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Archives: April 2010

April
28th

Brewery District update

A draft plan for the possible future uses for downtown’s Brewery District, including public comments and suggestions gathered in December, will be presented to a city council committee on May 11.

Peter Huffman of the city’s economic development department said Wednesday that the brewery plan will be presented at the economic development committee meeting as part of a larger discussion about finding a home for a permanent outdoor market downtown. The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. in room 248 of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St.

The first draft of the Brewery district plan, updated last year by

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April
28th

Gas prices remain moderate in Tacoma despite national trend

Retail gasoline prices nationwide hit their highest level since October 2008 today, but Tacoma gas prices remained far below historic highs.

Nationwide, average prices for unleaded regular today were $2.869 a gallon, according to the AAA. In Tacoma, average prices were $3.064, just .2 cents more than they were last Wednesday.

While higher gas taxes and a more constricted supply have historically kept Northwest prices above the national average, analysts say its unlikely that gas prices will take off as they did two years ago. Average prices for regular gas in Tacoma then topped $4.35 a gallon.

Oil industry observers

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April
28th

Alaska Air halting Cancun flights

Alaska Airlines will stop flying from Seattle to Cancun, Mexico non-stop beginning Saturday as the airline trims back on weak routes in favor of new flying to Hawaii.

The airline will also halt its Los Angeles-Cancun flights June 5.

The airline will continue some Alaska Vacations trips to the resort city on Mexico’s east coast through Sept. 12.

The airline has been flying to Cancun for nine years, but the 2,687-mile flight from Seattle and the 2,120-mile route from Los Angeles didn’t generate enough revenue to keep the flights operating, said the airline.

Seattle travelers can reach Cancun

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April
28th

Washington Federal Savings changes its brand – now it’s Washington Federal, thank you, “invested here”

Don’t worry when you see a sign company making changes to local Washington Federal Savings branches. It’s not what you think – if you think the bank, like several others lately, has been overtaken by another institution.

It’s merely a rebranding.

According to a Washington Federal release this week, “For the first time in more than 25 years, Washington Federal Savings is updating its company image and launching a new brand identity. New signs are already being installed at many of the company’s Western Washington locations, including two branches in the Tacoma area.”

The new name comes about following

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April
27th

Port of Tacoma breakfast is sold out

If you don’t have a seat to the Port of Tacoma’s annual breakfast tomorrow morning, there’s always the waiting list.

Supply chain notable Kate Vitasek is the featured speaker at the breakfast, which is sold out. It’s being held at the Hotel Murano.

Also on the program are Don Johnson, president of the Port of Tacoma Commission, John Wolfe, the port’s interim executive director, and Scott Mason, president of ILWU Local 23 union.

Vitasek also will moderate a supply chain panel featuring Rocky Griese, export and logistics manager of Costco’s wholesale division; John Keenan, senior vice president of Horizon Lines

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April
27th

New 787s all wearing foreign paint jobs

In years past, when Boeing debut a new plane, the initial production examples out the factory door usually wore the liveries of U.S. airlines.

With the 747 it was Pan Am. With the 777, it was United Airlines. But the planes now emerging from Boeing’s 787 assembly line in Everett are displaying a new trend. The first planes going into service are all going to be operated by foreign carriers.

Already 787s carry the paint job of launch customer All Nippon Airways and Royal Air Maroc. And two planes now clad in white will soon wear the color’s of Chile’s

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April
27th

New sporting goods giant opening Friday at South Hill Mall

The country’s largest sporting goods retailer, Pennsylvania-based Dick’s Sporting Goods, plans to open its first Washington store Friday in Puyallup’s South Hill Mall.

Dick’s will occupy the remodeled space once leased by two now-bankrupt retailers, Linens ‘n’ Things and Circuit City.

The 60,000-square-foot space is the last major anchor space available at the mall which, like most major malls, suffered from vacancies brought on by the recession.

The mall has filled another major vacant space, the former Mervyn’s store, with a second JC Penney store.

Dick’s operates in 40 states with most of its 400-some stores concentrated in the

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April
27th

Cruise season begins in Puget Sound amidst uncertainty

Cruise season began this week in Seattle with the first of what the Port of Seattle says will be a record 223 cruise ship calls at the port’s two cruise terminals.

Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam arrived Monday at the port’s Smith Cove Cruise Terminal just as Seattle-based Holland America announced that it will cut Seattle-Alaska cruises next year from 69 in 2010 to 50.

The cruise line will shift that capacity to Europe, where the cruise business has been growing rapidly.

The cruise business has suffered mightily in the recession, slashing fares and making deals to keep ships full.

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