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Archives: Aug. 2011

Aug.
31st

Westwood Shipping Lines to open Puyallup HQ

A shipping line formerly part of Weyerhaeuser Co. will open its new Puyallup headquarters next Wednesday on South Hill.

Westwood Shipping Lines is moving to a former computer chip plant now converted to an office and research park, the South Hill Business & Technology Center. As part of Weyerhaeuser, the shipping line’s headquarters were in Federal Way.

Weyerhaeuser sold the shipping company to J-WesCo, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Warehouse in Japan. Sumitomo paid $53 million for the shipping line.

The shipping company has a fleet of seven ships and revenues of $246 million last year.

Some 70 workers will be

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Aug.
31st

U.S. Healthworks urgent care centers again a Regence network provider

U.S. Health Works’ 14 Puget Sound and three Spokane urgent care centers are once again in-network medical providers for Regence Blue Shield members in the Puget Sound area and Asuris members in Spokane.

The agreement between U.S. Health Works and Regence is effective Sept. 1.

Regence/Asuris provide medical coverage for some 780,000 members in the Evergreen State.

The clinics provide urgent care services, occupational healthcare, physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage therapy.

By being an in-network provider, U.S. Healthworks will ensure its patients wil receive higher reimbursement from Regence for care received in U.S. Healthworks facilities.

Aug.
31st

Gas station owner wins court round against BP

The Tacoma owner of a string of Western Washington gas stations that ARCO had sought to shut down today won the first court battle of what could become a long legal war

But the court victory could be a hollow one if Hatem Shalabi, the stations’ owner, can’t convince a wholesaler that the court victory clears the way for them to supply him gasoline.

BP reportedly has warned wholesalers against getting involved in the dispute by supplying Shalabi with unbranded gas.

The legal victory came this morning before U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle. She ruled against

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Aug.
31st

UPDATE: Wal-Mart confirms plans to build on Central Tacoma Elks site

UPDATE, 2:35 p.m.: Wal-Mart spokesman Steven Restivo just told me that the company plans to build a 150,000-square-foot store on the Central Tacoma Elks site between South Union Avenue and Cedar Street.

The company submitted a land-use application for the store today, he said. “With the moratorium being the elephant in the room, I don’t know what that does to the (construction) time frame,” he said.

Restivo said in light of the moratorium, the company will take a “wait-and-see” approach. Typically a Super Center can take up to 18 months to build before doors open, he said.

The timing of

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Aug.
31st

Delta opening new club in penthouse at Sea-Tac’s South Satellite

Delta Air Lines today unlocks the doors to the latest of its Sky Club passenger lounges, this one at Sea-Tac Airport’s South Satellite Terminal.

The new club, open to paid members and certain ticket holders, is located in a newly-built 8,300-square-foot penthouse on the top level of the airport’s South Satellite.

The club offers the usual amenities including comfortable seating and bar service as well as a new feature, showers for weary travelers.

Delta upgraded its travel facilities at Sea-Tac after merging with Northwest Airlines and increasing its repertoire of overseas flights from Sea-Tac.

During the summer, the airline has

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Aug.
31st

Seahawks, airport vendor open football-themed restaurant at airport

The Seattle Seahawks and HMSHost Corp. Tuesday celebrated the opening a new football-themed restaurant in Sea-Tac Airport’s North Satellite.

The new eatery, called the Seahawks 12 Club, is located near Gate N-9 inside security at the airport’s North Satellite Terminal.

The restaurant, a joint effort between the Seahawks and HMSHost, recognizes the role that Seahawks fans play as the “12th Man” in home games at CenturyLink Field.

The restaurant is decorated with large photos of the team’s game highlights and an oversized bronze sculpture of retired Seahawk offensive tackle Walter Jones.

Aug.
31st

Alaska Air’s Sea-Tac Board Room named among top American airport lounges

Alaska Airlines’ elite passenger lounge in Sea-Tac Airport’s Concourse D has won honors as one of the country’s top airport lounges.

The Alaska Board Room at Sea-Tac was among a dozen airport lounges voted into the top rank by members of Priority Pass, an organization that offers access to more than 600 airport lounges for an an annual fee and a per visit charge.

Most airport lounges are available to passengers flying on first class or business class tickets on the airline that operates the lounge and to the airline’s top level frequent fliers. Some lounges are available to the

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Aug.
30th

Another expanding chain builds a beachhead in Puyallup

Another growing out-of-state retail chain is opening its first Washington store in Puyallup.

Charming Charlie, a Texas-based women’s fashion retailer, plans to open its first store in the Evergreen State Oct. 11 in South Hill Mall.

The South Hill Mall was the site of the first Washington store for a nationwide sporting goods chain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, two years ago, and an out-of-state barbeque chain, Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, has announced plans to build one of its first Washington stores on South Hill.

South Hills’ South Meridian was also the location of the first local branch of Sonic Drive-In four

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