Business Updates — January 2018

NEW BUSINESSES Bartholomew Winery has opened at 421 E. Columbia Drive in Kennewick. The winery sells wine and offers tastings. Hours: noon – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Contact:, Facebook. Fill’er Up Antiques and Collectibles has opened at 1215 Meade Ave. in Prosser. The store sells vintage items, collectibles and ‘man cave’ décor. Hours: […]

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Liquor Licenses

Liquor Licenses — January 2018

BENTON COUNTY NEW APPLICATIONS Porter’s Real Barbecue, 1022 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. License type: direct shipment receiver in Washington only; beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Indian Cuisine Express, 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite A4, Kennewick. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: new. Thai Vintage, 614 Sixth St., Prosser. License type: beer/wine restaurant. Application type: […]

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Marijuana Licenses

Marijuana Licenses — January 2018

BENTON COUNTY APPROVED Full Throttle Farms, 511 Wautoma Road, Sunnyside. License type: marijuana producer tier 3. Application type: assumption. Trichometechnologies, 33907 S. Gerards Road, Suite A, Kennewick. License type: marijuana producer tier 2. Application type: change of corporate officer. T in T Elements, 43001 N. Griffin Road, Unit D, Grandview. License type: marijuana producer tier […]

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Farmland LP, a California-based sustainable farmland investment company, bought 6,000 acres in Walla Walla County in a nationwide auction. (Courtesy Peoples Company)

California-based company buys 6,000 acres of Walla Walla County land

A California-based company bought about 6,000 contiguous acres of land in the Walla Walla area in a nationwide auction. Farmland LP, formed in 2009, manages more than 12,500 acres in Northern California and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Based in San Francisco, California, the company’s goal is to add value to farmland by converting it to […]

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Citizens interested in applying for membership are not required to have special expertise about the Hanford site. 

Hanford Advisory Board members sought

Community members interested in Hanford cleanup issues are sought to fill vacant public-at-large seats on the Hanford Advisory Board. The positions are meant to represent the views or perspectives of the public and are not directly associated with affected interests, such as local government, environmental or economic interests. Board work collaboratively with a diverse group […]

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The Sears and Macy’s stores at Columbia Center in Kennewick are not included in a national store closure plan announced Jan. 4.

Two Kennewick stores survive national store closures

Two Columbia Center retail anchor stores aren’t included on a list of store closures announced Jan. 4. The Kennewick mall’s Sears and Macy’s stores appear to be safe for now, as big box retailers nationwide struggle to strike a balance between storefront and digital marketplace sales. Three Washington Sears stores are scheduled for closure in […]

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The P.F. Chang’s restaurant at 8108 W. Gage Blvd. in Kennewick will close Jan. 21.

Kennewick’s P.F. Chang’s restaurant to close

The Kennewick P.F. Chang’s restaurant will close Jan. 21. A sign at the 8108 W. Gage Blvd. restaurant thanks customers “for being part of our family.” A P.F. Chang’s spokesman said the restaurant’s lease has expired. The 6,615-square-foot Chinese restaurant has been open for 10 years and employs about 50 people. The building is valued […]

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BBB offers tips for joining a gym in the new year

Fitness centers were one of most complained about businesses in 2017  It’s a new year filled with hope and promises to be healthier – and the reason why January through March is the busiest time for new gym memberships. But not everyone who joined a gym in 2017 had a good experience. The Better Business Bureau Northwest & the Pacific received more than 90 complaints about fitness centers […]

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Uber to begin offering rides in Pasco before new year

Pasco residents can begin catching rides via Uber in their city starting Dec. 28 – just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The ride-sharing is possible because the Pasco City Council earlier this month passed new for-hire regulations eliminating a fingerprint requirement allowing the operation of transportation network companies like Uber. Uber launched in […]

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Moses Lake landowners fined for illegally pumping 500 million gallons from Odessa aquifer

Landowners near Moses Lake have been fined for illegally pumping more than 500 million gallons of groundwater from the declining Odessa aquifer. The state Washington Department of Ecology issued cease and desist orders requiring the landowners and their lessee to stop pumping groundwater in June. Ignoring the orders, they continued pumping water illegally for three-and-a-half […]

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