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Go Kart Hero shuts its doors

A Medford indoor go-kart facility has closed, according to an announcement posted on the company's Facebook page.

Go Kart Hero, just west of the Medford airport, wrote Wednesday that the company has "ceased operations and closed permanently."

"Nothing to do with our great customers, unfortunately it's just a business decision," company management wrote.

The company opened in 2013 at a 30,000-square-foot facility on 550 Airport Road, a former warehouse site. Owner Donald Becklin declined additional comment Thursday, but said the decision to close was his. 

The business offered a range of go-karts — 5.5 to 9 horsepower vehicles — for entry-level riders to veterans. According to the company's website, www.gokarthero.com, the 0.14-mile track has nine turns, though company officials said they changed the track's configuration once or twice annually.

Anyone who has made a deposit for an upcoming birthday party or has a gift card with an outstanding balance should contact the company for a refund, either at 541-494-5278, or by email at refund@gokarthero.com. Refund checks will be issued at the end of the month, company officials wrote.

"It's been a great three years in business and we thank the Rogue Valley and our customers for your support," the Facebook post reads.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Janet Sessions accelerates out of turn while participating in a go-kart senior shootout at Go Kart Hero in Medford last March. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch