Comings and Goings: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs is coming to Yuma with plans to open a restaurant at 1630 S. Pacific Ave. in Yuma Plaza Shops A. The company anticipates opening in early fall.
The sandwich shop was founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Fla., by brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, who had both been firefighters. Today, it is a 618-unit casual restaurant chain with aggressive plans to expand into the northeast, central and southwest parts of the country. That includes Yuma.
Firehouse Subs reflect the founding family's decades of fire and police service with their decor and menu items such as the Hook & Ladder and New York Steamer, both named after fire trucks, and its Firehouse Chili.
In addition, through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the company provides funding, resources and support to public safety entities. To date, the foundation has donated more than $6.3 million in life-saving equipment and resources.
The Phoenix-based law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon has opened an office in Yuma to provide legal services for the Yuma area. And the firm had the perfect person to serve as the primary attorney for the new office. Shanna Bowman Orlich, now an attorney specializing in agribusinesses, grew up in Yuma with deep roots in the community.
Her parents, Neil and Beth Bowman, own and operate two well-known Yuma agribusinesses: Coronation Peak Ranches and BSN Farms. Growing up, Shanna was involved in her dad's business and also in FFA.
After earning a degree in 2003 in industrial engineering and a minor in English at Arizona State University, she attended Columbia University in New York, earning dual degrees in law and a master's of business administration in 2007. Since then, she had worked as a trader and investment analyst on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs.
Now the mother of two little girls, Shanna and her husband decided to return to Arizona and she joined Jennings, Strouss & Salmon. When the firm decided to open a Yuma office, she jumped at the opportunity to serve her hometown.
She, along with agribusiness attorney Wayne Smith, are leading the firm's efforts to assist individuals, farmers and companies in Yuma and Imperial Counties with a full range of business legal services. The office also has the resources available of the firm's 65 attorneys in its Phoenix, Peoria, Yuma and Washington, D.C., offices.
The Yuma office is located at 256 S. 2nd Ave., Suite C, and can be reached at 782-1827 or Shanna's direct line of 782-1837.
Marty La Belle has started a new business, Detail Matters, because “detailing a vehicle means more than quick wash and wipe down.” His mobile detail service will take tender loving care of your vehicle with a thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing inside and out that will improve the car's appearance and preserve its resale value.
Customers can choose from five packages for the service they want for their cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs and boats. Free estimates are provided.
La Belle can be reached at 580-2041.
By the way, if his name seems familiar, La Belle spent the last three years at Yuma Proving Ground. Before that he worked at Bobby's Territorial Harley Davidson, Wild West Motorsports and Kawasaki Suzuki of Yuma.
The city's monthly sales tax report brought better news than the previous month when there was a 7 percent drop from the same month in 2012, city officials said. In April, a total of $3.1 million in sales tax revenue was collected for the city, compared with $3 million in April 2012 for a 2.93 percent increase.
In April, construction improved, retail stayed positive and the hospitality industry saw increased activity. There was a large drop in transportation and warehousing, likely a reflection of the end of the winter produce season.
Building permits have been issued for a new Fisher GMC/Buick dealership to be built at 775 E. 32nd St., reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official.
It will be the latest of several new dealerships constructed on “dealer row” along 32nd Street in the last couple of years. The most recent one, Yuma Honda, was just completed in March
In other building activity, Kircher reported:
• A certificate of occupancy has been issued for Yuma Regional Medical Center Materials Management at 725 W. 32nd St., the former Target building purchased by the hospital for storage. The hospital is using 534,717 square feet and leasing out the remainder of the building to Convey Health Solutions for a permanent location for its call center.
• Plans have been submitted for alternations to Apostolic Assembly Church at 1451 W. 5th St.
By the way, the construction project people have been asking about on Catalina Drive near Wells Fargo Bank and Staples? It's a new medical office for Dr. Habteab Feseha. Construction is expected to be finished by fall on the new 4,300-square-foot building.
Feseha, a cardiologist whose practice is known as the Red Sea Heart Center, currently is located at 2281 W. 24th St.
Dollar General has opened its newest store in the Yuma area at 12680 S. Foothills Blvd., offering Foothills residents a convenient new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices.
For employment opportunities, visit the company's career section at www.dollargeneral.com.
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