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Retailers Relieved By Timing Of Winter Storm

OPB | Feb. 10, 2014 1:23 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 3:52 p.m. | Portland

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The weekend’s storms were a mixed bag for Portland-area businesses. Some, like grocery stores,  stayed open. But other closed and released employees early.

Except for pedestrians, the streets and parking lots around Portland's Lloyd Center shopping mall were largely empty on Saturday.

Except for pedestrians, the streets and parking lots around Portland's Lloyd Center shopping mall were largely empty on Saturday.

Courtney Sherwood / OPB

“Retailers are really glad the storm hit after the holidays” Lisa Frisch is with the Portland Business Alliance. “If this was December, I think we’d be having a different discussion.”

Frisch says it’s hard to track retail sales because Oregon doesn’t have a sales tax. She says more than 500 retailers are in business in downtown Portland.

Even if businesses were closed, their owners are still required to clear the adjacent sidewalks of snow and ice. Residents are subject to the same rules.

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