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Levi Strauss to share building.

Byline: Elon Glucklich The Register-Guard

A northeast Eugene office building on Chad Drive originally built for Levi Strauss & Co. is being split into multiple tenant spaces after Levi Strauss laid off as many as 150 Eugene employees earlier this year.

Workers with Chambers Construction have been remodeling the two-story building at 3125 Chad Drive for several weeks. They plan to split the building into at least four and up to six spaces for separate, unnamed tenants, according to a permit and blueprints recently filed with the city of Eugene.

Levi Strauss, which until now has occupied the whole 63,000-square-foot building, will move into 20,812 square feet on the second floor, according to the blueprints. The remainder of the second-floor space would be available for other unnamed tenants.

The ground floor is being broken into three spaces of 13,676 square feet, 13,072 square feet and 4,769 square feet for possible separate tenants.

The documents don't say if tenants have already been selected. Chambers Construction and a representative of the Chambers family didn't return messages seeking comment Thursday. The Chambers family owns the Levi Strauss building.

The Chambers family opened the office building for Levi Strauss in early 2000, after Levi Strauss announced plans to move 170 of its finance department employees to Eugene.

The San Francisco apparel company was on a growth streak in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and boosted its Eugene workforce to 250 as recently as 2011.

But company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed the beating it took in the Great Recession, along with many other retailers. Levi Strauss announced major cost-cutting moves last year, eliminating 800 jobs companywide in 2014 and an estimated 500 this year, as it outsourced financial, human resources, customer service and information technology jobs to India.

An Oregon Workforce Office employee filed a petition late last year to assist 150 Eugene Levi Strauss workers find new jobs under the federal Trade Act of 1974.

Levi Strauss declined to comment on the staff reductions when they became public in April.

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Title Annotation:Business; The Chambers family is remodeling the space for additional tenants since Levi's has shrunk
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 13, 2015
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