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Oregon chain store shake-up

By Oregon Small Business Association

Best Buy has recently announced it will be closing 50 big box stores across the nation while at the same time opening 100 smaller mobile device stores. None of the larger Best Buy store closures will impact Oregon.
 Sears Holding Corporation, parent company of Sears and Kmart, will be closing up to 120 of its stores and liquidating some inventory. Sears will be closing in Roseburg, and two Kmart stores in Washington (Lacey & Walla Walla).

Wal-Mart this year has opened a new store in Albany and will be opening a new 137,900 square foot store in Tigard and another in Lake Oswego in 2013. The new Tigard Walmart will employ 300 people and will be a full grocery store. Walmart, meanwhile, already employs 9,850 across its 31 Oregon stores; regular full-time workers there make $12.96 per hour.