Yakima to get Big Lots

YAKIMA -- A Big Lots store is slated to move into Yakima's Gateway Center.

The retailer has signed a lease with owner Wallace Properties to occupy 34,410 square feet at the shopping center off Interstate 82 at North Fair Avenue.

And that's "great" news for Yakima, according to Mike Morrisette, president and CEO of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

"It means jobs," he said. "It means more traffic in the area, good traffic. I'm not talking about congestion. I'm talking about customer traffic."

According to a Monday news release from Wallace Properties, Big Lots is scheduled to open by this fall. Construction is slated to take place throughout the summer.