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Shopping[edit]

Medford is the economic and shopping center for over 460,000 people located in Southern Oregon and Northern California [1]. The Projected 2008 retail sales in the Greater Medford Area are $7.5 billion dollars [2] The average is more then the expanded Portland and Eugene markets [1]. Medford offers many different shopping areas of the city. The following is soem of the larger centers, malls, and plazas inside of Medford.

Rogue Valley Mall[edit]

The Rogue Valley Mall (RVM) is a 847,000 square foot enclosed shopping center located on South Riverside Ave outside of Downtown Medford. The Mall is the only enclosed mall in a 80 mile radius of Medford. And boasts more the 7.8 million shoppers every year [1]. The Major/Anchor tenants of the two level mall include: Macy's, Kohl's, JCPenny, Linens'n Things, and Macy's Home Store. There are around 100 specialty stores, such as GAP, American Eagle Outfitters, Pac Sun, Victoria's Secret, Spencer Gifts, Zumiez, Zales and many others The mall also has a food court on the upper level near Kohl's. It has 13 different food vendors. The mall has about a 90.6% Fill Rate [3].

Medford Center[edit]

Has numerous shops, including Red Robin, US Cellular, Extreme Juice, Shucks Auto, and Round Table Pizza amoung many others. Major Anchors are, Safeway, Rite Aid, Ashley Home Furniture, Cinemark Tinseltown Movies 15 , Sears, Circuit City, and Oz Fitness. The center was originally built as a single level enclosed mall. It was later torn down and made into an open air concept shopping center. The shopping Center is bordered by, East Jackson Street, Biddle Rd, Stevens Street, and Crater Lake Avenue.

Crater Lake Plaza[edit]

This Plaza is located off Highway 62 in Northeast Medford. Major stores include, Olive Garden, Safeway, Old Navy, Office Depot, Wal-Mart, Costco, PetSmart, and Lowes. The center has two main entrances, two controlled access'; off of Cardinal Avenue and the other at the Corner of Highway 62 and Delta Waters Road.

Bear Creek Center[edit]

This busy shopping Center is located at one of north Medford's busiest intersections. E. McAndrews at Biddle Rd. The Center offers large anchors such as Big Lots, Dollar Tree, Tuesday Morning and TJ Maxx. While also a wide variety of small, mostly locally owned stores. Food services include a McDonlads, Baskin Robins, Papa Murphy's, and Donut shop.

McAndrews Marketplace[edit]

This is one of the cities newest and most upscale shopping venues. It offers higher class dining options, small intimates cafes, and fine clothing. The Marketplace is 100% filled as of July 2008. The larger tenants are, David's Bridal, See's Candies, Mucho Gusto, and Umpqua Bank. Also, three story Coldwell Banker Real Estate building was built to reflect the style of the center as well. It can be seen from northbound I-5 Medford exit 30.

Poplar Square[edit]

This is one of the older Centers in north Medford. It has been remodeled and updated several times. The major anchors are Joes Sports, Outdoor & More, Catherines, Ross Dress for Less, and Tin Tin Buffet. Among a number of other smaller stores that make up the Center are Phagan's Beauty School, Crafts Warehouse, Glasses to Go, and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

South Gateway[edit]

This area of shopping is located off of Exit 27 in South Medford. Anchor Tenants are, Fred Meyer, Big 5, Grocery Outlet, Shari's, Office Depot, Staples, Goodwill, Embarq, The RRRink, Hollywood Video, Harbor Freight Tools, Harry & David Flagship Store, McGrath's Fishhouse, Shuck's Auto, Holliday Inn, and a large number of local an national stores. The area is roughly bounded by Center Drive, E. Barnett, S. Highway 99, and I-5. The smaller shopping cneters that make up the South Gateway area are, Southside Center, Harry & David Village, and many small strip malls consisting of 10-15 stores. Plans call for a new 207,000 Super Wal-mart along with a new $200 million, 650,000 square foot shopping Center across S. Highway 99 called Stewart Meadows Village [4].

Larson Creek Center[edit]

This Southeast Medford Center offers a suburban feel to shopping. The Anchor is Albertsons, with around 30 stores such as Blockbuster, Sun Oasis, Edward Jones, Hallmark, and Vinny's making up the rest of the Center.

Winco Center[edit]

This former K-mart Plaza was bought by Winco foods, remodled and expanded. The Anchor tenants are a 24hr Winco Foods store, Dollar Tree, and Liberty Bank. There are approx 20 small stores in the complex. It is located near the corner of E. Barnett and S. Riverside in South Medford.

Delta Center[edit]

Is a new shopping center in the Highway 62 / Delta Waters area of northeast Medford. Phase one is currently being built around the first major tenant, Sportsman Warehouse. Sonic Drive-Up, Verizon, Panda Express, Starbucks, Pita Pit, and many others are all part of phase 1. There will be one additional phase that will include a Home Depot among other stores.

Jackson Creek Center[edit]

This southwest Medford Center is a larger shopping area of the westside of Medford. The Anchor is Albertsons, with around 30 stores such as Blockbuster, Jackson Creek Pizza, Subway, Albertsons Gas, and Macs Diner making up the rest of the Center. It is located at the corner of Ross Lane and W. Main Street.

This needs some serious help. This level of detail about stores does not belong in an encyclopedia. Some general discussion about the regional economy vis-a-vis shopping would be OK... Katr67 (talk) 21:30, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

The "Notable residents" section[edit]

There's no need for anything more than a single line for each resident in this section; having a whole subsection and paragraph for each person seems unnecessary, since (a) each one already has their own page, and (b) their lives are usually not directly related to the city. Here's a thought experiment: let's say a person with their own Wikipedia article is born in one city, grows up in another, attends a high school and college, moves to a third city and retires in a fourth. Should that paragraph about their life show up in every one of those six pages? Korny O'Near (talk) 12:55, 20 August 2008 (UTC)

I would tend to agree with you, but on the other hand, there is a general guideline about "de-listifying and prosifying" content in articles. I know it's not worth a hill of beans, but the person who added the content on the notable residents, Zab (check the page history), worked really hard on those sections, so you might check in with him. (It's also good to check the talk page archive before deleting so much content--Zab talks about his work there...) See also WP:CITY for the guidelines about those sections and any FA city articles. I'm not sure how they handle them--perhaps they split them off into a separate article. Thanks for starting a discussion. Katr67 (talk) 16:47, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
Hi, I probably should have checked the talk page archive before, although I just looked at it now and I don't see anything relevant to this issue - the only discussion I see there is whether certain people should or shouldn't be included. Also, I know what it's like to have a lot your work deleted - in any case, that's not relevant either, as you note. And I don't see any guidelines in the WikiProject Cities page about lists of notable residents; I do know that every other city page I've seen that lists its famous residents does so in list form, instead of having a paragraph about each one. Korny O'Near (talk) 17:26, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
I see merit in what both of you say. The paragraphs seem like overkill; and raw lists are generally not as useful as fleshed-out prose. I like what Korny did, adding a brief sentence to each entry; I think that might be the best compromise available between extremes. And yes, I admire the work Zab did -- but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the best way to approach the Wikipedia article. Maybe there's another web site or use for these more detailed descriptions? Maybe http://aboutus.org/Medford,_Oregon or the official Medford site?? -Pete (talk) 17:32, 21 August 2008 (UTC)


Kim Novak and Patrick Duffy also need to be added to the list. They live in the general area. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.56.25.196 (talk) 02:58, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Formatting[edit]

Generally, only things that redirect here and the article title should be bolded. It appears a lot of things have been bolded in the lower sections. See WP:MOSBOLD. Aboutmovies (talk) 05:32, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

Interstate 5[edit]

Just wondering, shouldn't the I-5 section (under History) be moved to the Transportation section? LittleMountain5 00:28, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Before the article was expanded, I believe there were a few sentences about how I-5 had adversely affected Medford added to the history section, which seems like the appropriate place. Now that the info about I-5 has been expanded and given its own subsection, it's possible it doesn't belong there anymore. I'm not sure how important I-5 is to the history of Medford, so I don't have a strong opinion either way. Maybe the info should be split between the two sections. Katr67 (talk) 01:49, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
I've changed it, if anyone disagrees, I'm okay with it being changed back. LittleMountain5 15:53, 26 October 2008 (UTC)


Native Americans of the Medford Area[edit]

I think this is something that deserves mention on the Medford page, although the extermination of the natives in the are was very ugly, it is still a part of the history. Rogue Indian Wars, etc. Bands were Shasta, Takelma and Athabaskans Markosjal (talk) 07:27, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

I don't think such a thing would be very specific to the city of Medford, instead maybe more suitable for the Rogue Valley article or even the Southern Oregon one. Zab (talk) 11:19, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Swampcraft and the Continental Championship Wrestling[edit]

The following paragraph was removed because it reads like an advertisement and talks alot about what will be rather than what is. However, if it does pan out the data might possibly end up being notable enough for a small paragraph, so I leave it here. Zab (talk) 10:50, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

In 2007, a small company called Swampcraft, LLC (originally from Louisiana) started up a new independent professional wrestling promotion called Continental Championship Wrestling. [5] This new promotion was named after the original CCW promotion based in Knoxville, Tennessee and Dothan, Alabama that ran from the 1950s to 1990 throughout the southeast. This promotion will feature wrestling stars from all up and down the west coast. It will be based in Medford, but is expected to have shows in southern Oregon and northern California in the near future. The start-up date and location are yet to be announced.

Gang activity in and around a growing Medford[edit]

From the article:

"As with any city that experiences rapid growth, Medford has seen a recent surge in gang activity and organized crime in the past decade."

Seriously? "As with any city that experiences rapid growth"? Citation, perhaps? I did, hilariously, check the Mail Tribune article for references to a global correlation between city growth and gang activity, but, uproariously, found no mention of such a study. To quote a certain Starfleet captain, "WTF is this shit?" With all respect. dondello (talk) 21:25, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

Sinister Cinema[edit]

Cult movie buffs know medford as the home of Sinister Cinema, which started as a tv show in the 70s running cheesy films, and branched into selling the films, by mail and now online. I may try to find references for this, but surely someone in medford can vouch for this being a notable local business.(mercurywoodrose)76.232.10.199 (talk) 06:24, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

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The Hum / Suicide Capital of the United States.[edit]

I've only ever heard of / known Medford existed because it was the suicide capital of the United States during the 70's and was one of the earliest documented cities where The Hum was located and had an extreme effect on residents. Is there a reason something this important has been left out of the article? I'm not implying government shills suppressing the reptilian alien master plan, by any means, but as a skeptic and researcher of fringe theories and conspiretard debunker extraordinair I am disappointed to see some of life's real anomalous unexplainables are ignored.

Perhaps someone who is an active editor here could add this in? I mean, I do hate to break it to you; but outside of the United States your town is purely known for the above two reasons to the rest of the world, it even features in 'Stuff they Don't Want you to Know' a 'How it Works' website spinoff. BaSH PR0MPT (talk) 20:03, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ a b c http://www.newneville.com/assets/documents//Alba%20Village%20Brochure.pdf
  2. ^ Sales & Marketing Magazine 2003
  3. ^ http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080531/BIZ/805310301/-1/PHOTOS0302
  4. ^ http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071009/NEWS/710090315/-1/COMM
  5. ^ Continental Championship Wrestling (Oregon) website