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BLAZERS' RUN ON BROADWAY COMES TO AN END

          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).

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