Comings and Goings: YRMC plans improvements, new stores coming
Yuma Regional Medical Center has submitted plans for interim improvements to the Emergency Department until a new department can be developed, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official.
The size of the current Emergency Department is being increased by 2,300 square feet to alleviate congestion, improve patient flow and reduce overall wait times for patients, hospital officials say. This will be accomplished by creating a new area of the Emergency Department where patients with minor illnesses can be diagnosed, treated and released, reducing their length of stay. This will also help relieve some of the congestion of the main area of the Emergency Department where those with more serious illnesses will be treated.
Construction is expected to be completed by January.
Apparently a new retailer intends to open a store at Yuma Palms Regional Center. Aeropostale has submitted plans for tenant improvements for Suite D4 in The Village area of the shopping center, Kircher reported. He said the retailer has indicated it wants to move forward quickly with construction.
Aeropostale, sometimes known as Aero, is a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for teens and young adults, according to its website.
Kircher also reported:
• Building permits have been issued for a solar photovoltaic system for AA Val-U-Stor Self Storage.
• Permits have been issued for a new 8,364-square-foot office for Dr. Peneherrera at Mission Valley Plaza, Lot No. 9. The plaza is located at the corner of 24th Street and Avenue C.
• That construction project just to the west of Love's Truck Store is for a tire repair and sales shop.
Jim DeBell, owner of DeBell Music Co., announced that he is retiring from the business that has been in his family for 49 years. He will be holding a liquidation sale that begins Monday. DeBell said he intends to close the doors by Dec. 31.
His father, Anthony “Tony” DeBell, opened the business in August 1963 with a card table and three instruments. The family-owned business eventually settled permanently in its current location when he built the store on the corner of 4th Avenue and 14th Place.
“We have been fortunate to have long-standing support from the local community and surrounding areas that allowed our family to pass on our love for music,” the younger DeBell said.
Anyone interested in assuming the business or leasing the property can stop in at 1480 S. 4th Ave. or call 782-3937 for information.
The new Taco Bell in the Foothills is now open for business and has been well received by residents in the area, the franchise owner reports. The restaurant is north of Interstate 8 off Fortuna Road.
By the way, for those who missed last week's Comings and Goings, the building going in next door to Taco Bell is for a Starbucks. It's expected to be completed next spring.
Yuma native Chef Alex Trujillo, formally of the Ironwood Steakhouse and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, has started Catering By Design.
He brings several years of experience in several cities, including Four Seasons hotels and resorts in Scottsdale, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Hawaii, to his catering business. He and his team can handle social or corporate needs from weddings and cocktail receptions to company holiday parties and five-course wine dinners. All services can be customized to meet the needs of the special occasion.
For those wanting a unique dining experience, Chef Alex has partnered with Tina Clark for private group cooking classes, “Dinner parties in the kitchen,” at Tina's Cocina in the historic St. Paul's Cultural Center.
For more information about Catering by Design, call Trujillo at 782-0063; call Clark at 210-3328 for details about the cooking classes.
Southwest Lumber and Hardware Supply announces that its contractor sales office remodeling project is complete. Manning the office at the store at 1917 S. Avenue B is Rhonda James, formerly of Yuma Industrial Supply, and Gene Sloan, formerly of O'Malleys and Goodman Distributing. They can be reached at 782-9867.
Botavia Energy LLC is a locally operated used oil recycling service provider for several industries, including agriculture, manufacturing and auto repairs shops, in the Yuma area, Imperial County and Blythe.
In today's market, used oil actually has a market value, said Josh Ramos, Yuma manager. “We can help the customer by paying for the oil and help them be in environmental compliance at the same time.”
The business also provides labeled storage containers and will haul off drained used oil filters and spent antifreeze free of charge as part of the service. In addition, Botavia Energy offers monthly parts washer services.
The business can be reached at 246-8631.
Sisters Tricia Romant and Alicia Figueroa are co-owners of a new business in town, Table 4 Two, to provide opportunities for singles to meet others through weekly speed dating events.
Those participating will mingle at an opening mixer, then get acquainted with others during a series of five-minute “mini-dates” throughout the evening. If there was a mutual “connection” with one of the dates, contact information will be provided.
Table 4 Two venue partners are Julieanna's Patio Cafe and Yuma's Main Squeeze, where the speed dating events are scheduled. The first is set for Oct. 11.
For more information about participating, call 248-4246.
Kimmy Ngyuen, formally of Professional Nails at Southgate Mall, has closed that salon and joined the team at In Style Beauty Salon, 313 W. Catalina Drive.
She specializes in acrylic nails and relaxing pedicures and is available by appointment Mondays through Saturdays. For an appointment, call the salon at 314-3870 or her cell phone at 1-714-677-7166.
Report Comings and Goings to email@example.com or call Joyce Lobeck at 539-6853.