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Trios Health to emerge from bankruptcy

The Kennewick Public Hospital District announced June 20 that it would emerge from bankruptcy. The news comes after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern Division of Washington confirmed the hospital district’s Chapter 9 plan for adjustment of debts. The hospital district had more than 3,000 creditors holding about $221 million in claims, according to…

Building owners Dr. Gordon Hsieh, from left, Dr. Stan Ling and his wife Grace stand with Tri-City investors Hilda and Manny Chavallo in front of the Cynergy Centre off 27th Avenue in Kennewick. The owners have plans to remarket the 14-year-old mixed-use professional center. (Courtesy Kenmore Team)

Building owners want to create synergy to relaunch Cynergy Centre

After sitting vacant for months, Kennewick’s three-story Cynergy Centre is ready for its part deux debut. The building features a wall of curved glass at the entrance and is near the traffic circle at 27th Avenue and Union Street in the Southridge area of Kennewick. Two doctors and a Tri-City investor have teamed up to…

Work is underway on a $6 million remodel and expansion project at the FedEx hub at 1705 Argent Road in Pasco. 

FedEx facility gets $6 million overhaul in Pasco

A major expansion of the FedEx footprint is underway at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. The local hub is getting a $6 million overhaul, increasing in size from 14,000 square feet to 51,000 square feet. The goal “is to have it look like a brand new building,” said developer Chris A. Smith of CAS Properties.…

A drone manufacturing shop in Tri-Tech Skills Center’s newest building is adjacent to a classroom where students will learn flight simulation and aviation.

Tri-Tech to offer high school training for in-demand drone careers

Tri-Tech Skills Center officials hope a new program that includes drone-making will show students the sky’s the limit when it comes to job opportunities and careers in the unmanned flight and manufacturing industry. The new program launches this fall in a building recently constructed on the school’s Tri-Tech East campus in Kennewick. The building also…

A new restaurant opened this month on the second floor of The Lodge at Columbia Point, which takes advantage of a river view and features a locally-grown head chef serving regional cuisine. (Courtesy The Lodge at Columbia Point)

New riverfront restaurant open for dinner at Columbia Point

Committing to the belief that “it will be fun,” those behind the new Drumheller’s Food & Drink at The Lodge at Columbia Point are excited to open a restaurant before the boutique hotel even celebrates its one-year anniversary. “I feel like we’ve been opening the hotel for a year,” said General Manager Wendy Higgins, citing…

The existing Chicken Shack restaurant, on Van Giesen Street in West Richland, opened in 2015.

The Chicken Shack spreads its wings to west Pasco

A popular West Richland restaurant is expanding to west Pasco and eventually Kennewick. The Chicken Shack owner Steve LaMarr and his wife, Tracy, are preparing to open a second restaurant near Road 90, not far from Russ Dean RV. “There’s not a ton of choices for restaurants where we are,” Steve LaMarr said. The new…

Marcee Woffinden, the longtime senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, poses with a rock engraved with her name and years of service at the Richland-based agency. She retired May 31 after 17 years overseeing the Meals on Wheels program. The engraved rocks are a tradition to honor those involved with the nonprofit.

Longtime Meals on Wheels director retires, successor named

The longtime director of the Meals on Wheels program retired in May after a career of providing services to seniors for more than 30 years. Marcee Woffinden, the senior nutrition services director at Senior Life Resources Northwest, retired May 31 after more than 17 years at the Richland-based agency. Woffinden, 62, served as the aging…

Jade’s British Girl Treats sells a wide variety of original chocolate creations, including Jack Daniel’s pyramids. All of the dessert recipes are unique to owner Jade Visser, who moved to the United States from England. (Yakima Valley Business Times)

Owner overcomes humble beginnings to launch dessert shop in Prosser

By Emily Goodell, Yakima Valley Business Times Nestled inside Desert Wind Winery in Prosser is Jade Visser’s pride and joy: Jade’s British Girl Treats, a confection shop, bakery and deli. Every day, Visser crafts chocolate concoctions and English toffee, designs delicate desserts and — most importantly to her — finds daily enjoyment in providing a…

Ki-Be Market owners Lori and Mark Loften recently received the Washington Food Industry Association’s 2017-18 Community Service Award. The Loftens have owned the Benton City grocery store for 12 years. (Courtesy WFIA)

Ki-Be Market owners encourage Benton City pride

One would be hard pressed to find bigger boosters of Benton City than Mark and Lori Loften. The couple have lived in the small town west of the Tri-Cities since 2006 where they own and run Ki-Be Market. Along the way, they’ve helped their community and employees, supporting citywide cleanup efforts, employees down on their…

The new Richland Standard Paint & Flooring store is 24,000 square feet and features a more extensive product offering than the previous location in Kennewick. The company also opened a store in Sunnyside this spring. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times) 

Standard Paint & Flooring opens new stores in Richland, Sunnyside

By Dave Leder, Yakima Valley Business Times Standard Paint & Flooring has been busy this spring — busier, perhaps, than at any other time in its 64-year history. During the past month, the Yakima-based home décor chain not only opened two new showrooms in Richland and Sunnyside, but also improved its online ordering system to…

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