Another small business has closed its doors in crime-ridden, chaotic Portland, Ore., home to Antifa violence and burgeoning chaos.
Rains PDX, a clothing store, was burglarized at least 15 times in just the past year-and-a-half, its owner, Marcy Landolfo, told KATU. She added that damages from the break-ins, as well as losses from stolen inventory coupled with the lack of law enforcement in what is among America’s most left-wing cities, all led to her decision to close. She added that, at this point, her insurance company refuses to cover losses.
“Our city is in peril,” Landolfo wrote on a note she stuck on the business’s front door. “Small businesses (and large) cannot sustain doing business, in our city’s current state. We have no protection, or recourse, against the criminal behavior that goes unpunished. Do not be fooled into thinking that insurance companies cover losses. We have sustained 15 break-ins … we have not received any financial reimbursement since the 3rd.”
The owner at Rains tells me after five break-ins in about three weeks, she made the sudden decision to permanently close. Staff here are putting pressure on the city to look after small businesses dealing with ongoing challenges with crime. pic.twitter.com/XyP2p6PR6W
— Megan Allison (@mallisonKATU) November 26, 2022
Landolfo told the local outlet that business owners won’t survive the city’s lawless environment.
“It’s just too much with the losses that are not covered by insurance, the damages, everything. It’s just not sustainable,” she said. “The products that are being targeted are the very expensive winter products, and I just felt like the minute I get those in the store, they’re going to get stolen.”
Last month, Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who himself has been targeted by Antifa militants for not being liberal enough, promised to offer Business Repair Grants that business owners could tap into in order to repair damages. But Landolfo said that was not nearly enough.
“Paying for glass that’s great, but that is so surface and does nothing for the root cause of the problem, so it’s never going to change,” she said.
Last week, the founders of noted local spot Salt & Straw ice cream shop said they, too, were considering bailing on the city, again citing rampant crime, drug use, and homelessness.
“We would consider all options,” co-founder Kim Malek told Oregon Live. ‘We don’t have concrete plans. But our intention is to be at the table working with the city and county to find a solution and not move. Portland is part of the soul of our company. We love this city. This is about having a safe place for our team to work.”