There was an awesome Lipmann’s department store that was in the spot that gradually housed Mervyn’s. I’m unclear on who owned the Lipmann’s, but most of them became decommissioned in the early 1980s in Portland. Mervyn’s generally made the mall stay there for a longer period of time than it might have lasted if Lipmann’s had not closed.
I used to believe that Eastport Plaza was strange because it had about four really strong anchors, which were JC Penney, Mervyn’s Tower Records, and G.I. Joe’s. However, it was a really tiny mall with just about 20 specialty stores in the interior of the mall. There was also a DJ’s Suond City which might have been a music chain that was national, but they took off when Tower Records came on board. There was a Hush Puppies shoe shop there too, but they liquidated it, at some time in the 1980s, and there was a little shop named Doo Da’s that was sort of like a low-income version of Spencer’s Gifts. This was an amazing mall when it once stood, but when some stores go, and some stores just become unpopular, any mall can go out of style. This was an outstanding mall in Portland, and the people in that city like to shop. The Clackamas Mall really gave this little Portland mall a beating, and it wasn’t long before they were put out of business. It just couldn’t stand up to the onslaught that was brought on from that other mall. It was hard to contend with, and it’s the story with a lot of malls that the kind of thing seems to happen. There are always other and bigger malls that take the place of other malls. That’s just the way that it happens.
I remember going Christmas shopping there, and it was in the mid 1980s, and I liked it because it was easy to go inside and get out, and get away from those big numbers of people and traffic james that were at the Clackamas Towne Center. However, I remember thinking that this mall wouldn’t be around pretty soon because the Mervyn’s had announced that they were going to a strip center that was right beside the Clackamas Mall.
Eastport Plaza is still there, but it’s a huge strip center in the area, and it’s still some high-value real estate. The G.I. Joe’s is actually still there, but the mall that was enclosed is gone.
Eastport Plaza was once a great enclosed mall in the southeast area of Portland. It was strategically positioned close to 82nd Avenue and Foster Road, which were the two primary thoroughfares that went through that area of town. It wasn’t a long way away from I-205 either, and it was built right through the Southern corner after mall was opened.
The G.I. Joe’s was a sporting goods store, for those of you who don’t know. It was losing Mervyn’s that was the final blow to Eastport Plaza. A lot of the secondary stores and anchor stores were not useful because of the Clackamass Town Center now.