What business do you wish Santa would bring to Yuma?
Have a favorite store or restaurant you would like to see come to Yuma? Once again Comings and Goings is compiling a “Wish List” of businesses Yumans are hoping Santa will bring to town.
Send your suggestions by Dec. 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: There's no guarantee the wishes will come true, but we can dream.
By the way, sorry to rub salt in the wound of those who desperately want a Trader Joe's in Yuma, but that retailer is gracing another, smaller Arizona community with a store. Prescott will be getting a Trader Joe's, slated for opening in early 2012, in the Shops at Prescott Gateway.
That piece of information came from my brother-in-law, who now lives near Prescott, and confirmed in articles published by the Prescott Daily Courier.
While Prescott shoppers are looking forward to the store's opening, residents have questioned the way it came about, the newspaper reported. That's because the city of Prescott put up $2 million to purchase the site for the new shopping center. The developer in turn reached an agreement to bring in Trader Joe's as the major tenant.
Plans have been submitted for site work for a new classroom building for the Cibola High School campus, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official. He said the building will be about 13,000 square feet.
In other city of Yuma building activity, Kircher reported:
• Plans have been approved for an Alzheimer's care unit to be developed at Emerald Springs, 1475 S. 46th Ave. The plans call for remodeling the ground floor of one the existing wings into the approximately 11,000-square-foot unit.
• Plans have been submitted to construct an office for Lauris Construction, an electrical contractor, in the Curtis Industrial Park.
• A certificate of occupancy has been issued for Fast Auto Loans in the building at 770 E. 32nd St., which over the years has housed a variety of businesses, among them Alltel.
• A permit has been issued for tenant improvements for Cost Cutters in the Cielo Verde Retail Center at 32nd Street and Avenue 8E.
• Permits have been issued for a new mulitenant building to be constructed near Red Lobster at Yuma Palms Regional Center. Among the tenants will be Chipotle.
• Site work is under way and plans are in review for a new home for Yuma Gastro on the vacant parcel next to Inca Lanes on 16th Street.
Century 21 Action Group has bought out Century 21 Osborne Realty, confirmed Judy McCrory, broker and owner of Century 21 Action Group. The Century 21 Osborne Realty office at 2603 S. 4th Ave. will be closed and the agents and staff are being moved to the Century 21 Action Group office at 394 E. 16th St.
The Century 21 Osborne Realty office in the Foothills at 11279 S. Glenwood Ave. will remain open under McCrory's ownership.
McCrory said she understood the owners for Century 21 Osborne Realty, who have offices in other communities, wanted to cut back on their traveling.
Yuma Sleep Associates, 2299 S. Elks Lane, met all the necessary standards to be awarded national accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The sleep center can be reached at 344-0810.
SunnySide Cabinets and Construction is now located at 4775 E. 30th Place in a larger facility, said Steve Pino of the family-owned contracting business. The store can still be reached at 785-2285.
Incorporated in 2006, the business provides residential and commercial remodeling, flood and fire restoration and other improvements as well as custom cabinets.
Honey Couture, a women's clothing store with shoes and accessories, is open for business at 105 E. 24th St. It is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The new store is owned by Sandy Orta-Armenta and daughter Kassie Beltan. They can be reached at 247-4914 or 446-6628.
Nicole Lasley is starting a new business in the Yuma area called Baby Signs® Program by Nicole Lasley.
The business provides workshops to teach parents and caregivers how to communicate with their infants and toddlers. In addition, classes are offered during which parents and babies enjoy six weeks of signing, singing and dancing activities that highlight important developmental skills. Both workshops and classes include Baby Signs® kits.
For more information, Lasley can be reached at 1-361-510-3859.
Adriana Ornelas, a hairstylist for 14 years in Yuma, has left Diva's Hair Studio and is now working at Splash Salon, 1700 S. 1st Ave., Suite 208. She provides hair services and facial waxing and can be reached at 1-831-214-1314.
Sundt Construction Inc. was recently awarded the contract to build an extensive pilot training facility, complete with 12 Joint Strike Fighter simulators, at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
The $18.4 million federal construction project is only the second endeavor of its kind to be constructed in the U.S.
Each JSF simulator will feature the capabilities of an F-35B aircraft, complete with vertical standing takeoff and landing functionality. Six of the simulators will also have full-mission capabilities, which will allow pilots to gain extensive in-flight training while saving on fuel costs. The remaining six simulators will be deployable mission rehearsal trainers.
The project is scheduled for completion in August 2012.
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