Comings and Goings: Yuma Veterans Center now open [The Sun, Yuma, Ariz.]
(Sun (Yuma, AZ) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) April 22--The Yuma Veterans Center is now settled into its new home and again open to provide a variety of counseling services to veterans.
The center is now located at 1450 E. 16th St. in the new office building next to Ninja Sushi. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and can be reached at 271-8700.
The center provides individual, marriage and family counseling; group therapy; and combat veterans support groups as well as other resources for veterans.
In March, the center moved from its previous location in the shopping center across from the main gate at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
There are some big changes coming to the Lane Building in downtown Yuma at the corner of 3rd Street and Main Street, confirmed property owner Chet Lane. Mementos, formerly located at 281 S. Main St., has closed its doors and two other tenants will soon be gone.
One of them, Twigs Gift, Garden and Gourmet, a longtime shop at 299 S. Main St., will be closing and is currently trying to sell off inventory and fixtures. Store management couldn't be reached for comment, but Lane said the store probably will be closed by the end of April. As far as he knows, it will not be relocating elsewhere. The store had been purchased in 2007 by Rob and Monica Tuggle.
Meanwhile, Wild Imagination Pottery Studio, located around the corner at 102 E. 3rd St., has given notice and will be relocating, confirmed owner Kathy Stutzman. "It's just not set in stone yet" where to. She said her lease is up the end of May.
Between Twigs closing and the studio moving, that will leave 6,000 square feet of contiguous, ground floor vacant space that Lane intends to convert into an office complex. He expects to have it finished by late fall. For leasing information, he can be reached at 329-4500.
Good news for the region: The Yuma and El Centro Best Buy stores were not on the list of stores the company announced last week that it plans to close
The retailer on April 14 announced the locations of 50 stores it is closing this year as the struggling electronics chain shifts away from the big-box formula. As part of the plan, the company will open new, smaller stores focused on selling mobile phones and tablets.
Two Arizona stores are on the closure list: one on Happy Valley Road in Peoria and the Casa Grande store. In February, it closed the Scottsdale store.
In other good news, Yuma's Sears store is not on the list of stores that Sears Holdings Corporation has sold. The company announced last week that it had completed the sale of 11 Sears full-line store locations to General Growth Properties for $270 million. No stores in Arizona or California were on the list.
The new dental office of Dr. Alex Freeman, D.M.D., is now open and accepting patients ages 8 and up for general dentistry and orthodontics (braces).
The office, in the ProMed building at 2270 S. Ridgeview Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays as well as two Saturdays a month. It can be reached at 919-7332. Discounts are offered for patients without insurance.
Freeman graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is the brother of Yuma physician Dr. Mitch Freeman.
Pilkington Commercial Construction has been awarded the contract to be the construction manager-at-risk for Arizona Western College's Wellton Learning Center. It is a $1.8 million project.
Leo Pilkington said the 6,700-square-foot building will be located on a 1.4-acre parcel of land at the corner of County 12th Street and Avenue 29E south of the Coyote Wash Golf Course. He expects to start work in a couple of weeks; the project is scheduled for completion by October.
The building was designed by Patterson-Thompson Architects and will have many of the same architectural features as the math and English labs recently completed on the AWC main campus by Pilkington and Patterson-Thompson.
Bubba's BBQ, 2497 S. 4th Ave., is once again open for business after being closed for renovations and remodeling, reported Steve Prendergast, one of the restaurant's managers. The restaurant is now open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. It can be reached at 317-1030.
Desert Dug's Pizza that had been located in Coyote Wash shopping center in Wellton has closed its doors. Property management reported that the business apparently was abandoned by the owner.
Kristan Sheppeard and Susan Sternitzke have started Limelight Creative Group, a new marketing and public relations company that specializes in custom marketing campaigns, grassroots promotions and leveraging media.
Sternitzke and Sheppeard both left their full-time positions at the Yuma Visitors Bureau to start the marketing firm but continue to work with the agency to further its agritourism programs and marketing efforts.
For more information, call Sheppeard at 246-9108 or Sternitzke at 246-9255.
The city of Yuma's sales tax revenue is up for March by 5 percent, making year-to-date collections up by 3.7 percent, reported city officials. Of the March collections, retail is up 1.5 percent while construction is up more than 100 percent for the month and now 32 percent for the year.
While that's good news, the increase for construction sales tax revenue is not the largest section for city's collections. And it's likely a temporary boost due to the federal courthouse project and the building activity at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma as it prepares for the arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Report Comings and Goings to email@example.com or call Joyce Lobeck at 539-6853.
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