YAKIMA -- The red-brick, block-glass Greyhound bus depot in downtown Yakima at the corner of East Yakima Avenue and South Sixth Street closed this week.
Greyhound will move to the Arco am/pm mini-mart at 3922 Fruitvale Blvd.
Greyhound officials said the move to the 24-hour mini-mart will improve service to customers. Plus, the freeway is nearby.
The move comes eight years after declining ridership forced the bus service to discontinue many stops in small towns across the country, including Washington.
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Greyhound has been moving bus services to mini-marts, said spokesman Timothy Stokes in Cincinnati.
In Yakima, the move allows the company to shed an old building dating from the early 1950s that doesn't get much use, ending overhead and maintenance costs. The one employee left at the depot will lose his job. In exchange, the mini-mart gets a commission on ticket sales as well as increased foot traffic for its retail operation.
The Greyhound building also will be put up for sale, Stokes said.
Greyhound did away with many of the stops in smaller towns as a cost-saving measure in 2004. More than 20 stops were discontinued throughout the state.
Greyhound, based in Dallas, closed a total of 260 stops in small towns between Chicago and Seattle to cut costs and focus more on profitable lines. The closures left only 99 stops in its 13-state northern region.
Now comes the end of the Yakima depot.