.

A man holds up a magnifying lens to examine a gold diamond ring

David Margulis examines a ring at his downtown Portland store.Samantha Swindler/Team

It is unclear when the store will close for very good. The letter marketed it was advertising jewelry at a deep lower price, involving 40% and 70% off, by Saturday.

Margulis is not the initially longtime downtown Portland jeweler to shut.

Past yr, Goldmark Jewelers shuttered its Southwest 10th Avenue and Southwest Taylor Road retailer following 46 many years downtown. One more longtime downtown jeweler, Kassab Jewelers, hasn’t reopened its downtown place due to the fact the store was looted all through a riot in May well 2020.

Downtown organizations have faced distinctive issues over the past two several years ever given that the pandemic emptied out close by office towers and brought tourism to a halt in the spring of 2020.

Quite a few office towers stay mostly vacant two years later on. The downtown location has also observed a sharp increase in homeless camping through the pandemic, which enterprise teams have complained maintain consumers away. Protests that sometimes turned violent or damaging drew nationwide attention in 2020 and gave the city a reputation for upheaval that has been tricky to shake as perfectly. Some downtown buildings even now stay boarded up, and company closures have remaining powering vacant storefronts.

Margulis instructed The Oregonian/OregonLive in December that downtown experienced enhanced substantially considering the fact that earlier in the pandemic, but the damaging push it received at the top of the pandemic was continuing to preserve people today away.

A February report, based on aggregated smartphone place data and revealed by the Portland Business Alliance, uncovered that the amount of downtown site visitors was continue to off by 40% as as opposed to pre-pandemic.

— Jamie Goldberg [email protected] @jamiebgoldberg