The All-New PDX Radio Corporate Deathwatch

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  • #28114
    Alfredo_T
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    #28115
    skeptical
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    Sears/Kmart: EMTs are waiting for a doctor to declare them dead.

    #28116
    edselehr
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    Sears and Kmart are sitting on a lot of company-owned prime retail space since they’ve been around for so long. I know here in Gresham they keep the Kmart open just to pay the taxes (there are no more than a dozen cars at a time in their five acre parking lot). But someday, they’ll cash out that real estate and make a killing. Just depends on when they decide to pull the trigger.

    #28117
    Broadway
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    Great new AM tower sites–:)

    #28118
    Andy Brown
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    They’ve done that locally already. The K-Mart on 224 near SE 82nd/I-205 got leveled about two years ago and there is a huge CarMax lot on the space now.

    #28121
    edselehr
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    Andy, I think if a store can’t cover it’s own costs then it’s gone. I imagine that’s what happened with the Kmart you are talking about. Or, Carmax made an offer they couldn’t refuse, since that’s a pretty nice location. Hard to find large, high-visibility commercial sites in Portland any more.

    (Wonder why their parking lots are all SO big? Were they ever that popular? A modern, larger FM has less parking than a Kmart.)

    #28124
    skeptical
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    Big enough for a Black Friday or 2.

    #28125
    paulwalker
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    Sears/Kmart still has some valuable assets, one of the biggest is the Kenmore brand, but even that brand has been diluted somewhat and many appliances are built by other companies. I would suppose their 2nd biggest asset would simply be the “land” as mentioned above, and depending on the real estate value of where they will be closing. But make no mistake, Sears/Kmart is on life support.

    #28278
    Alfredo_T
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    A number of Frack Burger locations, including the one on SW Barbur Blvd, have been closed for a few months. Are there any Frack Burger locations that are still open, or has the company folded?

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    Scott J
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    #28286
    Alfredo_T
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    I remember seeing a prediction circa 1992 that shopping malls would be on their way out within 15-20 years. At the time, I thought the prediction completely unrealistic. Of course, at the time, I also thought that shortwave radio would never go away.

    I am now adding Frack Burger to the list of dead companies. After I wrote about them earlier today, I read that the last two locations were Canby and SW Barbur Blvd. Both have closed.

    #28443
    Alfredo_T
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    Toshiba may soon be filing for bankruptcy due to losses that it has suffered in its nuclear plant construction business. See https://www.extremetech.com/computing/244441-toshiba-facing-bankruptcy-total-disintegration-thanks-bad-bets-nuclear-power

    #28445
    DanOregon
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    Not trying to be an a-hole here, but does radio still attract an attractive demographic? Aren’t companies still able to reach their customers via radio kind of in trouble anyway?

    I know there are stations geared to younger listeners, but I wonder what their listener numbers (total) are compared to stations geared to older listeners.

    #28448
    Alfredo_T
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    Surprisingly, among Millennials, radio outperforms TV according to this study:

    Age Distribution of Radio and Mobile Audiences Strikingly Similar; TV Skews Much Older

    With Generation-X and Baby Boomers, the situation is reversed.

    Caveat: This data is from 2013.

    #28454
    paulwalker
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    Then there is Walgreens taking over Rite-Aid. I have been reading a lot about this, and while the brands may operate as usual for awhile, most are predicting a phase out of Rite-Aid at some point. Also, a chain called Fred’s, (not to be confused with Fred Meyer), may be part of the divestiture in this deal, taking over many Rite-Aids. Whether this means “Fred’s” may enter markets beyond its current Southeast presence in unknown. In many markets, including many here in the NW, Walgreen’s sits very close to Rite-Aid, sometimes right across the street from each other. Those Rite-Aid’s may the first to close.

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