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Dick’s Sporting Goods intends to demolish the former Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center in Kennewick to make way for a 45,138-square-foot store. (Map data: Google)

Columbia Center reopens after 3 1/2-month closure

Columbia Center mall has reopened with enhanced safety protocols after being closed for three-and-a-half months to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Kennewick mall, which shut its doors March 19, reopened July 7, four days after Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Benton and Franklin counties could move into a modified Phase 1 of the state’s…


Tri-Cities Cancer Center CEO announces retirement 

Chuck DeGooyer, the longtime leader who was instrumental in establishing the Tri-Cities Cancer Center more than 25 years ago, will retire at the end of the year.  DeGooyer, who has served as chief executive officer of the cancer for seven years, announced his plans to step down on July 1. His last day is Dec. 31, 2020.  DeGooyer helped form cancer…

West Richland hires contractors for police facility

West Richland hires contractors for police facility

The West Richland City Council has hired the construction and design team for the first phase of the city’s new police station. Chervenell Construction of Kennewick and Design West Architects of Kennewick were awarded a progressive design-build contract June 2. The contract is not to exceed $819,672. Design West chose TreanorHL Architects, based in Lawrence,…


Benton County Commission endorses face masks to reach Phase 2

The Benton County Commission encourages area residents to wear face masks to reduce the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.   The move came after the Washington Department of Health said it was pausing applications to move both Benton and Franklin counties to Phase 2 of the Safe Start program because of high infection rates in the Tr-Cities.  Phase 2 allows the following…


2020 is shaping up as an ag year like no other

The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business is proud to present its annual Focus: Agriculture + Viticulture magazine inserted in this month’s edition. In a departure from years past, the Focus magazine stands alone for 2020. Under normal circumstances, it would be the 2020-21 edition. With the Covid-19 crisis upending the American economic landscape, there are…

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Networking – June 2020

NEW HIRES • Kennewick’s Wave Design Group has launched an affiliate company, Wave Quantum Group LLC, to provide nuclear and federal design and engineering services. Wave Quantum announced several positions for its June launch. They are: • Harvey Prickett is president. He came to the Tri-Cities in 2009 and started Wave Design Group LLC, or…

Lampson International manufactures Transi-Lift cranes which are used around the world on heavy industry projects. (Courtesy Lampson International)

9 questions about cranes, Covid-19 and the economy with Lampson International

Lampson International is the Kennewick-based manufacturer of heavy lift cranes used all over the world. The company employs 300 people worldwide, with offices in the U.S., Canada and Australia, and it has performed work in more than 55 counties in the 74 years that it has been in business. Kate Lampson is the director of…


Q&A with Molly Monson-Stutesman

Vice president of sales and marketingGoose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery Number of employees you oversee: 300 Tell us about Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and GR Distillery: Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery is family owned and operated. As a fourth-generation agribusiness, our family started herding cattle and began sowing the land in Washington’s Yakima…


Q&A with Rob Mercer

PresidentMercer Wine Estates / Mercer Ranches Number of employees you oversee: 80 How did you come to this kind of work? Family heritage Why did your family settle here? Looked west for economic opportunity, originally raising sheep. How has your approach evolved? From the late 1800s to the late 1960s we raised sheep and then…


Artist relief fund aims to offset financial hardship

Four artists have received grants through the Arts Center Task Force’s Covid-19 Artist Relief Fund to provide short-term relief in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. In early June, $1,600 was distributed to four local artists: Kenneth Wright, Lily Le, Jaime Torres and David Vasquez. Another round of grants is expected to be dispersed in…

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Columbia Center reopens after 3 1/2-month closure

Tri-Cities Cancer Center CEO announces retirement 

Benton County Commission endorses face masks to reach Phase 2

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