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Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.



Retail Therapy in the Yakima Valley

October 18, 2012

Ribbon cuttings and Grand Opening celebrations abound in Union Gap this month with the much anticipated arrival of two popular retailers, JC Penney and Cabela’s. Several thousand lined up the night before Cabela’s Grand Opening October 4, eager to be one of the first into the new Outpost store. I know, between my twelve year-old son and husband, you would have thought Christmas came three months early.  With dreamy looks in their eyes and anticipation in their voices, the two plotted and planned their shopping spree making sure to include fly fishing gear, new waders for duck hunting season and hickory chips for smoking a summer’s worth of trout in my freezer on their shopping list.

Birthdays and Christmas will be a breeze for me this year – can we say Cabela’s gift cards?Meanwhile the girls – myself and two daughters- were more excited about JC Penney’s Grand Opening the following day, marking the retailer’s return to the Yakima area after a 12 year absence. The beautiful new 60,000 square-foot store offers a wide variety of merchandise at great prices. J.C. Penney, along with the 40,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost Store are the anchors for the $40 million Washington Plaza shopping center, which was developed by Valley Mall owner Center Cal Properties. A Famous Dave’s restaurant is slated to open there early next year.  The opening of these two new stores is not only exciting because it brings new retail opportunities to the Yakima Valley- they bring jobs! Both JC Penney and Cabela’s have hired over 100 employees for their two new locations. On behalf of the Yakima County Development Association and Valley consumers welcome to the neighborhood – we are happy you’re here! 

For more information on retail opportunities in our Valley visit the retail link on our website:

*Picture courtesy of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce

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