May 2017

Love’s Travel Stop opens in Prosser

Drivers passing Prosser on Interstate 82 have a new place to buy fuel, meals, snacks and more as Love’s Travel Stop opened for business May 25. The new $11 million travel stop, located at Interstate 82 and Gap Road at exit 80, adds about 80 jobs to Benton County. “Prosser is an ideal location for…

MOD Pizza will open at noon May 26 in Richland.

MOD Pizza, Ulta Beauty opening this week in Richland

Tri-Cities’ newest pizzeria and a second Ulta Beauty store will open this week in Richland. MOD Pizza begins serving up its thin crust pies beginning at noon May 26. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant’s Italian street-style pizzas are made on demand. The restaurant features an outdoor patio. Salads, beer and wine also will be available at the…

Prosser Economic Development Association annual meeting

Prosser Economic Development Association’s annual meeting is June 7

Prosser Economic Development Association’s annual meeting on June 7 will focus on “Why Benton County is a Great Place to Live and Work.” Featured speakers include Randy Taylor, mayor of Prosser; Kennewick police Chief Ken Hohenberg; and Sheriff Jerry Hatcher of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The free event is at 5:30 p.m. June 7…

Business Briefs

Business Briefs — May 2017

Collapsed tunnel at Hanford prompts emergency The emergency declared May 9 at the Hanford nuclear reservation north of Richland sent shock waves through the Tri-City community and grabbed global news headlines. The cave-in of a 20-foot section of a tunnel hundreds of feet long that’s used to store radioactively contaminated materials didn’t injure any workers…


Networking — May 2017

Kadlec Foundation announces new leadership With the retirement of Glenn Welch, executive director of Kadlec Foundation, Chris Garratt will oversee both Kadlec Foundation and the Providence St. Mary Foundation in Walla Walla in a newly created role as chief development officer. Autumn Clark, who has been with Kadlec Foundation since 2015, has been promoted to development…

Kennewick Irrigation District sprinkler

Unaffiliated bill payment service targeting KID customers

The Kennewick Irrigation District is alerting customers that Doxo Inc. is using KID contact information to market its online bill payment service to potential customers. KID is not in partnership with this company and has not authorized it to use the KID logo or materials. KID does offer online bill pay through a secure portal…

The expansion of Griggs Ace Hardware & Sporting Goods store into the vacant Hastings store at 1425 George Washington Way is expected to be completed this summer. Grigg Enterprises bought the space for $5.5 million.

Griggs Ace Hardware expanding into vacant Hastings space in Richland

A loyal customer base at the Griggs Ace Hardware & Sporting Goods store in north Richland has prompted an expansion into the vacant space next door once occupied by Hastings Books Music & Video. [blockquote quote=”It’s a neighborhood store.” source=”Charlie Grigg, vice president of Pasco-based Grigg Enterprises” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] “The vision is that sometime this…

The harsh winter exacerbated the low number of homes for sale available in the Tri-Cities, putting a halt on new home construction like these Grayhawk Homes in Horn Rapids area in Richland. But real estate agents said that should change in the next 18 to 24 months as builders bring new inventory to the market. (Courtesy Karen Jackson Photography)

Tri-City real estate agents targeting homeowners directly

Market continues to see low inventory for buyers Bryan Verhei of Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty is getting ready to send potential clients a direct mail piece with home maintenance tips. It’s a little more lighthearted than one he sent in early April urging homeowners to put their home up for sale. At the…

David, left and Nathan Croskrey stand outside their recently completed Road 44 storage unit project in Pasco. The identical twins have bought, built and sold dozens of properties across the Tri-Cities.

Tri-Cities’ twin ‘Property Brothers’ share real estate success

By Robin Wojtanik Tri-Cities’ real-life “Property Brothers,” David and Nathan Croskrey have found success as a team, building, buying and selling properties around the area for decades. [blockquote quote=”We wouldn’t do it if it was not fun.” source=”Nathan Croskrey” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] But it’s not a business model they would recommend for everyone. The identical twins…

Town & Country of Tri-Cities has a temporary building to house its newly acquired Audi line of cars. The lot is near the company’s BMW business on Aaron Drive in Richland.

$2.5 million standalone Audi dealership planned in Richland

Town & Country to build facility on Aaron Drive Ralph Martinez built a large car dealership empire in the Portland area, but he always had his eye on the Tri-Cities. So two years ago, Martinez and his Town & Country dealership bought the Tri-Cities BMW dealership from Tim Bush. “My wife and I have a…

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