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Day: May 22, 2012

Roth’s to close, cites Walmart decision

KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson

Of the Keizertimes

The Keizer Roth’s Fresh Markets will close its doors June 26 citing the possible looming presence of a Walmart in the city.

“We engaged a market survey company to calculate our sales after the Walmart SuperCenter is built in Area C at Keizer Station and Target adds fresh groceries.  The report was very clear; with six grocery stores in the Keizer area serving 36,145 people, our sales will be too low to continue operating the store,” said Michael Roth, Roth’s president and CEO in a letter to the Keizertimes announcing the closure.

Company officials are working to ensure the 42 employees of the store will be transferred to other Roth’s locations.

“The other Roth locations have been subsidizing the Keizer location to keep it open.  Lately even our banking partner has been concerned about this use of resources.  The market study pointed out that after Walmart is open this subsidy would grow so large, it could be unsustainable, so we are making the necessary arrangements to close the store,” Roth said.

The longtime Keizer business opened in its current location in 1990.

“We are grateful to the many customers that have shopped at the store since 1990. We value getting to be a big part of the community and will miss our involvement with the many organizations we sponsored and partnered with,” Roth said.

Business burglaries catch cops’ attention


Of the Keizertimes

A string of business burglaries along Keizer’s main commercial strip have a few traits in common, police said last week.

The same person is suspected in at least seven break-ins between April 6 and May 5, striking these businesses:

• Society’s Child Salon at 3860 River Road N. Chen’s Dynasty at 5069 River Road N. and 911 Supply at 4484 River Road N., all on April 6.

• TIN Inc. at 4052 River Road N. on April 26

• Images Hair Salon at 5171 River Road N., Bronze Planet at 5159 River Road N. and Pro Nails at 5147 River Road N., all on May 5.

Kuhns said the targeted establishments all were in strip malls and the suspect tried to enter through a rear door sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

“He’s trying to use concealment to get in these businesses instead of just getting in the front door, or front window,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns.

The burglar has been successfully breaking into businesses that don’t have deadbolts, Kuhns said, and has deduced how to defeat or break a typical lock on a handle.

“Deadbolts are very difficult to defeat, so if we can get people to start using those we’re going to reduce the likelihood of these burglaries,” Kuhns said.

And if someone does get in, Kuhns said empty cash registers should be left open so the suspect can see a till with no money inside – otherwise the register could get destroyed, he said.

A white male is suspected in the crimes. He was wearing dark-colored sweatshirt and pants, police said.