Opening week: New Union Gap businesses bring hundreds of jobs

Opening week: New Union Gap businesses bring hundreds of jobs »Play Video
UNION GAP, Wash. -- It's a big week for Union Gap's economy as three businesses bringing hundreds of jobs open their doors.

The new Twigs Bistro and Martini bar stands out at the Valley Mall.

It offers more than signature martinis or happy hour specials; the restaurant brings 65 jobs to the Yakima Valley.

"It just felt like it was a really good fit for us," said Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Director of Operations Trevor Blackwell. "And, there wasn't a lot of options like Twigs here in Yakima."

Twigs is one of three new businesses to the area.

A new Jcpenney opened its doors Sunday, adding 65,000 square feet of shopping to the Valley, and 115 Jobs.

Shoppers stopping by say the new business is more than welcome.

"I think it's wonderful," said shopper Laurie Armstrong.

"Jcpenney went out just before we moved over here and that's the one thing I really missed," said shopper Barbara Wilson.

Next door, a Cabela's Outpost will open Thursday bringing 90 more jobs.

All three businesses together are putting almost 300 people to work.

Union Gap expects to see it payoff in more sales tax revenue. It makes up most of the city's general fund, which has felt the effects of the slow economy.

KIMA asked, "What does it mean for Union Gap or the Valley as a whole to have these big businesses coming in?"

"Well... the big thing I've noticed, is we're getting to that diverse enough retail, that I think we'll see less people travelling out of the valley to shop," said Union Gap Development Coordinator David Spurlock.

"This is convenient," said Armstrong. "To just drive off the freeway and more places to shop makes it a better route for me."

City leaders say it will take a couple months to determine what it will mean for sales taxes.

Right now, people are wasting no time dropping a few dollars.

Cabela's opens 11 a.m. Thursday.

Jcpenney will hold an official grand opening ceremony on Friday.