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Clark County real estate market stays strong

By Gordon Oliver September 16, 2014 4:15 p.m.

Clark County's real estate market in August reflected a normal seasonal downturn from July but showed continued strength overall with year-over-year increases in pending sales and median sales price and a 10 percent drop in the time needed to sell a home.

Mall mum on future of Nordstrom space

By Gordon Oliver September 8, 2014 4:36 p.m.

Vancouver Westfield mall patrons will get their last chance this holiday season to shop at the mall's Nordstrom store, which is set to close in January. Yet, seven months after that closure was announced, Westfield executives haven't disclosed their plans for the 71,000 square-foot mall anchor space that Nordstrom has occupied since 1977.

Integra appoints new interim CEO

By Gordon Oliver September 8, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Vancouver-based telecom provider Integra announced Monday that it has named board member Robert Guth as interim CEO and president. Guth replaces Kevin O’Hara, who had served as CEO since 2011. O’Hara also has left the company’s board.

Vancouver Plaza sees comings and goings

By Gordon Oliver September 3, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Construction continues on a new Burlington Coat Factory and a relocated Bed Bath & Beyond at the Vancouver Plaza, with both stores targeted for completion before the holiday shopping season begins.

Brush Prairie couple's farm labor of love

By Gordon Oliver August 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Foxfire Farm, the name that Jeff and Kathleen Booren have given to the productive plot on their Orchards homestead, is a labor of love for a couple winding down from careers in mental health services and banking.

Heraeus Shin-Etsu America closing Camas operation

By Gordon Oliver August 25, 2014 4:54 p.m.

A Japan-based company that produces a key product used in the manufacture of silicon crystals and ingots for semiconductors is closing its Camas operations, leaving dozens of mostly long-term employees without jobs.

Postal Service official makes Vancouver visit

By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, in Vancouver to attend an expo Thursday of U.S. Postal Service customers, sees a bright future for the quasi-governmental organization's expansion of its package delivery and business services.

Strictly Business: Visionary Fred Meyer

By Gordon Oliver August 17, 2014 6 a.m.

As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.

Coffee To Go: Dutch Bros. coming to Hazel Dell

By Gordon Oliver August 12, 2014 6:59 p.m.

A Dutch Bros. drive-through kiosk under construction at Northeast 99th Street and Hazel Dell Avenue should be open for business late this month or in early September.

BergerABAM moving to former City Hall site

By Gordon Oliver August 11, 2014 5:09 p.m.

The engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM said Monday that it will move its Vancouver offices to the former City Hall building at 210 E. 13th St., the first announced tenant in a building that is now called Block 56.

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