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Departing Rose Garden Operator Notifies State of 900 Looming Layoffs

OPB | April 29, 2013 5 p.m. | Updated: April 29, 2013 8:19 p.m. | Portland

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Management changes at Portland’s Rose Garden arena could cost hundreds of workers their jobs – according to a filing made Monday with state officials. It’s part of a shake-up behind the scenes in the city’s Rose Quarter.

AEG Facilities filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice – a WARN notice – that the company’s departure is “expected” to cause up to 900 layoffs.

In a statement, the Portland Trail Blazers said that AEG was doing what it felt was “legally necessary.” The Blazers intend to “self-operate” the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum going forward.

Blazers management says many of the employees included in the layoff notice could be kept on.

At the same time that overall management is changing, so is the concessions provider. Florida-based Ovations has run food and beverage services at the Rose Quarter venues since 2005. The company helped the Rose Garden get recognized for its environmental stewardship.

The new concession manager is Levy Restaurants of Chicago – a company that operates in more than half the arenas in the NBA.

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