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On Biz: Sutherlin businessman closes shop to get a day off

After several years of working two jobs and seven days a week, Bill Romo wants a day off.

So he’s closing Got Game, a Sutherlin business that he has owned and operated for the past nine years. He’ll continue working as an assistant auditor in a Roseburg office.

Got Game is at 106 E. Central Ave. Romo had employees work the store on weekdays and then he worked it on weekends.

“It had gotten to be just too much,” Romo said. “I need more than no days off. It has become overwhelming.”

The store’s inventory included new and used DVDs and video games, board games, magic cards and numerous accessories.

Romo has had the business up for sale for the past four months, but there have been no takers. So he started liquidating inventory early this month and all products are now 50 percent off. Fixtures are also being sold. He expects the store’s final day will be in mid-August.

Romo said the business makes money.

“It’s been a great run, it’s been fun,” Romo said. “I’m sorry to have to close up, but I just don’t have enough time in the day. I just need a life.”

The hours for Got Game in its final days are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The business’ phone number if 541-459-1280.

EXPANDING ITS COVERAGE

InfoStructure, an Internet and telephone provider based in the Medford area, has expanded its coverage by purchasing Rio Networks, a Roseburg-based business that has networking equipment in seven cities around Oregon.

Rio, founded in 1994, was owned by the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.

InfoStructure was founded in 1994 as an Internet provider. It was purchased in 2003 by its present owners, Scott Hansen and Jeff Rhoden, who expanded the business to include telephone service.

“InfoStructure is a competitive local exchange carrier,” Hansen said. “Rio is a great fit for us. We didn’t have a network throughout the state. Purchasing Rio allows us to expand our opportunities and our responsibilities as well.”

John McCafferty, the Cow Creek operations officer, said the acquisition by InfoStructure was mutually beneficial.

“We were seeking an Oregon-based buyer who we knew would take good care of our employees and customers, allowing us to focus our tribal business efforts on other endeavors including our data center and farming expansion,” he said in a press release. “InfoStructure fit that bill perfectly.”

Rio’s staff of 14 employees will continue with the Roseburg office at 520 S.E. Spruce St.

WELCOME BACK

Attorney Sarah Wolf has returned to practice law full time in Roseburg.

Wolf had previously worked in Roseburg, but then moved to Portland in 2006. For the past seven years, she worked mainly in Portland, but did keep an office in Roseburg and occasionally drove south to work here.

She said she prefers the slower pace of Douglas County, so she decided to return for good and opened a new office at 727 S.E. Cass Ave., No. 318, in April.

“There’s cleaner air, friendlier people and a lot of friends here,” she said. “It’s just more comfortable.”

Wolf, a 17-year practicing attorney, specializes in estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianship and conservatorships.

She originally moved to Roseburg in 1996. She worked for the district attorney’s office and then in a private practice with a couple other attorneys before opening her own office for a four-year run before moving north.

“I’m absolutely happy to be back,” she said.

Her office phone is 541-671-2500.

UNEMPLOYMENT UNCHANGED

Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.9 percent in June compared to May. The county rate remains higher than the statewide rate of 7.9 percent and the national rate of 7.6 percent.

June’s 10.9 percent is lower by 1.5 than the 12.4 recorded in June of 2012.

Douglas County had the sixth highest seasonally adjusted county unemployment rate in the state.

• On Biz is not an endorsement, only an introduction to businesses in the community. Reporter Craig Reed can be reached at 957-4210 or creed@nrtoday.com.


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