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Portland’s last 2 Walmart locations closing doors Friday

By Kaitlin Flanigan,


PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) — The last two Walmart locations in Portland are permanently shutting their doors on Friday.

The closures, which were announced in late February , mean nearly 600 employees are being laid off. The locations shutting down are at Hayden Meadows and East Portland Plaza on 82nd Avenue.

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The company said it was shuttering those stores for financial reasons as Walmart’s CEO announced record-breaking retail theft nationwide has been impacting the company’s bottom line.

The closing Walmarts also resulted in a Twitter spat between Portland’s mayor and Texas’s governor about apparent crime in the region.

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Meanwhile, later this spring, the remaining Walmart stores across Oregon and Washington will go bagless — for paper and plastic — as the company moves forward with an environmental initiative.

Stay with KOIN 6 News as this story develops.

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