McGrath's Fish House closes at Valley River Center after 28 years

Owner John McGrath said the location wasn’t profitable anymore.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 4:57 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 5:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- After 28 years in Eugene, McGrath’s Fish House closed Friday at the Valley River Center

Owner John McGrath said there have been more restaurants added in front of the mall and the cost of labor has gone up in the past few years.

McGrath said the location wasn’t profitable anymore.

Many in the area were sad to hear the news.

“I’m very sad and not sure where else to go because it’s proximity to the mall is wonderful, too, so normally, in the past, we didn’t have to travel far after shopping,” Eugene resident Lynn Rivas said.

McGrath said they have offered jobs at other locations to all of their employees. McGrath still operates seven other restaurants, located in Corvallis, Medford, Milwaukie, Salem, Beaverton, Vancouver, Washington., and Boise, Idaho.

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