The News

Deli Delicious adding Valley locations

Local sandwich chain Daeli 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.
Deli Delicious locations opened in the Save Mart shopping center at Clinton and Brawley avenues in west Fresno several weeks ago as well as downtown at 970 N. Street. The downtown restaurant hosted a grand opening celebration earlier this week, giving out sandwich vouchers and other prizes to mark the occasion.

Foundation plans new $10M ice skating arena in Fresno

The Fresno Monsters hockey team may soon have a new venue to play games when a planned 1,800-seat arena is built at the Gateway Ice Center.
But hockey is just one program proponents hope to expand when the 44,000 square-foot multi-purpose facility comes to fruition at Marks and Clinton avenues.

Corporate wellness programs gain speed

As more Americans gain insurance coverage through work, employers are increasingly turning to wellness-based incentives and other health care programs to help keep their staff healthy.
According to a 2014 study by Fidelity and National Business Group on Health, corporate employers are expected to spend an average of $594 per employee on wellness programs this year. That’s up 15 percent from the average of $521 per employee in 2013 and nearly double the amount reported in 2009.

Tulare County wells continue to go dry

Some 724 private residential wells in Tulare County have gone dry this year, says an October 21 Drought Task Force report heard by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors this week.
The pace of well failure in the county has increased this month with numbers climbing around 40 percent since the first of the month as the long hot summer has dragged on.

Group reports settlement between Westlands, U.S. over drainage

An environmental group last week released documents it contends show the federal government and Westlands Water District nearing a settlement of litigation regarding drainage problems on the Westside of the Valley.

As housing market recovers, roadblocks remain

Despite median home prices and sales of homes in the Central Valley increasing since the recession, industry experts warn that many obstacles still remain for homebuyers.
Concerns over job security and market stability are some of the main reasons we are becoming a nation of renters, said Selma Happ, senior economist with the California Association of Realtors. Happ was the keynote speaker during the 2014 Fresno Housing Market Symposium at Fresno State last week.

Sizzling market for gourmet burger chains

Two new Habit Burger Grill locations are coming to the Valley. Leases have been signed for a 2,400-square-foot location in Hanford and a 2,400-square-foot facility in Bakersfield.
The Hanford restaurant will be at the southwest corner of 12th Avenue and Lacey Boulevard in the same shopping center as Lowe’s, Target and Michael’s. The Bakersfield restaurant will be at the northwest corner of the California Avenue and Easton Drive in the same shopping center as Starplex Cinemas and Burlington Coat Factory.

Full-scale retail project slated for Madera Ranchos

The Madera County Board of Supervisors is set to vote next month on the first full-scale commercial development in the fast-growing Madera Ranchos area.
Up until now, the residential island between Highway 41 and 99 has been home to only a handful of shops and restaurants serving the community.

Hinds Hospice updating its Fresno home

Work has begun on a $250,000 remodel at the Hinds Hospice Home in Fresno. The project will bring the home up-to-date on several safety and technology issues and should be completed by January 2015.
“We need to do this in order to make sure we stay abreast of current licensing requirements,” Amy Tobin, chief executive officer of Hinds Hospice, said.

Fresno trucking firm celebrates half century

Fifty years since bringing its first load to the door, one of the Valley’s largest trucking companies still holds to its tagline “Bill Ritchie standing by” to sum up its home delivery service.
Even now with seven facilities in three states and a fleet of some 75 trucks, Ritchie Trucking of Fresno has never lost that niche, becoming the name consumers trust to haul and install all kinds of appliances to homes or businesses overnight.