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Category: Consumer Alert

July
17th

UPDATED: Chick-fil-A planning a Tacoma store

Georgia-based Chick-fil-A, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, plans to open a drive-through restaurant in Tacoma.

The plans were filed with the City of Tacoma this morning and first noted by local blog exit133.com. A project manager confirmed them to The News Tribune. Those plans indicate the company plans a 4,567-square-foot restaurant at 3902 Steele St., near the Ashley Furniture store in the Tacoma Mall area.

The plans don’t list a timeline for construction. I’m working to get in contact with someone from the company to elaborate. The company doesn’t operate in Washington state now,

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July
10th

Tacoma Top Food & Drug closing

Walmart’s decision to build a store in Tacoma is already having an effect on the city’s retail landscape, though the retail giant’s store has yet to open.

Tacoma’s Top Food & Drug store, a neighbor of the new Walmart,  will close in four to six weeks, the company announced Wednesday.

The store at 3130 South 23rd Street will soon be competing with Walmart, which opens in mid-summer on the site of the former Tacoma Elks Lodge about a block north of the Top Food location.

Haggen Inc., Top Food & Drug owner, said Walmart’s presence was a factor in the

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July
3rd

Tacoma-based medical care provider settles overbilling lawsuit for $14.5 million

A Tacoma company that provides doctors to some 70 hospitals in 22 states has agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle an overbilling lawsuit.

Sound Physicians agreed to pay $14.5 million to end a  suit originally brought by former Sound employee Craig Thomas under the federal False Claims Act, the United States Department of Justice said Wednesday.  That act provides that whistle-blowers such as Thomas will share in any recovery. Thomas, former Sound Physicians’ Southwest regional manager, will receive $2.7 million of the $14.5 million settlement amount.

The suit claimed that physicians employed by Sound submitted claims to Medicare and

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July
2nd

Tacoma Walmart workers busy stocking shelves – opening set for July 17

The rosebushes are blooming in the parking lot and the baked beans and peanut butter are on the shelves at Walmart Store No. 4137, the 52nd in the state and the first within the Tacoma city limits.

More than 300 newly hired employees have been busy these past few days stocking the shelves while workers outside finished striping the parking lot.

At a staff meeting as the afternoon shift reported for duty Tuesday, the cheer went up inside: “4-1-3-7, shopping here is shopping heaven!”

Store manager Adam Fann announced Tuesday that the store will open to the public

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June
26th

Yakima tops state list for car theft; Washington places two in U.S. Top Ten

Oops.

Go to the National Insurance Crime Bureau website and look for Hot Spots 2012. There’s a map of the United States and 10 little red dots, each marking a hotbed of auto theft.

Everything east of the West Coast is empty, pristine, unsullied by a serious problem with car theft. But eight red dots reside in California. Two sit in the Evergreen State.

Yakima ranks fifth in the nation for car thefts with a 2012 rate of 674.15 thefts per 100,000 people. Spokane and Spokane Valley come in ninth nationwide with a rate of 568.34.

The Tacoma-Seattle area

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June
4th

DaVita subsidiary, Paladina Health, opens second Washington clinic in Federal Way

Paladina Health, the DaVita subsidiary that opened its first primary care clinic in downtown Tacoma, opened its second location in Washington on Tuesday.

Located at 32275 32nd Ave. S. in Federal Way, near DaVita’s newest business offices, the clinic is also the 35th in a nationwide network of “employer-sponsored medical homes” — in other words, a way for businesses to provide healthcare coverage for employees without using an insurance company.

Paladina Health is a subsidiary of $9 billion health care services company DaVita HealthCare Partners, which is based in Denver. DaVita is a national leader in kidney care and dialysis,

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March
28th

Tax scams: The IRS 2013 Dirty Dozen

It’s that time of year again – in fact, it’s almost past that time of year again to really start thinking about your tax return. And if you want something to worry about (especially if you’re thinking about some kind of tax dodge) here’s the 2013 version of the Internal Revenue Service “Dirty Dozen” scams.

Identity Theft. During 2012, the IRS protected $20 billion of fraudulent refunds, including those related to identity theft.This compares to $14 billion in 2011. Taxpayers who believe they are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information should immediately contact

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March
15th

Inflation hits 0.8 percent increase following decline in previous period; gas and alcohol contribute

Inflation is up. Blame the twin fuels of alcohol and gasoline.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday released its latest look at the Tacoma-Seattle Consumer Price Index. Overall prices in the area rose 0.8 percent for the two months ending in February.

The February figure follows a decline of 1.4 percent marked in December. Not since last April, when prices rose 0.9 percent, has the CPI registered so high an increase.

The primary contributor to the upswing was gasoline, which recorded an increase of 8.4 percent for the two months. Alcoholic beverages showed a 2.2 percent increase, and registers

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