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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Downtown Jackpot Records Store Is Closing

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The downtown Jackpot Records store is closing. In a message posted to Facebook, store owner Isaac Slusarenko says, "As of June 30th, we will be closing our downtown store on SW 9th Ave & Burnside. We consider the choice to close our doors downtown as part of the store's evolution; a move that will help us focus more energy and resources on other pursuits."

The downtown store has been there there for more than 15 years since 2001, and Slusarenko adds that the SE Hawthorne location of Jackpot will remain open. He also clarifies that rising rent was not the primary reason for the close: "While the rents have gone up over the years and the city we all love and contribute to continues to change in ways that both help and hurt local businesses like Jackpot, these factors really don't play into this decision as much as they could."

This is sad news but feels somewhat inevitable. I remember seeing Scout Niblett play an in-store performance there not long after I moved to Portland (Niblett did the same shortly thereafter). I also remember other memorable in-stores with Quasi and Jay Reatard; I also lost at foosball to Menomena on the first Record Store Day in 2008. While it's fortunate that Jackpot will continue at the SE Hawthorne location, the downtown spot will be greatly missed.

Slusarenko says, "Instead of looking at this move as a loss of any kind, we feel instead that it represents a continued celebration of music, art, culture and community that we're proud to be a part of, and can't wait to see where it takes us next."


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