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Transit payroll tax gets debated

Transit payroll tax gets debated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Leaders with the Keizer and Salem Chambers of Commerce have made it clear they’re against a proposed payroll tax on local businesses to pay for transit improvements. A community conversation took place Sept. 30 at the Keizer Quality Suites to air some of the frustrations business owners have about […]

Mural to feature former businesses

Mural to feature former businesses

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember former Keizer businesses like McNary Real Estate, Vel’s Meats, Kowalski’s Café, Gill Ward Marine and Keizer Cinemas? If so, you might just like Keizer’s next public mural. Plans continue to evolve for the city’s second public mural, scheduled to be done next spring and summer on the long […]

City, developer agree on reimbursement

City, developer agree on reimbursement

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It came down to two numbers: 24.45 percent and 12.08 percent. KS Reim LLC, the company established by the developers of the new Mountain West apartments and the Bonaventure senior living center in Area C of Keizer Station, wanted to be reimbursed the higher rate for the extension of […]

Surprise! Haggen closes quietly

Surprise! Haggen closes quietly

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Haggen was here only a short time, but it was a memorable time. Not necessarily for the best of reasons, however. In the span of several months, the Washington-based grocery chain went from 18 stores to announcing plans for 146 new stores (including Keizer), opening those stores, […]

Keizer Chamber, others against transit payroll tax

Keizer Chamber, others against transit payroll tax

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes What’s not to like about expanded local transit service? Well, the added cost, for one. That is indeed the case with the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s proposed business payroll tax, which will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. As proposed, the tax would levy .21 percent of a business’ annual […]

Food fight escalates

Food fight escalates

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An ugly grocery store battle has escalated into an all-out war. Casualties in the Haggen vs. Albertsons battle include 27 recently rechristened Haggen stores, such as the one on River Road in Keizer. As mentioned recently in the Keizertimes, Haggen announced in mid-August the Keizer location – rechristened in […]

Haggen to close its Keizer store

Haggen to close its Keizer store

    By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It wasn’t that long ago Keizer had three grocery stores. Soon, there could be just one. In late April, the Albertsons at 5450 River Road North became a Haggen. Washington-based Haggen went from 18 stores mainly in Washington to 164 around the West Coast in a short […]

Haggen to close Keizer location

Haggen to close Keizer location

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Haggen opened a Keizer grocery store in the spring. That store will be closed in the fall. On Aug. 14, Deborah Pleva with Weinstein PR sent out an announcement on behalf of the Washington-based grocery store chain that 27 of the company’s locations will be closing within 60 days. […]

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

Manager leaves Town & Country Lanes after reader board incident

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The fallout over a recent billboard message at Town & Country Lanes continued last week as manager Mardi Smith quit. Smith had been at Keizer’s bowling alley for 10 years and had been manager since 2010. Don Lebold has owned Town & Country for 47 years. On July 2, […]

Progress made in Area C project

Progress made in Area C project

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Trees are being taken down to make way for the road and permits are being submitted. Yes, plans for apartments and senior housing in Keizer Station Area C are moving forward. Plans submitted by Bonaventure Senior Living for a 154-unit retirement community and Mountain West Investment Corporation for 180 […]

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