Grocery Outlet Richland

Grocery Outlet opens in Richland

The much-anticipated Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened at Richland’s Vintner Square, 2901 Queensgate Drive.  The store debuted March 24 with 30 employees. The newly built store joins the Target-anchored shopping complex at Queensgate and Duportail Drive. It is the third Grocery Outlet in the Tri-Cities, joining sisters in Kennewick and Pasco.  The new location is independently owned and operated by Nikki and Mike Sims. “This partnership…

Columbia Center mall opened in fall 1969 with 55 stores, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and much fanfare. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Mall celebrates 50 years of success amid changing retail market

Columbia Center continues to welcome new tenants, hopes to fill vacancies around perimeter of property Vintage advertisements once touted the Columbia Center mall as the “Manhattan of the Northwest,” and likened it to being like “Tahiti all year long,” where it was a balmy 72 degrees indoors, allowing shoppers to escape the wind inside air-conditioned…


Goodwill’s auction site showcases its ‘coolest, weirdest’ donations

Donations made to Tri-City area Goodwill stores listed for nationwide sales A small team of employees spend their workday at Goodwill Industries of the Columbia sorting through unique instruments, collectible jewelry, antique artwork, vintage toys and often the unexpected—like framed animal teeth. “The teeth I can’t get out of my head for some reason,” said…

WA Retail Assoc

State’s retail sector projected to see growth this holiday season

Washington Retail Association monitoring several key issues affecting retail sector this legislative session It’s already starting to look a lot like Christmas as retailers rearrange their store layouts and offer new merchandise for the holiday season. With Thanksgiving a week later than usual—this year it falls on Nov. 28; in 2018 it fell on Nov.…

(Courtesy Benton-Franklin Trends)

Retail sector ranks as fourth largest employer in Tri-Cities

By D. Patrick Jones The sale of goods is big business in the greater Tri-Cities. As Benton-Franklin Trends data reveals, the retail sector has consistently ranked as the fourth largest employer in the area’s workforce. Over the course of the past 15 years, local retailers’ share of the workforce has stayed constant at around 10.5…

Q&A with Marla June Barnhart

CEO/owner of Marla June’s Clothing Co. Number of employees you oversee: 10 Brief background about your education: Associate degree, Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. How did you find your current role? I became chief operating officer for Marla June’s Clothing in 2005, when I changed my career from advertising to store owner. We…

Taxable retail

Retail sales hit $39.4 billion in first quarter 2019

Benton County’s total increases, Franklin County’s total dips A steady increase in construction once again helped boost the state’s total taxable retail sales. The most recent numbers released by the state are for the first quarter of 2019, and showed 4.9 percent growth over the same period in 2018, reaching $39.4 billion. Data from the second…

Q&A with Lola Franklin

Brief background of your business: I work for two nonprofit trade associations and a for-profit subsidiary. The Realtor associations were established in the 1950s. They serve real estate licensees and the real estate profession by providing continuing education, public relations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and business services. The term “Realtor” is owned by the association…

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…

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