Why did we leave Clackamas Town Center? The short answer is because the mall is taking our space for another use. They are perfectly within their rights to do so, and they did offer us other spaces to move to. So, they’re not bad guys. The problem for us was that the other available spaces are really bad, both too small and too poorly located to be a real alternative for a Kitchen Kaboodle store. So, we made the decision to close down and walk away. Trying to make a go of it in a bad location that would would severely limit our selection of merchandise didn’t seem like a good idea.
The slightly longer answer is that the outdoor locations at Clackamas Town Center never really worked. They didn’t work for the stores in those spaces and they didn’t work for the mall, either. In fact, seven years after the outdoor spaces were added, several are still sitting empty, having never been occupied. Sometimes, what seems like a good idea turns out to be not so good, after all. So, the mall is going to convert our space, and quite a bit more right around it, into what they call “entertainment concepts”. What this means in the real world is that a couple of god-awful places, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Dave and Busters, will be coming to Clackamas Town Center, sometime in 2014.
We’re sad to leave Clackamas. We’ve been there since 1980. But, given the lack of a good way to stay, we reluctantly have to say goodbye. We thank all our great Clackamas customers for all their support. We still have our other four stores, and it’s easy to shop at http://www.kitchenkaboodle.com, so we look forward to seeing everybody again soon.