January 2018

The new Bleyhl Co-op store at the corner of Road 68 and Chapel Hill Boulevard in Pasco will be about 20,000 square feet and will include True Value Hardware and Great Harvest Bread Co. (Courtesy Bleyhl Co-op)

Bleyhl Co-op plans to open new Pasco store in fall

Bleyhl Co-op plans to break ground this spring on a new 20,000-square-foot store in Pasco and share the space with True Value Hardware and Great Harvest Bread Co. The $4.5 million to $5 million project at Road 68 and Chapel Hill Boulevard will replace the current Pasco store at 1126 W. Ainsworth St. Russ Ward,…

Paulina Perez, co-owner of Hot Tamales, said she’s been blown away by the popularity of her family’s tamale food truck business. The small business also offers home delivery and recently began selling the traditional Mexican dish in downtown Pasco. A retail shop is planned in the spring. (Courtesy Downtown Pasco Development Authority)

Tamale business growing into retail space in downtown Pasco

The Tri-Cities’ appetite for Hot Tamales’ traditional Mexican dish continues to grow. The Pasco-based food truck business is now serving its popular tamales through a walk-up window at 110 S. Fourth Ave. in downtown Pasco and hopes to be selling tamales from a retail store there by spring. “People are excited to see the diversity.…

Kennewick’s Hallmark store to close after 41 years

Kennewick’s Hallmark store to close after 41 years

Owner cites customers’ changing shopping habits for dwindling sales Crest Hallmark Shops announced plans to close its Kennewick Plaza store this month citing declining sales. The Richland store on George Washington Way in Washington Plaza will remain the sole Hallmark Gold Crown store in the Tri-Cities of the five started by the Jilek family in…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — January 2018

Kennewick’s P.F. Chang’s restaurant to close The Kennewick P.F. Chang’s restaurant will close Jan. 21. A sign at the 8108 W. Gage Blvd. restaurant thanks customers “for being part of our family.” A P.F. Chang’s spokesman said the restaurant’s lease has expired. The 6,615-square-foot Chinese restaurant has been open for 10 years and employs about…


Networking — January 2018

HONORS Dr. Saul Valencia of Tri-Cities Community Health Care has been selected by Coordinated Care as part of its Physician Summit Award Program. The program recognized those who have demonstrated exemplary performance in routine preventative and well-care services, and establishing a medical home for new enrollees.  Valencia received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University,…

Mike Miller is the owner and founder of the new Kennewick restaurant Proof Gastropub at 924 Columbia Center Blvd. The pub offers high-end bar food, craft cocktails and views in a modern setting. A fourth-floor loft features its own bar to handle overflow seating and private events. (Courtesy Proof Gastropub)

Upscale bar food, craft cocktails served alongside sweeping views

Owner of Proof Gastropub aims to prove Tri-Citians want more than chains There’s a new restaurant showcasing the Kennewick skyline: Proof Gastropub. The high-rise eatery on Columbia Center Boulevard features a modern space with upscale bar food and craft cocktails offering fresh twists on old favorites along with the sweeping views. Mike Miller, who also…

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Young professionals group dissolves after 12 years

A professional development group made up of about 70 people disbanded at the close of 2017. Emerging Tri-Cities — previously called Young Professionals Tri-Cities — dissolved Dec. 31. “The needs for young and emerging professionals are well-served in the community through other, more industry specific organizations. It is the consensus of the board that the…

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Top issues to watch in Washington Legislature this session

Will several delayed Tri-City construction projects finally start up? Will the Washington Legislature reach a compromise on permits for digging wells in rural areas? The issues are among several of interest to Mid-Columbia residents. The 60-day state legislative session began Jan. 8. The ongoing impasse between Democrats and Republicans on the so-called Hirst ruling in 2016 blocks…

Tri-Cities Legislative Council members Gary Ballew, from left, director of economic development and marketing for the Port of Pasco,Troy Berglund, president of the council and a representative of the West Richland Chamber of Commerce,and Diahann C. Howard, director of economic development and governmental affairs for the Port of Benton, helped to develop a list of Tri-City priorities to share with state legislators during its annual visit to the state Capitol on Jan. 25-26.

Legislative council brings Tri-City goals to Olympia

A group of Tri-City business leaders will travel this month to the state Capitol to promote a regional economic development agenda. The Tri-Cities Legislative Council will make its annual visit to Olympia on Jan. 25-26. The group is made up of members from all of the area chambers of commerce, including the Pasco, West Richland…

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Several local business leaders feeling optimistic about tax reform

As 2018 ushers in changes to the United States tax code, many Tri-City business leaders are trying to wrap their head around what it means and how it will affect their companies. The bill was signed by President Trump just before Christmas and is the first major change to the tax code since former President…

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