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BLAZERS' RUN ON BROADWAY COMES TO AN END
Published August 13, 1998
The Trail Blazers will close their "Blazers on Broadway" retail store August 23, "a victim of declining sales and changing tastes," according to Jeff Manning of the Portland OREGONIAN. Blazers Senior VP/Marketing Services Harry Hutt: "It's become a marginal business for us. We were putting all this time and money into it, and we were breaking even." The 1,900-square-foot store opened in October '91. A team employee said that the store's sales "peaked" in the early '90s at between $700,000-$800,000 a year." By '97, sales "has slumped" to between $300,000- $400,000 annually. Hutt said that another retail store "could be open for business in a cheaper location within six months to a year" (Jeff Manning, Portland OREGONIAN, 8/12). PAYING THE BILLS: The Bills opened a team store in Rochester, NY, which carries merchandise and sells tickets to the team's games (DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 8/11).