At first glance, the car lot in outer Southeast Portland looks like all the others nearby, plentifully stocked with “Dealer’s Specials” and “Fresh Start Financing” deals.
For Lindy Simmons and Judy Lynch every day is Christmas. Their Forever Christmas Gifts & More shop is open year-round and sits in the heart of Christmas Valley on a stretch of Christmas Valley Highway in Lake County.
Chris Sherland recognizes trouble when he sees it. “It’s a weak year for the retail industry.”
The economic slowdown hasn’t kept grocery-store carts from rolling.
Despite their far-flung locations, outlet malls are thriving in a down retail market.