Prestige Plaza's grand opening celebrated

By Cami Joner April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Vancouver business leaders, city officials and a sister city mayor from Japan gathered at downtown's newest housing development, Prestige Plaza, on Wednesday to acknowledge the site's past and marvel at its future.

Upscale subdivision planned for Camas

By Cami Joner April 15, 2014 4:52 p.m.

With the promise of 53 upscale homes, a planned Camas subdivision is already attracting buyers with the financial means to pay for views and custom-home features.

Clark County home sales continue to improve

By Cami Joner April 14, 2014 5:20 p.m.

Clark County home sales continued to show signs of improvement in March, as residential values increased and more sellers listed their properties for sale.

Green laurels for local businesses

By Cami Joner April 12, 2014 6 a.m.

An energy-saving hospital, a wine bar that reuses bottle corks to block out sound, and an office that dramatically reduced its paper use are part of a group being recognized on Wednesday for green company practices.

Wal-Mart in Orchards?

By Cami Joner April 10, 2014 6:47 p.m.

Just as Wal-Mart prepares to open its second Neighborhood Market in Vancouver and its third Clark County Supercenter in Battle Ground, the giant retailer appears to be moving forward with plans for a long-mothballed project in Orchards.

Papa Murphy's sued by franchisees

By Cami Joner April 8, 2014 5:56 p.m.

A group of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza franchise owners this month filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver-based parent company in Clark County Superior Court.

Bemis Co. Inc. sells Vancouver plant to Hood Packaging

By Cami Joner April 4, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Bemis Co. Inc. announced this week it has sold its Vancouver plant, along with three other paper packaging plants to Hood Packaging Corp. based in Mississippi.

Local labor leader Parker dies

By Cami Joner April 3, 2014 2:39 p.m.

Well-known Vancouver labor leader and jobs advocate Philip A. Parker, who served on a number of county and state boards, has died.

Vancouver lands Banfield Pet Hospital HQ

By Cami Joner April 2, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Clark County has landed a new corporate headquarters, a company that plans to bring 600 employees to east Vancouver in late 2015.

College narrows in on new site for campus

By Cami Joner April 1, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Clark College has zeroed in on a Ridgefield site for its future north-county campus, but does not expect to reveal the location for another month or two.

Planet Fitness adds Hazel Dell location

By Cami Joner April 1, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Planet Fitness will open its second Vancouver location on Friday at 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in the Northgate Village Shopping Center, next to Grocery Outlet. The company’s first Clark County gym opened in 2011 in the Garrison Square retail center off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Garrison Road.

Bill's Chicken and Steak House owners sell restaurant

By Cami Joner March 31, 2014 10:25 a.m.

Bill’s Chicken and Steak House, a landmark Vancouver restaurant, has been sold and its longtime family owners expect April 12 to be the venue’s last day of business.

New DSHS office rising in Vancouver

By Cami Joner March 27, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Construction is moving along on a new Vancouver office building for the state Department of Social and Health Services, which plans to consolidate its local programs under one centrally located roof.

Clark County makes 'solid' jobs gain over 12 months

By Cami Joner March 25, 2014 6:13 p.m.

Clark County employment grew by 4,700 jobs over the 12 months ending Feb. 28. The 3.5 percent increase in jobs over that one-year period was “solid,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security department. That included a gain of 600 jobs since January.

Camp Melacoma close to reopening

By Cami Joner March 24, 2014 5:58 p.m.

It appears that Washougal's Camp Melacoma will reopen this summer now that it has a way to treat water containing naturally occurring arsenic that forced its closure four years ago.

Papa Murphy's seeking a bigger slice of pie

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Papa Murphy's International has long maintained a low-key local presence as it expanded its network of franchised pizza outlets across the nation, while quietly increasing its workforce to 183 employees at its modest headquarters near Westfield Vancouver mall.

Strictly Business: Women control the purses

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Just because I'm an old lady doesn't mean I want to be treated like one.

Papa Murphy's outlines key issues, challenges in SEC filing

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 5:58 a.m.

Analysts and prospective investors will be examining the financials of Papa Murphy's International in the weeks ahead in preparation for the stock sale on a date that has not been announced. Here are some of the key points the company has presented, as required, in the S-1 form of its Security and Exchange Commission filing:

New PAC seeks to counter direction of county leadership

By Cami Joner March 20, 2014 6:56 p.m.

A group of Clark County business and economic development advocates is moving to counter the direction of Republican commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke by creating a PAC to help fill the board seat vacated by Democrat Steve Stuart and support a more transportation-friendly legislative agenda.

Home prices heat up in Clark County

By Cami Joner March 12, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Clark County home sellers are calling the shots once again, from the looks of the area's house prices in a report issued Wednesday.

Papa Murphy's goes out for IPO

By Cami Joner March 11, 2014 5:32 p.m.

Vancouver-based take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy's International has filed an initial public stock offering to raise up to $70 million, according to a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Vancouver approves Esther Short Building deal

By Cami Joner March 11, 2014 4:50 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council has approved an amendment to the sale of a city-owned building and its adjoining property, paving the way for another urban redevelopment project in downtown Vancouver.

County pot grower expects to be legal this week

By Cami Joner March 10, 2014 9:20 p.m.

Clark County’s first legal pot-growing operation should be underway by the end of this week, according to owner Brian Stroh.

Sparks confirms the end is near

By Cami Joner March 4, 2014 7:31 p.m.

It's now official: Sparks Home Furnishings, downtown Vancouver's oldest business, is closing after 132 years.

Prestige Plaza apartment complex opens

By Cami Joner March 3, 2014 5:39 p.m.

Vancouver's newest downtown apartment complex is now open and offering data transmission at extremely high speeds, in addition to modern kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, granite counters, wood laminate floors and walk-in closets.

Tax break paves way for downtown apartments

By Cami Joner February 26, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Affordable apartments with parking and bike storage are the cornerstones of an $18 million complex that will get a tax break from the city for construction on a triangular piece of land in downtown Vancouver.

Contractors should be ‘doctors with tool belts’

By Cami Joner February 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Local contractors association saw Bock as a ‘bridge builder’

Retail experts: Former Albertsons may be vacant for a while

By Cami Joner February 20, 2014 3:22 p.m.

A pair of former Albertsons stores that have become Vancouver's latest commercial real estate vacancies are expected to stay empty for a long time.

Steakburger site to be redeveloped

By Cami Joner February 19, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Plans are moving forward for a summer start to demolish and redevelop the iconic Steakburger restaurant site and its adjoining miniature golf course.

Home sales increase slightly in Clark County in January

By Cami Joner February 17, 2014 4:51 p.m.

Tighter inventory of houses for sale and stricter lending rules created new obstacles for prospective homebuyers in Clark County in January, according to local analyses of a report issued Saturday.

Strictly Business: Reusable bags worth the effort

By Cami Joner February 16, 2014 6 a.m.

I just want all of you grocery store owners to know I like being asked whether I need a bag at the store check-out.

Wal-Mart seeks nearly 400 local workers

By Cami Joner February 13, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Clark County job seekers can now go to work for Wal-Mart, which has about 380 full- and part-time jobs up for grabs at two stores set to open this spring.

Snow puts some local businesses on ice

By Cami Joner February 10, 2014 5:24 p.m.

The recent blast of snow and ice was rough on hundreds of Clark County businesses, causing many to lose revenue as most people hunkered down at home during the blustery weekend weather.

Developer: Oil terminal would derail waterfront project

By Cami Joner February 8, 2014 3:28 p.m.

For months, developer Barry Cain has told anyone who would listen that his plan for a $1.3 billion Vancouver waterfront development was threatened by a proposed oil terminal about 2 miles downriver at the Port of Vancouver.

Nordstrom to close in Vancouver mall, Lloyd Center

By Cami Joner February 5, 2014 9:05 p.m.

Nordstrom announced today it will close stores at Westfield Vancouver mall and at the Lloyd Center in Portland by January 2015 as recessionary pressures continue to hammer department store retailers.

Jo-Ann Fabric adds second local outlet

By Cami Joner February 4, 2014 6 a.m.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores on Sunday opened its second Clark County store, in Hazel Dell, where the retailer is poised to capitalize on crafty west-side consumers.

Organic, discount groceries coming to Vancouver

By Cami Joner January 30, 2014 4:30 p.m.

A discount grocer has purchased the former St. Johns IGA in Vancouver, while at the other end of the food-selling spectrum, another organic grocer is staking its Clark County claim on Hazel Dell.

Local businesses gear up for the big game

By Cami Joner January 29, 2014 5:35 p.m.

It's almost here. And this Sunday's Super Bowl match-up between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos has Clark County businesses scrambling for field position with displays of beer and Skittles, extra seating and all things team blue and green.

Retail sales in Clark County increase in 3Q

By Cami Joner January 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County retail sales increased in the third quarter, with the purchase of home construction materials contributing the biggest boost to the area's state sales tax collections.

Sparks set to sell downtown site

By Cami Joner January 27, 2014 5:26 p.m.

The northeast corner of Broadway and Evergreen Boulevard won’t be the same without the Sparks Home Furnishings store, located there since 1951.

Panels explore different factions of local economy

By Aaron Corvin , Cami Joner and Gordon Oliver January 23, 2014 7:20 p.m.

The Columbian's 2014 Economic Forecast Breakfast featured three panel discussions on a range of local business topics, and a fourth panel discussion featuring local high school and college students. Here are some highlights from those discussions.

Builders dig in for 2014 Parade of Homes

By Cami Joner January 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Golden shovels in hand, Clark County homebuilders on Wednesday broke ground ceremoniously on the 2014 NW Natural Parade of Homes, a showcase of new houses to be held in July at the Erickson Farms subdivision in Felida, on Vancouver's west side.

Construction poised to make gains in 2014

By Cami Joner January 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Commercial contractors have shaken off the doldrums and are cutting loose on a big list of Clark County projects this year.

Foreclosures hit 6-year low in 2013

By Cami Joner January 16, 2014 6 a.m.

The total number of home foreclosures in 2013 in Clark County reached the lowest level since 2007, according to a report issued Thursday, which also showed that the value of distressed properties have improved across the nation.

Albertsons to close 2 more Clark County stores

By Cami Joner January 13, 2014 6:53 p.m.

Albertsons announced Monday it will close two more Clark County grocery stores, leaving just two remaining locations to face the increased competition from deep-discount supermarkets.

Strictly Business: Online customer service is improving

By Cami Joner January 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Most of us aren't surprised by statistics showing we shopped online a lot more during the recent holiday season.

Firm looks to finish multifamily housing project

By Cami Joner January 8, 2014 5:48 p.m.

With a proposal to construct multifamily rental housing near the Washington State School for the Blind, StoneRidge Homes expects to build upon the rebounding multifamily housing market.

Jim Short makes move to Linear

By Cami Joner January 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Veteran technology executive Jim Short has been hired by Linear Technology Corp. to oversee facilities, operations and projects at the chipmaker's Camas plant, a similar position to his previous longtime post at the nearby WaferTech fabrication plant.

Fuel Medical moving to Camas

By Cami Joner December 30, 2013 5:12 p.m.

The owners of a fast-growing Vancouver business have purchased a building in downtown Camas from the Westlie Ford dealership and plan to renovate the space into trendy offices for more than 30 employees.

Ross Dress for Less to open 3rd Clark County store

By Cami Joner December 26, 2013 4:13 p.m.

An east Vancouver building that formerly housed a Best Buy store will soon be transformed into a Ross Dress for Less.