Oregon barbershop faces eviction after 148 years

Jacksonville Barbershop, a store that may soon close after being open for 148 years. (KTVL/Alexander Mesadieu)

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (KTVL) — A barbershop that has been in the Jacksonville community for 148 years may close down in 2 weeks.

Jacksonville Barbershop has been open for business since 1869.

The State of Oregon had only been in existence for a decade at that point.

"I've been coming in here off and on for over 55 years, and we used to ride our horses in here as kids," Rod Crawford said in the middle of a haircut. "We would tie our horses up and come in and get our hair cut."

But now the shop owner and the property owners are in the midst of a lease dispute.

Barbershop owner Ed McBee said signed a 5-year lease in 2012 with an automatic renewal.

He said he agreed to a rent increase of 40 percent but has yet to be presented with a new lease.

McBee said the Masonic Lodge that owns the property have avoided contact with him with him - beyond sending an eviction notice.

"We're going to contest it," he said. "We'll see how it goes. It should go to court next month."

The lawyer for the property owners did not want to speak on camera, but he says that the two parties failed to come to an agreement and the eviction notification was sent because the lease ended.

Employees of the shop say that this has been upsetting,

"It's been a stressful month trying to figure out how and hoping that we can stay," said Nicole De La Cruz, a shop barber. "And how I'm going to provide for my kids. I got 9 kids and a grandbaby on the way and I need to work here as a barber, that's where you establish your clientele, and to leave here would be a huge deal."

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