Real Estate & Construction


One Wendy’s closes, another is about to open 

Spokane-based Wenspok Resources LLC, owner and operator of Wendy’s restaurants in the Northwest, closed a Kennewick outlet on Feb. 15 as it prepares to debut its newest location on Road 68 in Pasco.  The closure of the Wendy’s at 3115 W. Clearwater Ave. comes shortly after the 2,419–square-foot restaurant with drive-thru was sold.  S Square One paid $800,000 for the…

1232 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick.

Bankrupt Pier 1 is closing stores but Kennewick isn’t on the list

The Kennewick outlet of Pier 1 Imports is not on the list of hundreds of stores slated for closure.   Pier 1 Imports Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Virginia on Feb. 17.  the petition sets the stage for a sale.  The…

Benton County planned to break ground Feb. 17 on a $13.6 million administration building at 7122 W. Okanogan Place in Kennewick for the county commissioners, administrators and the offices of the assessor, treasurer and auditor. (Courtesy Benton County)

Benton County breaks ground on $13.6M admin building

Benton County is tapping its $24 million capital projects fund to build sunlit offices for its administrators and free up space in its crowded Kennewick courthouse. The county planned to hold public ground-breaking ceremonies for the $13.6 million, 40,000-square-foot office building on Feb. 17 at its Kennewick justice center campus, 7122 W. Okanogan Place. The…

Left: A home under construction in Richland’s Badger South neighborhood. Tri-City permitting agencies permitted a record number of single-family homes in 2019. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Homebuilders race to match Tri-City growth

Tri-City building agencies issued a record 1,655 permits for single-family homes in 2019, an 18 percent gain in just a year. Predictably, fast-growing Pasco led the market with 585 permits, followed by Richland at 371, Kennewick at 342 and West Richland at 122, according to year-end figures compiled by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.…

Nicole and Marco Solferino filed for personal bankruptcy in January, 10 months after placing their failed home building business in bankruptcy citing more than $9 million in debt.

Tri-City homebuilder files for personal bankruptcy

A prominent Tri-City homebuilder filed for personal bankruptcy in late January, 11 months after asking the court to liquidate his business. Marco Solferino, owner of Solferino Homes, also known as M | S Homes, and his wife, Nicole, filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Jan. 27.  The Solferinos…

4000 W. 24th Ave., Kennewick

Windsong at Southridge Memory Care

Vista Pointe Development completed a $12 million, 52-room memory care facility at 4000 W. 24th Ave. this month. Windsong at Southridge Memory Care is expected to open to residents later this winter. The project includes two secure wings or neighborhoods designed to serve residents with memory loss. The community has a full commercial kitchen with…

2670 First St., Richland

Richland Commercial Project

Vatos Locos LLC has completed a $1.5 million commercial project with room to expand in north Richland. The project at 2670 First St. includes three buildings, one with office and shop, and other buildings for sandblasting and storage. Columbia Industrial Coatings and Paintmaster Services Inc. are leasing space.  The site includes land for future expansion. …

Talon Jager, the longtime manager at Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza on Queensgate Drive in Richland, is the new owner. Jager knew he wanted to be a chef growing up in his family’s Burger Factory restaurants in Othello and Connell. Mike Miller and the other restaurant founders recently sold the business. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime Stick + Stone manager buys restaurant

The founders of Richland’s Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza have sold the business to the employee who has managed it almost from the start. Talon Yager bought the business from Mike Miller and his partners for $325,000 and signed a 10-year lease to keep the Italian-oriented restaurant in its spot at 3027 Duportail St.,…

Tri-City landscape architecture firm merges with Place LA

Design company expects continued growth in 2020 By Natasha Nellis | Spokane Journal of Business Spokane-based landscape architecture company Place Landscape Architecture LLC, which does business as Place LA, is expanding to the Tri-Cities with its recent merger with Sage Design Group PLLC of Kennewick, said Place LA owner Joshua Tripp.  Tamra Lehuta, previous owner…

3100 Duportail St., Richland

Yakima Federal Savings & Loan

Yakima Federal Savings & Loan built a $2.2 million branch in Richland’s Queensgate area. The 4,025-square-foot building is the bank’s first new building in 18 years and will replace existing Richland office at Swift Boulevard and Jadwin Avenue when it formally opens for business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Feb. 18.  The new…

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