PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local food cart owners say it’s a slap in the face: four carts, kicked out of their pod with just days notice — after they say they helped make it a success.
The owner of the popular food cart pod Cartlandia at SE 82nd Avenue and Harney Street is getting rid of four carts at the end of the month. The pod made notoriety when it became the first in Oregon to offer a beer garden.
Roger Goldingay, owner of Cartlandia, told KOIN 6 News it is simply a business decision to not renew the leases of those four cart operators. That has left a bad taste in the mouths of some cart operators who’ve been here since the beginning.
“We’d just like some time to tell our customers we’re moving,” said James Culp, one of the owners of Local Girls Hawaiian Shaved Ice.
Local Girls Hawaiian Shaved Ice is a family business that has drawn customers to Cartlandia for three years. The move, Culp said, is “definitely going to put a dent in our business a little bit.”
After all, this is the season for shaved ice. Culp said he found out over the weekend that his lease, which expires Wednesday, is not being renewed. He says four day’s notice isn’t enough.
“We’ve built up a great clientele, and helped him build this place actually,” he said.
Jason Moreno operates J Mo’s Sandwich Shack. He already has secured another location for his cart, but resents how his time at Cartlandia is ending.
“I understand he’s a businessman and if he has business plans for these spots what can I do about that?” Moreno said. But “just give me 30 days [notice],” he said. “That’s the right thing to do.”
Goldingay owns the property and holds the leases. He has poured a lot of his own money into Cartlandia since the beginning, and he’s working right now to open an indoor bar and restaurant on the property.
“They’ve known their leases were expiring for much longer than that,” Goldingay.
And he does have plans for the four spaces that will be opening up by the end of the week. However, he said he is not revealing what those specific plans might be.
Goldingay said he thought long and hard about getting rid of four carts — even agonized over it. In the end, he told KOIN 6 News, it was simply a business decision.