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Papa Murphy : Everyday Business | Follow Papa to new pizza location

10/05/2015 | 03:23pm US/Eastern

Oct. 05--Take note, pizza lovers. The Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza outlet in Wenatchee is making its move this week to a spankin' new location.

Richard and Sharon McDonald, co-owners with daughter Shannon Seaford, said that -- if all goes according to plan -- the pizza joint will close up its current space at Fifth Street Center (also home to Tastebuds and Garlini's Napoletana) beginning Tuesday and reopen in its new stand-alone restaurant on Friday.

The new 2,500-square-foot Papa Murphy's has been built on the site of the old Sunny's Market at 706 N. Miller St., which is about 100 feet north of the Wenatchee Safeway. The new restaurant will have a drive-through window for speedy pizza pickup.

Need more info? Call 664-7272 or visit wa.wenatchee.papamurphys.com.

Smith taking development skills to Yakima County

Even if you haven't heard of Jonathan Smith, the whiz-kid executive director of the Grant County Economic Development Council, you might catch his name in the media in coming months.

The 36-year-old Smith, who joined the EDC back in 2005 and became its head honcho in 2012, will depart the organization on Oct. 21 to lead New Vision, the development agency for Yakima County.

Clearly, folks in Yakima County are impressed with Smith. Among other projects, he's credited with helping attract to Grant County eight companies that have invested $1 billion and created 500 full-time jobs. And he also helped secure $25 million to build water, electrical, fiber optic and road systems for new facilities in Quincy and Moses Lake.

OK, we're impressed, too. From a reporter's standpoint, the best things about Smith were his accessibility and clarity. He was usually available by phone and had a real knack for simplifying details of data centers, carbon fiber manufacturing and french-fry processing.

This promotion is a big step for Smith. New Vision isn't kidding around when it comes to attracting development to Yakima County, so he'll have his hands full guiding an agency that in the last 28 years has brought in hundreds of millions in investment dollars and thousands of jobs.

We wish him luck. And we may still call him from time to time to explain the process for making crinkle-cut fries.

Chinese importers to get taste of local apple, pear industries

We should all practice our basic Mandarin greetings ("Ni hao" means hello) in preparation for the arrival this week of nine Chinese fruit importers who'll visit here to learn more about our apple and pear industries.

Sponsored by the Washington Apple Commission and Northwest Pear Bureau, the trade mission will bring buyers from major importing companies in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Dalian to view central Washington growing and shipping operations. Of course, the nine importers will also get to chat face-to-face with sales teams from local companies.

"We think China could be the third largest market for Washington apples in the near future," said commission president Todd Fryhover. In addition to hosting the local tour, the commission is also helping with in-store and digital promotions with Chinese retailers.

Much of this is happening because back in May negotiators reached an agreement to allow for all varieties of U.S. apples to be sold in China. During the 2014-15 apple season, which ended Aug. 31, about 3.1 million cartons of Washington apples -- $53 million worth -- ended up in China, according to Rebecca Lyons, the Apple Commission's international marketing director. Commission execs say they hope to expand on these shipments.

This weekly column is compiled from "Everyday Business," a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or irwin@wenatcheeworld.com.

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or irwin@wenatcheeworld.com. Read his blog Everyday Business or follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.


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