Bend’s Pakit Liquidators to close

Longtime business is on market

By Ben Salmon / The Bulletin / @frequencyblog


Published Apr 29, 2014 at 12:06AM / Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 06:46AM

The owner of Pakit Liquidators announced Monday that he is closing the longtime Bend business.

In a post on Facebook, business owner Matt Korish said he will be “liquidating most things” at the famously cluttered home-improvement resale yard over the next month, and that the property, at 903 S.E. Armour Road near the intersection of Ninth Street and Wilson Avenue on Bend’s east side, is on the market.

“Thank you to all of you for years of support,” Korish wrote. “Hopefully the positive vibes that have been happening here will continue on with the new owners! Everything must go!”

Duke Warner Realty broker Kim Warner said the property was listed for sale Thursday at an asking price of $439,000. One of the property owners, Pat Korish, referred questions to his son Matt Korish, who did not return phone calls left for comment. Deschutes County property records list Pat and Theresa Korish as the property owners.

“There’s no controversy,” Pat Korish said Monday. “We haven’t really discussed it a lot. But the thought was there that if Matt didn’t enjoy what he was doing or the hurdles were too much financially” that he might leave the business.

For years, Pakit has been an eclectic source of mostly used building materials, while also serving as a favorite treasure-hunting spot for local artists. Last summer, Korish oversaw a major cleanup of the property to make room for the 2013 Bend Roots Revival, a three-day music festival held each September.

Over the winter, Pakit hosted several concerts inside its main building, and earlier this month, Korish described his vision for the property as “a marketplace pairing for-profit companies and nonprofit companies” that also hosts concerts.

— Reporter: 541-383-0367, bsalmon@bendbulletin.com

Joe Ditzler contributed to this report.