Staff Jennings closing Eugene location

EUGENE, Ore. — Staff Jennings Boating Centers is closing its Eugene dealership after 52 years in business, according to the Register-Guard of Eugene.

The paper reported the decision is partly because of the recession and partly because the location’s longtime general manager wants to spend more time on his own boat.

The Eugene store began liquidating its inventory on Tuesday and will close its doors for good at 5 p.m. Saturday. The company’s 81-year-old Portland store will remain open.

During the past year, ten of 16 employees left or were laid off, the dealership closed on Sundays and Mondays, and long Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were scheduled, the paper reported.

Marl Carter, general manager and vice president of the Eugene store, told the Register-Guard he could have kept the store open by making further cuts, eliminating every brand but Bayliner, and hunkering down, but he preferred to retire.

He also said that selling the dealership was not an option because “nobody would buy a boat dealership right now.”

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