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Cherry harvest

Statewide cherry production up 31 percent 

Washington sweet cherry farmers reported a good crop this year thanks to a moderate spring with warm temperatures. The state’s sweet cherry production is forecast at 255,000 tons of sweet cherries this year, compared to 195,000 tons last year, or a 31 percent increase, according to recent data released by National Agricultural Statistics Service. In […]

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Rue21 closing Richland store.

Richland’s Rue21 store set to close at end of June

The Richland Rue21 store at 2741 Queensgate Drive across the parking lot from Target near McDonald’s is scheduled to close June 25. The store is among 400 underperforming stores in the Pittsburgh-based company’s 1,179 store fleet. The closures aim to help the company streamline operations, better align the size of its footprint with market realities […]

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The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit against Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC on Nov. 14, 2016.

Pasco immigration discrimination lawsuit settled

The federal government recently reached a settlement agreement in a discrimination lawsuit with Washington Potato Company and Pasco Processing LLC, which operate a Pasco fruit and vegetable processing facility. The U.S. Justice Department filed the lawsuit against the companies on Nov. 14, 2016, alleging that from at least Nov. 1, 2013, until at least Oct. […]

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Pasco man gets prison sentence for fraud

A Pasco businessman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for defrauding the government out of millions of dollars in tax credits. Scott Johnson, 43, of Pasco, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty on Nov. 24, 2015, to conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Salvador […]

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Darci and Dave Mitcham have owned Cedars Restaurant on Kennewick’s Clover Island since 2006. With retirement in mind, the couple recently put the iconic waterfront eatery on the market for $2.62 million.

Retirement prompts owners to sell Cedars Restaurant

Dave Mitcham has been in the restaurant business for 45 years. He says that’s enough. Mitcham and his wife, Darci, have put Cedars Restaurant on the market after owning it for 11 years. The asking price for their waterfront restaurant on Kennewick’s Clover Island Inn is $2.62 million. Rob Ellsworth and Scott Sautell of SVN/Retter […]

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Fuel distributor R.E. Powell recently bought a $4.45 million three-story office building at 1060 Jadwin Ave. in Richland after outgrowing its facility in Pasco. Twenty employees work out of the offices on Jadwin. The company is the largest distributor of Chevron fuels in the Northwest and the largest distributor of Shell lubricant, supplying businesses all over Washington, northern and eastern Oregon, and the Idaho panhandle.

R.E. Powell expands in Tri-Cities, buys $4.45M building in Richland

R.E. Powell, a distributor of fuels and lubricants, has expanded its presence in the Tri-Cities by buying a three-story office building in Richland. In late April 2017, the company bought a 46,800-square-foot building for $4.45 million at 1060 Jadwin Ave. The Grandview-based company had been leasing the building since fall 2016 after outgrowing its facility […]

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A new 2,600-square-foot DQ Grill & Chill restaurant will be located on Duportail Street behind the Maverik gas station in Richland.

New Dairy Queen to open off Duportail Street in Richland

The restaurant known for its Blizzards and soft-serve ice cream treats is coming soon to Richland’s growing Duportail Street area. The owners of the local Dairy Queen franchise also plan to close their Columbia Center mall store at the end of the month as planning begins in earnest for the new one. The new 2,600-square-foot […]

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Jennifer Mitchell, left, owner of Kennewick-based Account Sense, has worked side-by-side with Robert “Bob” Vaughan since November to ensure a smooth transition for his clients. Mitchell bought his business, Robert Vaughan, CPA, when the longtime certified public accountant announced plans to retire.

Kennewick accounting firm acquires longtime CPA business

About two years ago, Jennifer Mitchell, owner of Account Sense in Kennewick, met a fellow accountant and discussed with him the possibility of a future buy-out when he was ready to retire. That time has come with Account Sense recently buying Robert Vaughan, CPA of Kennewick. “When Bob (Vaughan) finally set a retirement date, we […]

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