Iconic Grants Pass store may close

Grants Pass, Ore., — Blind George’s has kept it’s famous popcorn recipe the same for almost as long as it’s been in the “G” Street location in Grants Pass – over 90 years.

“Started by George himself, and he was blind. Across the street in 1922, he moved into this location in 1963.”

But now the building is being sold, and Jack Smith, the owner of the shop, says the potential buyer wants a clean slate for the building.

That means Blind George’s may have to close, or find a new spot.

Smith hopes it doesn’t come to that.

“Wouldn’t be the same. You’d lose the history, you’d lose the ambiance, and you’d lose the customers coming in the door that will step in here and say ‘gosh I haven’t been in here for 30 years and it still looks the same, and still smells the same’.”

Six out of seven days of the week the store is always busy.

From the young….

“It’s really fun, and sometimes I come here and get popcorn, and get ice cream and drinks.”

To the old…

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid and it’s a landmark. A local landmark that should just never go away.”

Everyone we spoke to in downtown Grants Pass all seem to feel the same way.

They say the store is a landmark, and a piece of history right in the downtown core.

“Touches me, big time, I can almost go to tears real easy. Cause I’m serious – the outpouring of support in this community, for this business…”

The deadline to find another buyer who would be willing to buy the building and keep the store intact, is next Monday.

For more information and how you can help, visit this website: https://www.gofundme.com/save-blind-georges 

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