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Columbian Business Editor

Veggie Delite Papa Murphy's pizzas

Papa Murphy’s reports 27% jump in revenue

Veggie Delite Papa Murphy's pizzas

November 4, 2015, 5:24pm Business

Papa Murphy's, the Vancouver-based maker of take-and-bake pizza, reported third-quarter revenue of $28.1 million, an increase of 26.9 percent compared to last year's third quarter, in an earnings report released Wednesday. Read story

A shopper pushes a grocery cart past a sign welcoming shoppers to participate in online grocery shopping at Fred Meyers in Vancouver Tuesday November 3 , 2015.(Natalie Behring/The Columbian)
A shopper pushes a grocery cart past a sign welcoming shoppers to participate in online grocery shopping at Fred Meyers in Vancouver Tuesday November 3 , 2015.(Natalie Behring/The Columbian)
The Fred Meyer store in Orchards at 7411 N.E. 117th Ave. is the first in the chain to offer an online grocery service. Customers can order online, set a pickup time for the next day, and do their grocery shopping without setting foot in the store. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian)

Fred Meyer offers online shopping at Orchards site

A shopper pushes a grocery cart past a sign welcoming shoppers to participate in online grocery shopping at Fred Meyers in Vancouver Tuesday November 3 , 2015.(Natalie Behring/The Columbian)
A shopper pushes a grocery cart past a sign welcoming shoppers to participate in online grocery shopping at Fred Meyers in Vancouver Tuesday November 3 , 2015.(Natalie Behring/The Columbian)
The Fred Meyer store in Orchards at 7411 N.E. 117th Ave. is the first in the chain to offer an online grocery service. Customers can order online, set a pickup time for the next day, and do their grocery shopping without setting foot in the store. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian)

November 4, 2015, 6:09am Business

Fred Meyer's Orchards store is among the first in the regional grocery chain to launch a new online shopping service that allows grocery shoppers to complete the task without setting foot in the store. Read story

Elson Strahan, the former president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, has joined Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality as vice president of investor relations.

Strahan joins Vesta Hospitality

Elson Strahan, the former president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, has joined Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality as vice president of investor relations.

October 29, 2015, 11:11am Business

Elson Strahan, former Fort Vancouver National Trust president and CEO, has joined Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality as vice president of investor relations, Vesta has announced. Read story

The process of settling numerous legal claims against Christensen Shipyards, under its former ownership, is underway even as current company owner Henry Luken has reopened the yacht builder with just more than 100 employees now at work.

More legal woes for Christensen

The process of settling numerous legal claims against Christensen Shipyards, under its former ownership, is underway even as current company owner Henry Luken has reopened the yacht builder with just more than 100 employees now at work.

October 21, 2015, 4:31pm Business

A Camas lighting supplier has filed suit in Clark County Superior Court to recover money it says is owed for work at Christensen Shipyards prior to the shipyard's sale to Tennessee investor Henry Luken. Read story

Home sales in Clark County cooled in September, but homes for sale are in short supply and sales prices continue to rise, the RMLS real estate listing service reported Thursday. This home on Southeast McGillivray Boulevard in Vancouver was posted for sale this week.

County housing market cooled in September

Home sales in Clark County cooled in September, but homes for sale are in short supply and sales prices continue to rise, the RMLS real estate listing service reported Thursday. This home on Southeast McGillivray Boulevard in Vancouver was posted for sale this week.

October 15, 2015, 3:51pm Business

Clark County's real estate market cooled in September, with declines in pending and closed sales and a sharp 14.7 percent drop in new listings, according to the latest Market Action report from RMLS, the Portland-based real estate listing service. Read story

Clinton Cotton puts away dishes during his shift at the Fisher’s Landing New Seasons Market.

Recognizing an ‘untapped resource’video icon

Clinton Cotton puts away dishes during his shift at the Fisher’s Landing New Seasons Market.

October 11, 2015, 6:05am Business

Few people could love their job more than Clinton Cotton, an employee of the New Seasons Market at Fisher's Landing, loves his. And few could receive as much love back in return from fellow employees and customers who enjoy the charming man his father calls a "human magnet" who exudes… Read story

An aerial view of the future site of the Cowlitz casino west of La Center.

Cowlitz casino project gets riskier rating

An aerial view of the future site of the Cowlitz casino west of La Center.

October 9, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Moody's Investor Service on Thursday assigned a B3 Corporate Family Rating to the Cowlitz Tribal Gaming Authority's $485 million financing for its casino in La Center, a cautionary rating that takes into account potential risks involved in debt-financed casino projects by Native American tribal organizations. Read story

Kimberly Quigley, center, longtime Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay banquet captain, shares her feelings about the Spokane-based chain&#039;s decision not to offer severance to part-time employees who will lose their jobs after the hotel complex closes at day&#039;s end on Oct. 31. Fellow employee Cyndee Ball, right, looks on at Torque Coffee.

No severance for many as Red Lion Hotel closes

Kimberly Quigley, center, longtime Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay banquet captain, shares her feelings about the Spokane-based chain&#039;s decision not to offer severance to part-time employees who will lose their jobs after the hotel complex closes at day&#039;s end on Oct. 31. Fellow employee Cyndee Ball, right, looks on at Torque Coffee.

October 7, 2015, 6:09pm Business

The six employees of the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay who gathered last week to discuss the impending closure of the hotel-restaurant complex have served generations of local and out-of-town guests. The restaurant and bar once served as Vancouver's premiere window on the Columbia River, before it slid… Read story

Strictly Business: Sharing economy has pros and cons

October 4, 2015, 6:01am Business

My wife and I spent last weekend in a fabulous country home in Parkdale, Ore., in the upper reaches of the fruit-filled Hood River Valley. We woke to spectacular views of Mount Hood's north slope and signed off our two evenings there, under a full moon that lit the silent… Read story

In an era marked by corporate ownership of newspapers, The Columbian has remained family owned and operated under the leadership of the Campbell family for generations. From left, Ben, Will, Jody, Scott and Ross Campbell pose in The Columbian's press room.

The Columbian celebrates 125th anniversary

In an era marked by corporate ownership of newspapers, The Columbian has remained family owned and operated under the leadership of the Campbell family for generations. From left, Ben, Will, Jody, Scott and Ross Campbell pose in The Columbian's press room.

October 4, 2015, 6:00am Business

One hundred and twenty-five years ago this week, on Oct. 10, 1890, the Vancouver Columbian introduced itself to its readers for the first time. Read story