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Free cake, no protests as Walmart opens its first Tacoma store

With speeches, cheers and a prayer, Tacoma’s first Walmart store opened Wednesday morning.

Dozens of patrons waited for the doors to open at 8 a.m. as Walmart officials and dignitaries gathered in a semicircle before a makeshift stage to bear witness to $68,000 in charitable contributions and a brief history of the company which, on Wednesday, saw the opening of 24 stores nationwide and two in state – in Tacoma and Vancouver.

“Building this store has been a journey,” said Tom McReynolds, a Walmart manager who oversees nine stores in the Puget

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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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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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Grocery workers to post informational pickets Wednesday

Attempts to reach a new labor agreement for some 30,000 grocery workers in the Puget Sound area are reaching a confrontational stage.

Workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, will post informational pickets outside 12 stores Wednesday to draw attention to what they say are attempts by local grocery chains to cut back their pay and benefits.

Those informational pickets will march in front of the stores between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. One Tacoma store, the Fred Meyer at 6901 South 19th Street, has been targeted among the dozen Puget Sound stores.

The union claims

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Long-awaited downtown Kent residential and retail project will begin next month

A long-awaited Kent residential and retail project at a key downtown intersection will begin construction next month.

The five-story, mixed use building will contain 176 apartments, 3,100 square feet of retail and 35 public parking places in addition to parking spots for residents.

The project is being developed by Seattle’s Goodman Real Estate. The building is being designed by Studio Meng Strazzara.

The construction site occupies a strategic location near the Kent Station retail development and Kent’s historic downtown district.  The project will be called “The Platform” because of its proximity to Sound Transit’s Kent Sounder commuter rail station and

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Investor with ties to Bellevue developer buys downtown Tacoma’s Columbia Bank Building

An investor with close ties to Bellevue mega-developer F. Kemper Freeman Jr. has bought one of downtown Tacoma’s historic retail cornerstones, the Columbia Bank Building.

But Howard McQuaid said his purchase of the 88,000-square-foot former department store at 1102 Broadway Plaza doesn’t indicate a shift in Kemper Development Co.’s Bellevue focus.

“It was a personal investment,” said McQuaid Tuesday. “There is no connection with Kemper Development Co.”

McQuaid is vice president of leasing and development for Kemper Development and Kemper Freeman’s son-in-law. Kemper Development created the Bellevue Square shopping center and the connected Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place mixed-use developments.

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New card deck will count 54 more ways that Tacoma is beautiful

This just in from two of Tacoma’s creative advocates: Tacoma Makes plans a second deck of Tacoma playing cards, to be released this fall.

The first deck, which we’ll now call the blue deck, was produced last year with the help of a Kickstarter and did so well the Tacoma Makes organizers are ordering a second printing.

Maija McKnight, who founded Tacoma Makes with Amy McBride, told me in an email today that they have distributed more than 5,000 decks of the blue cards, which retail for $20 a pack. They have 400 left in inventory, she said,

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Tacoma McMenamins is the topic of lunch panel in two weeks

Perhaps, dear readers, we might learn a few more details about the McMenamins’ plans for the Tacoma Elks Temple after a luncheon in two weeks.

Commercial Real Estate Women Seattle & Sound are hosting a lunch panel May 14 at the Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, that promises “more exciting details” about the construction.

The group’s news release says construction is scheduled to begin later this year, though a time frame for that has been squishy for awhile. Representatives of the Portland-based brewpub picked up construction permits from the City of Tacoma in February, but work hasn’t begun yet. The

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