Next step to a better downtown

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima is hiring a company to try and fill empty stores. Thomas Consultants of Canada will take on the responsibility. Ten companies submitted proposals to improve downtown. Their plans would add stores and restaurants efficiently. Thomas Consultants would create the steps to bring more stores downtown.

"They've got a very beautiful historic downtown area here, you know, it's got a lot of potential, beautiful buildings," Steve Thompson, who was shopping downtown said. "They just need more to draw people here. More restaurants for sure, you know, little night clubs."

The first public meeting with the consultants will be later this month.