Adidas growing in North Portland

“This growth has brought more people to our office, and our Portland workforce has more than doubled in three years, from about 800 to more than 1,700 people,” King stated. “We know this can present challenges, so we’re working quickly to find solutions. We love being part of the Overlook community, and it’s really important to us that we continue being a good neighbor.

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Plans for the campus’ east side call for two new buildings: a three-story structure with a gym and a café where a tennis court now sits, and a five-story office building with parking on an existing parking lot. On the west side, the clothier seeks to construct a three-story building with additional dining and meeting space between the existing black and green buildings.

Design advice for the expansion is being sought by applicant LEVER Architecture.

Also, the Adidas store will be moved from 5055 N. Greeley Ave. to Montgomery Park around June, and some employees will temporarily move to other locations in Portland.

Adidas declined an interview request. But in a prepared statement, Adidas North America President Mark King said the expansion comes amid “unprecedented growth” for the footwear and apparel brand in North America.

“This growth has brought more people to our office, and our Portland workforce has more than doubled in three years, from about 800 to more than 1,700 people,” King stated. “We know this can present challenges, so we’re working quickly to find solutions. We love being part of the Overlook community, and it’s really important to us that we continue being a good neighbor.”

Adidas representatives met with the Overlook Neighborhood Association to discuss the expansion plans. Parking has been an issue in the neighborhood.

Moving the store should help alleviate the parking crunch, Adidas spokeswoman Ngozi Monu stated in an email message.

Overlook Neighborhood Association members could not be reached for comment.

Adidas isn’t the only major footwear and apparel manufacturer in Portland that is expanding. Nike is adding four new buildings totaling more than 1.5 million square feet at its Washington County headquarters. Under Armour opened its new local headquarters on Barbur Boulevard last year.

News Resource: DJC Oregon