Local knife store booted from Wash. Square

Local knife store booted from Wash. Square

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by Joe Smith, KGW business reporter

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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 5:31 PM

TIGARD, Ore. -- One of  the oldest stores in Washington Square mall is getting the boot.

A posting on Facebook by an employee about the closing of Excalibur created a ground swell of support for keeping the store that sells many locally-made knives and cutlery.

Excalibur owners said they understand the mall wants to maximize its revenue per square foot.  But they don't understand the way it was done, considering their history of being such a good tenant for the past three decades.

Excalibur is one of just a handful of local Oregon-based stores at Washington Square.

"We knew we were in the last year of our lease. And the owner was trying to work out new lease. He contacted the mall on the 26th of December and they got back to him on the 28th of December and basically said, 'no your lease is up on the 31st of January and you're out,'" said Derrick Graham, Regional Manager of Excalibur.

Graham said there was no option offered to move elsewhere within the mall.

Washington Square issued this statement:

"We are always exploring new and innovative concepts. Washington Square strives to provide the perfect blend of local and regional stores unique to Oregon retailers and national brands."

The Washington Square mall store was Excalibur's highest volume-producing location.  The specialized knife shop is also located in the Lloyd Center, Clackamas Town Center and the Vancouver Mall.

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