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Richland Taco Bell gets makeover, more square feet 

Two years after a Kennewick Taco Bell was torn down and rebuilt, a north Richland Taco Bell is getting a makeover of its own.  Taco Bell, at 1825 George Washington Way, is temporarily closed for an $800,000 makeover to bring it to the modern brand standards spelled out by Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands.  The updates include a down-to-the-studs interior…

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities serves about 150 children of working parents at four Kennewick elementary schools during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Courtesy YMCA)

Tri-City groups scramble to offer child care to working parents

Steve Howland didn’t ask his employees at YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities how they unwound at the end of the first week of school. But he suspects it was with a big sigh of relief. The 2020-21 school year started Sept. 1 in the Tri-Cities with most students connecting through Chromebooks instead of attending in…

Graze – A Place to Eat will move its Richland location to Park Place, 610 George Washington Way, by the end of the year. It is the first tenant to lease retail space in the prominent mixed-use development at the city’s entrance. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Popular eatery signs on to Park Place development

Park Place, Richland’s prized gateway development, has landed its first tenant. Graze –  A Place to Eat, a popular sandwich chain with locations in Kennewick, Richland and Walla Walla, will be the first retailer to move into the mixed-use complex under construction in the 600 block of George Washington Way, a spot long derided as…

Jennifer LaCoste, principal for LaCoste Law in Pasco, plans to build a new office with space for other tenants on this undeveloped site on Steptoe Street near Gage Boulevard in Kennewick. The project will cost about $2.5 million, including the property, with occupancy expected in about a year. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Woman-led law firm building $2.5M ‘forever’ home

A prominent Tri-City divorce attorney is building a new office at a prominent intersection on the Kennewick-Richland border for her growing family law practice. Jennifer LaCoste, principal for LaCoste Law in Pasco, bought an undeveloped site on Steptoe Street near Gage Boulevard from Jacobs RR LLC in a deal that closed Sept. 2. The property…

Ruben Rojas, Richland’s chief arborist, retired Aug. 28 after 42 years with the city. Rojas oversaw the city’s 5,800 trees and replanted Howard Amon Park with the durable trees the public enjoys today after a damaging 1989 windstorm. Above, he stands by a row of oaks that were planted in anticipation of removing a pair of aging elms. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime arborist says goodbye to Richland and its 5,800 trees

It was a hot August afternoon and Ruben Rojas was three days away from retiring as Richland’s chief arborist — the man in charge of the 5,800 trees that dot city parks and properties. It was fitting that he took a final interview at Howard Amon Park, social distancing at a picnic table not far…

Officials with Central Washington Corn Processors pound in ceremonial rail spikes to celebrate the opening of their multimillion-dollar facility in this November 2016 file photo. The company is expanding its Richland footprint again this year. (File photo)

Richland grain facility expands commodities storage at Horn Rapids

 Central Washington Corn Processors is expanding its massive north Richland grain shed to better accommodate a key commodity used for livestock feed by the region’s dairies, feedlots and other operations – soy meal. The $4.3 million project will extend the CWCP “flat house” to 916 feet long, about a third longer than the original 616…

Pet Overpopulation Prevention Tri-Cities bought a former dental clinic at 1506 N. Road 40 in Pasco for a spay and neuter clinic. The nonprofit animal welfare charity is seeking donations for surgical equipment and other supplies. (Courtesy Pet Overpopulation Prevention Tri-Cities)

POPP buys building, aims to end pet overpopulation

A Tri-City nonprofit aims to turbocharge its efforts to end pet overpopulation after buying a former dental office in Pasco to serve as a spay and neuter clinic. Pet Overpopulation Prevention Tri-Cities, or POPP, paid $325,000 for the medical building at 1506 N. Road 40 in a deal that closed Aug. 17. It is converting…

Working from home inspires colleagues to form new Tri-City marketing agency

Working from home inspires colleagues to form new Tri-City marketing agency

Barrett Pryce and his peers worked together for years, doing brand development and web design, first in Pasco at ImageWorks and then through a series of businesses after that folded into a larger company, Vivid Learning Systems. “We developed our skills over the last eight years working together. We dreamed of working together with our…


Kamiakin High athletic star shines as engineer, entrepreneur

Editor’s note: This Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business feature, Tri-City Connections, is part of a series of occasional profiles of Tri-City natives and former Tri-Citians who have excelled in the world of business. If you have one in mind, let us know at Khadidja Toure shines on so many fronts that it’s only natural…

Pasco Proof Gastropub

Proof Gastropub serves enhanced pub fare at locations in Kennewick and now Pasco

Serial restaurateur Michael Miller knows a good dining spot when he sees one.   Miller, founder of Stick+Stone Wood-Fired Pizza in Richland and Proof Gastropub in Kennewick, spied restaurant seats for sale outside the short-lived Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Burden Boulevard in Pasco.   The 5,000-sqare-foot restaurant itself was idle. Dickey’s opened in 2018 and closed in 2019 with its two peers after franchisee Dan Pelfrey ran into financial difficulties.  Miller bought some of the…

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