Articles by Wendy Culverwell

The Port of Kennewick expects to hang a “For Sale” sign at Columbia Gardens, its wine-themed urban village near the base of the cable bridge, in September, and at Vista Field, the former municipal airport, a few months later. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

‘For Sale’ signs coming to Columbia Gardens, Vista Field – at last

Years after Columbia Gardens and its sister development, Vista Field, began taking shape in Kennewick, private developers will finally get a shot at buying sites in both developments this fall. The Port of Kennewick expects to hang a “For Sale” sign at Columbia Gardens, its wine-themed urban village near the base of the cable bridge,…

Thelbert “Thadd” Lawson toured the former Albertsons in downtown Richland as a possible location for a new Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store, but the board of his nonprofit said it would cost too much money to rewire the building and make other improvements. (Photo by TCAJOB)

Veterans Warehouse eyed Richland’s old Albertsons but seeks alternative spot

Thelbert “Thadd” Lawson toured a former Albertsons in Richland as a possible new location for Veterans Warehouse Thrift Store, prompting speculation the long-empty grocery would finally come back to life. Alas, there is no deal. Lawson confirmed he was interested in the nearly 40,000-square-foot store. He loves the location and even made a proposal to…

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Massive warehouses to bring 1,200 jobs to east Pasco

Two industrial distribution centers, each more than 1 million square feet, are planned near Sacajawea State Park. The Ryan Companies of Bellevue is developing the two facilities under separate code names, “Project Oyster” and “Project Pearl,” on either side of South Road 40 East near Lakeview Trailer Court. The sites are north of the state…

A residential development takes shape in the Broadmoor area of western Pasco. In a normal year, word that Costco would build its second Tri-City store nearby would be the biggest business story of the year. But in 2021, it is one of many important developments. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Costco-anchored Broadmoor helps Pasco boom

Word that Costco likely will anchor new development at Pasco’s Broadmoor Boulevard would normally be one of the year’s top business stories. But 2021 is shaping up as one for the records as one eye-popping development deal after another breaks in Pasco. Collectively, new development at Broadmoor coupled with at least three new food processors…

Lionel Kunka, a Kennewick golf pro, is considering pursuing the senior tour after he qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, held in July in Nebraska. He manages Golf Universe in Kennewick. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick golf manager eyes tour after U.S. Senior Open appearance

A Kennewick golf pro is considering joining the senior tour after he qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, held July 7-11 at the Omaha, Nebraska, Country Club. Lionel Kunka, manager of Golf Universe in Kennewick, missed the cut after he shot a 79 and an 81 in the first two rounds. But it was a…


Armed with data and anecdotes, United Way sharpens focus on families, kids

Programs that help families and kids thrive will be the sole focus of the 2022 round of grants awarded by the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. The nonprofit that raises money and vets nonprofits is sharpening its focus as it addresses “gaps” that opened in the local social safety net during the Covid-19…

Porter Kinney displays barbecued meats served at the Porter’s Real Barbecue
chain in the Tri-Cities. Kinney, his wife, Kate, and partner Amol Kohli recently
bought the Porter’s kitchen at the Richland Airport to secure their future. (Courtesy Porter’s Real Barbecue)

Porter’s growth strategy aligns with its barbecue philosophy

Porter Kinney wants to be the Northwest’s go-to barbecue guy. The Richland entrepreneur behind the popular Porter’s Real Barbecue chain and his new business partner are taking steps to make it happen, including securing its future by purchasing the kitchen at the heart of the business. Kate and Porter Kinney and their newish partner Amol…

Darigold Inc., Seattle-based marketing and processing arm of the Northwest dairy industry, will build a $500 million protein and butter plant in Pasco that it says will help it meet its carbon neutrality goals. The project is contingent on how Darigold is treated under Washington’s new environmental regulations. (Courtesy Darigold)

Darigold picks Pasco for $500M plant

Darigold Inc. will build its largest ever milk drying plant in Pasco, cementing the region’s status as one of the Northwest’s leading centers for food processing. The Seattle-based dairy cooperative intends to build a $500 million, 400,000-square-foot protein and butter plant packed with carbon-reducing features on 150 acres at the Port of Pasco’s future Reimann…

Montana-based Local Bounti paid $3.1 million for 28 acres at Oregon Avenue and A Street north of Big Pasco Industrial Park. The indoor ag startup raises lettuce and herbs in high-tech greenhouses. (Courtesy Local Bounti)

Montana ag company plans $40M Pasco greenhouse on heels of $1.1B IPO

A Montana startup that raises lettuce and herbs in high-tech greenhouses is coming to the Tri-Cities on the heels of a merger that will take the company public with a valuation of $1.1 billion. Local Bounti, launched in Hamilton, Montana, in 2018 by a pair of former energy industry executives, will build the first of…

Reser’s Fine Foods broke ground in June on a 250,000-square-foot processing plant on North Capital Avenue, near its existing 110,500-square-foot plant in the Pasco Processing Center. The existing plant will be repurposed when the new one opens. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Reser’s Fine Foods begins 250,000-square-foot plant in Pasco

A Portland food manufacturer known for its potato salad is expanding in the Mid-Columbia with a new processing plant in Franklin County, just north of the Pasco city border. Reser’s Fine Foods broke ground on a 250,000-square-foot facility plant on North Capital Avenue, east of Highway 395, shortly after it closed a $3 million deal…

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