Monthly Archives: November 2008

Don’t Get Burned With Bad Gift Cards

Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as ‘Bankruptcy Planning. Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be cautious about.

Circuit City (filed Chapter 11)
Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide closing
Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine’s to close 150 stores nationwide
Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
Cache will close all stores
Talbots closing down specialty stores
J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)
Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)
GAP closing 85 stores
Footlocker closing 140 stores mo re to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down
Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores
Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January
Whitehall closing all stores
Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.
Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )
Macys to close 9 stores after January
Linens and Things closing all stores
Movie Galley Closing all stores
Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.
Wilson Leather closing down all stores
Sharper Image closing down all stores
K B Toys closing 356 stores
Lowes to close down some stores
Dillard’s to close some stores

Rogue Brewery to Buy Green Dragon

Rogue Ales is purchasing the Portland pub the Green Dragon Pub and Bistro. As first reported on Brewpublic “What started out as one of the best beer bars in Portland will simply become another Rogue location.”

According to Rogue Ale attorney Brian Schweppenheiser “no employees at the Green Dragon have been fired, we do not have new employees “lined up”, the proposed purchase is not final and is subject to regulatory approval.”

Ed Schwartz, majority owner of the Green Dragon reported that “I am trying to do what is best for the employees”

“We’re looking at Wednesday-ish.” he said “There will be no interuption of service but if and when it goes through, (Rogue) will shut it down for a few days.” As of right now: “Nothing has been signed.”

Papers are to be expected to be signed Friday (November 14).

Rogue publicist Brett Joyce, assured to Willamette Week there is no plan to change the Dragon. “Green Dragon has a great reputation in Portland. We have a high respect for that, and we do not intend to change it.” Joyce added that, assuming Rogue’s takeover of the bar is accepted by the Commission (which is probable), the bar will continue to offer many guest taps and host visiting brewers. Green Dragon, he said, will “become part of the Rogue DNA,” but retain the identity that has made it so popular.

The Newport-based compant originally opened as a Brewery and Pub along Lithia Creek in Ashland, Oregon in October 1988.  Since then Rogue Ales has expanded to locations including Newport, Portland, Astoria, Eugene and San Francisco.

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