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Portland’s ice cream paradise is in danger of being closed.

An iconic ice cream company has threatened to move its Portland headquarters from Oregon as crime, drug abuse and homelessness continue to plague the awakened Democratic city.

Salt & Straw, she says, was founded as a community meeting place website.

Founded in 2011 as a saloon, it quickly became known as one of the top scoop shops in the United States, further cementing Portland’s reputation as one of America’s top foodie cities.

But co-founder Kim Malek said on Wednesday that if things don’t change, her company will be forced to leave.

“We would consider all options,” said Malek Oregon Live. “We have no concrete plans. But our intention is to sit down with the city and the province to find a solution and not move. Portland is part of the soul of our company. We love this city. It’s about our team having a safe place to work.”

Rising crime and homeless camps that have spread from downtown to the suburbs have displaced countless businesses and residents.

In a recent incident, someone pointed a gun at the head of a Salt & Straw employee, according to civil attorney Thomas Lauderdale, who sent an email to two dozen community leaders at the Portland, Multnomah County City Hall and Oregon congressional delegation.

The email highlights other incidents that occurred near the company’s headquarters, including a fire in an RV parked near the company that resulted in a power outage.

Dilapidated RVs are used throughout the city by homeless people and are often parked near encampments.

The Democratic city has one of the most desolate boroughs in the United States, where rising crime rates and homelessness scare locals and tourists alike.

In 2021, there were 90 homicides amid an increase in gun violence, breaking the previous record of 66 set more than three decades ago. In 2022, there have been 72 murders so far.

According to the website, Salt & Straw was founded as a community gathering place, but co-founder Kim Malek said on Wednesday that if things don’t change, they would be forced to leave

Ice Cream Company Salt & Straw Has Threatened To Move Its Portland Headquarters From Oregon As Crime, Drug Abuse And Homelessness Continue To Plague The Democratic City

Ice cream company Salt & Straw has threatened to move its Portland headquarters from Oregon as crime, drug abuse and homelessness continue to plague the Democratic city

Rising Crime And Homeless Camps That Have Spread From Downtown To The Suburbs Have Displaced Countless Businesses And Residents

Rising crime and homeless camps that have spread from downtown to the suburbs have displaced countless businesses and residents

On Monday, the fire in an RV near the company’s headquarters triggered a transformer and caused Salt & Straw and several other companies to lose power.

The fire and firearms incident was described in the email from Lauderdale.

“Their lease expires in April, and while it will cost them millions and millions to move, they are at a breaking point and planning to leave the state,” Lauderdale wrote.

“This is less of a homeless problem; it is a matter of health, public safety and drugs. The schizophrenia we see, the violence, the fires… this is fueled by drugs and it needs to be addressed immediately.”

Malek, who co-founded the company in Portland with her cousin Tyler Malek, told Oregon Live that she doesn’t want the company to move, saying she would rather find a solution by working with elected leaders.

“It’s very difficult for a lot of people right now,” she said. “I’m not here to point the finger. I want to be part of the solution.’ She hasn’t said where Salt & Straw might move instead, though the company now has salons across the US – including Florida.

Malek added that one solution she wants to explore is cutting off the supply of drugs to Portland that she believes are fueling crime.

“If we can’t make it safe, I can’t stay here,” Malek said. “It’s just not my responsibility to put my team in that position.”

Residents and business owners have been saying for months that escalating crime and homelessness is affecting their way of life and safety.

“It is our intention to get through this,” said Malek. “If we don’t, I can’t stay here.”

The ice cream parlor started in Portland, but now has stores all over the United States, including cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, and even Disney.

Jason Bolt, the owner of Revant Optics, who also threatened to leave the area, testified at City Hall in early November that his employees feel unsafe to go to work.

“If the city doesn’t take care of its citizens and create a safe place for businesses to operate, then we’ll go elsewhere,” Bolt said. “We have to look out for the safety of our teams.”

Malek, Who Co-Founded The Portland Company With Her Cousin Tyler Malek, Said She Doesn'T Want To Move And Would Rather Find A Solution By Working With Elected Leaders

Malek, who co-founded the Portland company with her cousin Tyler Malek, said she doesn’t want to move and would rather find a solution by working with elected leaders

Malek Added That One Solution She Wants To Explore Is Cutting Off The Supply Of Drugs To Portland That She Believes Are Fueling Crime.

Malek added that one solution she wants to explore is cutting off the supply of drugs to Portland that she believes are fueling crime.

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle also got the email from Lauderdale, saying the Sorel brand will move from its downtown Portland offices to its parent company’s campus in Washington County early next year.

Commenting on the possible move of the ice cream business, he said: ‘I’m not surprised. It is a challenge.’

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Portland Currently Has More Than 700 Homeless Camps Scattered Throughout The City Within A Radius Of Less Than 250 Square Miles, And The Ordeal Has Also Led To Skyrocketing Crime In The Area

Portland currently has more than 700 homeless camps scattered throughout the city within a radius of less than 250 square miles, and the ordeal has also led to skyrocketing crime in the area

Some Of The Pacific Northwest City'S Most Charming, Trendy And Expensive Neighborhoods Are Now Overrun With Tent Cities Crowding Residential Sidewalks And Littered With Trash — And The Problem Is Scaring Away Locals And Tourists Alike

Some of the Pacific Northwest city’s most charming, trendy and expensive neighborhoods are now overrun with tent cities crowding residential sidewalks and littered with trash — and the problem is scaring away locals and tourists alike

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