Retail

Report: Hanford Costco developer delays project

John Kashian, developer of a Costco in Hanford, is reportedly delaying the project in response to the city council's approval of an nearby chemical plant expansion.The Hanford City Council has approved plans for the expansion of the Helena Chemical Co., a move which will bring the facility closer to the border of the planned Hanford Marketplace shopping center on East Lacey Boulevard. 

Footwear retailer opening first Visalia location

WSS will celebrate the opening of its first store in Visalia with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday. The footwear retailer's event will feature several community and civic leaders including Visalia's Vice Mayor Warren Gubler and members of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. 

Dickey's Barbecue opens in Fresno Nov. 20

Franchise owners Kevin and Brian Roche are opening their first Fresno Dickey's Barbecue Pit Nov. 20.Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens its first Fresno restaurant Nov. 20 with a three-day grand opening of giveaways and food deals.

Lululemon to open store in Fig Garden Village

Lululemon has signed a lease at Fig Garden Village for a 3,100 square-foot store expected to open next year. Photo by LululemonWomen's workout wear retailer Lululemon Athletica will open a store in Fresno's Fig Garden Village in summer 2015. 

Restaurateurs ponder service fees as wages rise

As minimum wage rates go up in California and across the country, local restaurant owners wonder if the Valley may be receptive to a service fee instead of tipping their servers.What if restaurants eliminated tipping in favor of charging patrons a flat service fee?
That's a question some local restaurant-owners are pondering as a way of dealing with increasing minimum wage in California.

Barnes & Noble Fresno plans holiday events

Barnes & Noble Fresno will host a three-day promotional event the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

Dollar General store being built in Fowler

A new Dollar General store is under construction in Fowler with the company anticipating a grand opening in late spring.

Deli Delicious adding Valley locations

Local sandwich chain Deli Delicious is going through a growth spurt as six new locations are opening in the Central Valley this fall and several more are expected in the first quarter of 2015.

Rack Room Shoes to open at Tulare Outlet Center

Rack Room Shoes will open a 7,000-square-foot store in the Tulare Outlet Center at 1401 Retherford St. on Wednesday. 

Fresno's Great Harvest Bread Co. for sale

Fresno's Great Harvest Bread Co. franchise is for sale.