Portland area’s Cracker Barrels close doors, unable to survive pandemic economy

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Portland area’s Cracker Barrels close doors, unable to survive pandemic economy

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The Portland, Oregon, area’s remaining Cracker Barrels have closed their doors after failing to survive a pandemic-ridden economy.

Cracker Barrel announced the closures of three locations, including the final two in the Portland area, Monday and notified employees that the closures would be effective immediately, according to a report.

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The pandemic’s crippling impact on business and the economy made the locations’ survival untenable, Cracker Barrel said.

“As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate the performance of our stores, using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our guests and our business,” the Tennessee-based company said in a statement.

“With that, we are saddened that we have been unable to overcome the impact the pandemic had on our business and have made the difficult decision to close the Beaverton, Tualatin, and Bend locations. The decision to close a store is never one we take lightly, and our focus right now is in assisting our impacted employees during this transition.”

Workers at the now-closed locations were surprised by the decision.

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“It was just a regular day at work yesterday,” Jordan Nerski, who worked at the Tualatin location, said. “Everyone was the same, I was talking with my manager about working more hours and taking time off for Spring break.”

“We didn’t really know anything was happening and just out of the blue this morning got a phone call.”

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