Richland Cash & Carry is now a CHEF’STORE

The Richland Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice store has been renamed US Foods CHEF’STORE, effective March 1.

US Foods acquired Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores in April 2020 to accelerate the growth of the cash and carry market. The change combines the US Foods brand with the assortment, pricing and customer service of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores, paving the way for an improved customer experience, according to US Foods.

As part of the rebranding, all 72 Smart Foodservice Warehouse stores, including Richland’s at 1939 Fowler Street, updated store signage, marketing and promotional materials, associated uniforms and more. items in and around stores.

Buyers can still expect the same service and products from the whole food and restaurant supplier. Over time, stores will begin to introduce exclusive brands of US Foods to expand the product assortment.

US Foods operates 33 stores in the state, including a new one in Clarkston.

US Foods, headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, is a foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators.

Trios Health opens spine and pain clinic

Trios Health has opened a spine and interventional pain clinic at the Trios Care Center in Southridge, 3730 Plaza Way, Kennewick.

The clinic opened on February 22 in the former Pinnacle Pain space in suite 6100.

The medical team is led by neurosurgeon Dr. Matthew Fewel and intervention pain management specialist Dr. Michael Kolczynski.

Fewel joined Trios in 2019 and Kolczynski in 2020.

Baker Boyer buys the neighboring office

Baker Boyer Bancorp, a Walla Walla bank, bought the office condominium next to his Kennewick office as an investment in his future.

Baker Boyer paid $ 525,000 for a former hearing aid clinic that occupied 3,239 square feet across his building at 1149 N. Edison St., Suite D.

Branch manager Vesna Dodge said there were no plans to expand the staff to 18 people on the other side of the two-unit building. The bank already owned the unit it occupies.

Buying the space buys the flexibility to grow in the future or sell the entire building as one unit.

Baker Boyer has branches in Kennewick and Yakima. The local branch provides trust and wealth management services as well as business banking services.

Tri-Cities airport exhibits the development

Tri-Cities Airport has launched a new art project that celebrates the development history of the region.

The 2021 exhibit, curated by the Airport Art Committee, shines a light on the people, buildings and events that have shaped the community.

The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Pacific Northwest Aviation Museum, and the Franklin County Historical Society and Museum have each assembled a collection of images to display in the terminal for the coming year.

Meadow Springs is the final qualifying site for the US Open

Meadow Springs Country Club is one of 11 final qualifying venues for the US Open golf tournament.

The United States Golf Association has identified 109 local venues and 11 final venues to prepare for the tournament, which will be held June 17-20 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.

Players who pass the local qualifying process in 43 states and Canada advance to the finals.

In addition to Richland, the finals will be held in Texas, Ohio, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, as well as Japan and Canada. Meadow Springs will host a US Open final on June 7, according to Golf Week magazine.

Sandhill Crane Festival Goes Online

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival will be held online from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 20. The cost is $ 10.

Speakers are Gary Ivy, who will discuss the cranes that migrate through Othello; Bruce Bjornstad, who will discuss Ice Age flooding; Mike Denny, who has toured the festival for over 20 years; and Jason Fidorra, who will be discussing Burrowing Owl habitat.

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Seizure ban keeps zombies at bay, for now

At least one feature of the Great Recession did not emerge during the economic upheavals of the Covid-19 pandemic: the vacant zombie house, often seized.

Bans on foreclosures minimize the number of abandoned or unoccupied properties, according to ATOM Data Solutions’ Q1 2021 Vacant Properties and Zombies Report.

ATTOM, parent company of RealtyTrac, reports 1.4 million vacant properties, or 1.5% of the 99 million homes in the United States. The data is based on publicly recorded real estate data including foreclosure status, equity and owner occupancy status.

The foreclosure rate was 38% lower than a year ago and 12.3% lower than the previous quarter. The rate of “zombies” translates to one in 14,825, compared to one in 11,405 a year ago.

ATTOM attributes the drop to a moratorium on lenders banning government guaranteed mortgages, which has been in place for a year. The moratorium affects 70% of the county’s home loans and was extended until June 30, 2021 by Congress in 2020.

“These days you can walk around most neighborhoods in the United States and not see a single zombie lock. This continues a remarkable turnaround from the (Great Recession) when many communities were littered with abandoned properties, ”said Todd Teta, product manager at ATTOM, who also noted that the numbers would worsen when the moratorium is lifted.

New York had the most zombie properties, followed by Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and New Jersey. California has led the West.

Blue Mountain Land Trust plans virtual film festival

Blue Mountain Land Trust, a Walla Walla non-profit organization focused on preserving natural areas, will be broadcasting its annual Wild & Scenic Festival online at 6:30 p.m. on April 1.

The event combines inspiring films that celebrate the natural environment as attendees chat and compete for door prizes.

Residents of the Walla Walla area can also sign up for special food packages, with special meals available at AK’s Mercado in Walla Walla, Little Canyon Food Cart at John Day, and Sundown Grill & Bar-BQ in Pendleton.

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Northwest Farm Credit Services Increased Dividend Rate

Northwest Farm Credit Services paid a one-time rebate of 1.5% of the average daily eligible loan balance of client-members in lieu of the regular payment of 1.25%. Eligible beneficiaries received part of the payment in mid-2020 and the balance in mid-February 2021.

NWFCS, a $ 14 billion finance cooperative, has paid out $ 177 million to more than 9,000 client-members for 2020.

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