Crime in Old Town forces Portland store owner to move shop to east side

After four years in Old Town, the owner of Laundry is moving to Northeast Alberta. Chris Yen said he’s had thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The owner of a vintage sportswear boutique store in Old Town said he decided to relocate to Northeast Alberta after four years due to the spike in crime in the area.

Chris Yen owns the store “Laundry,” located on Northwest 4th Avenue, since 2019. Yen said during that time, he’s dealt with shoplifting and he and his staff have been threatened.

“Everyone who has worked here has had weapons drawn on them,” Yen

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