Posted by Steve Leader on September 9, 2014
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There was a time when shoppers could pretty much count on canned foods in the grocery aisle containing products grown in the U.S.A.
You may not have noticed how much things have changed. Some Portland-area supermarkets are now selling store brand canned fruit cocktail, and store brand canned mushrooms, whose labels read, “Product of China.”
Phil Lempert, also known as …
Posted by Rosemary Reynolds on September 5, 2014
PORTLAND — Many prospective renters are having problems finding a place to live. Rent has nearly doubled in the last two years. Worse than that, there are so many people looking and applications taken that it’s almost impossible to get into the rental pool.
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon says landlords can charge whatever the market will bear. It’s not unusual to …
Posted by Steve Leader on August 27, 2014
Photo courtesy: Associated Press
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The latest forecast on how much the U.S. economy will grow this year has been cut by about half. The Congressional Budget Office has revised downward it’s GDP growth outlook, from 3.1% to 1.5%.
Robert Schroeder, with Marketwatch.com, says part of the reason for the lower projection is surprising weakness in the economy earlier this year.
Posted by Steve Leader on August 22, 2014
Fred Leeson can talk about Fred G. Meyer all day. Leeson, a Portland journalist and author, devoted 2 years to researching the life of Meyer, the late founder of the grocery chain.
Leeson lays it all out in his new book, “My-Te-Fine Merchant, Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution.” Hear our interview with Leeson:
Posted by Steve Leader on August 20, 2014
Photo courtesy: www.mercurynews.com
Some high end restaurants in San Francisco are having their customers pay in advance for meals when they make their online reservations.
Bill Perry, with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, says whether it happens here is a question of, “whether or not you can get away with it.”
According to Perry, certain types of restaurants might consider requiring pre-pay, …