Retail

Remodeling is underway for the Tri-Cities’ second Bath & Body Works store. The store at Richland’s Vintner Square off Queensgate Drive will be in the western corner unit of the building that also houses Starbucks, Jamba Juice, GameStop and Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.

Bath & Body Works store to open in Richland next year

Construction is underway on the Tri-Cities’ second Bath & Body Works store, planned for the Queensgate area of Richland. The company’s corporate office said the store is scheduled to open in early 2019 at 2471 Queensgate Drive, Suite A7. The developer of the Vintner Square property, Bowman Development Co., narrowed the store’s opening date to…

As the lone regional, indoor shopping center, the Columbia Center mall in Kennewick fills with shoppers each holiday season. The National Retail Federation’s predicts a 4.1 percent increase in consumer spending for the 2018 holiday shopping season compared to last year.

Retail outlook strong for holiday season

Tri-City retailers are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season. “Our market usually outperforms the national trend due to our strong local economy,” said Barbara Johnson, general manager of Columbia Center mall in Kennewick. “It’s always kind of like looking into a crystal ball. I’m expecting consumer spending locally to be up 4.5 percent over…

Q&A with Barbara Johnson

Brief background of your business: Columbia Center is the largest regional shopping center in Eastern Washington and Oregon, with more than 125 stores and restaurants. Columbia Center was built in the Tri-Cities in 1969 and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the shopping center in 2019.   Number of employees you oversee: 55   How…

After 100 years as a family business, Kennewick’s True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware owner and general manager John Gravenslund has decided to pare back the store’s inventory and hours.

Kennewick hardware store changing gears after 100 years

The owner of a 100-year-old retail mainstay in downtown Kennewick is winding down operations. “Age and time and generations running out; the business is healthy, happy and doing great, but it’s just time for us to change course,” said John Gravenslund, owner and general manager of True Value Washington Furniture and Hardware. After three generations…

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Tri-City retailers may rejoice this holiday shopping season

By D. Patrick Jones It’s November and ’tis the season. Holiday decorations, a parade of ads, the Hallmark channel showing lots of Christmas trees and, of course, the ever-present music reminds us that it is time to shop. For most retailers, as this quarter goes, so go the results for the year. So, a look…

Allyson Hayes, left, a sales associate for Ariel, meets with Karen Livas, small business programs director for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Jessica Stangeland, a regional chamber board member. The chamber officials were delivering Small Business Saturday promotional materials to chamber members at The Parkway in Richland. (Courtesy Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Experts forecast robust holiday shopping season across state

Chamber officials, Tri-City retailers remind shoppers to think local Locally-owned Tri-City retailers hope shoppers will “think small” when picking out their holiday gifts this year. “We expect a really great holiday season. Retail is up about three percent nationwide, so it’s doing well. People are spending more money in shops and definitely supporting small business,”…

Holley Sowards, left, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset, and Ron Swanson, Einan’s assistant manager, smile through snowmen faces at a past Santa’s Village event. The fourth annual fundraiser runs from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway in Richland. (Courtesy Einan’s at Sunset)

Einan’s turns event center into winter wonderland

Einan’s at Sunset will transform its Richland event center into the North Pole this holiday season. The fourth annual Santa’s Village is a great way for families to shop for gifts, enjoy holiday snacks, snap photos with Santa and kick off the holiday season, said Holley Sowards, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset. “We wanted…

Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store opened its doors in early October with the mission of providing job skills training programs for autistic and intellectually challenged people. The store joins more than a dozen other charity thrift stores throughout region.

Tri-City charity thrift stores support variety of causes

Tri-City thrift store shoppers can check out Kennewick’s newest shop, Tri-Cities Autism Thrift. The new store provides job skills training opportunities for those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. “I had been praying a long time for there to be a place for my 24-year-old daughter — who has high-functioning autism — to learn job…

Columbia Center mall’s holiday parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 in Kennewick. The tree lighting is at 10 a.m. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Columbia Center decks the halls for Santa’s visit

Book appointments for Santa photos online Avoid the lines for a photo with Santa at Columbia Center mall by reserving an appointment in advance. Children can share their Christmas wishes and get photos with Santa beginning Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 outside the Sears store. Parents can reserve times with Santa online at simonsanta.com. “One of…

Benton County among highest in state for retail sales

Benton County was among the top 10 counties in the state for highest taxable retail sales in the second quarter, according to figures released by the state Department of Revenue. Benton County’s sales grew to $979 million, or 3.7 percent, and Franklin County’s to $374 million, or 7.8 percent over the same quarter last year.…

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