Beauty college to get $1.5M facelift in Richland

PASCO — The new owners of Clare's Beauty College in Pasco plan to move the school to a new $1.5 million building in Richland.

The cosmetology school will be housed in a new 11,000-square-foot facility near Dairy Queen and Gesa Credit Union on Gage Boulevard.

It's more centrally located than in Pasco and will have more room, said Alan Hatch of Phoenix, who along with many partners purchased the business earlier this year.

The move will help the college to better serve the community, he said. And depending on student enrollment, the college may hire more teachers in the future, he said.

Clare's Beauty College has been operating in the Tri-Cities area for more than 30 years.

Hatch said he and the other owners decided to expand the business because of the Tri-Cities' growth potential.

"The local economy is growing," he said.

Ground breaking for the new building is planned for May 10, said Douglas Gunther, owner of Kennewick-based G2 Construction, the contractor on the project. He hopes to have the building finished by mid-November, he said.

The facility will have a stucco exterior, said Michael Cartwright, construction manager for the college.

The single-story building is designed by Meier Architecture-Engineering of Kennewick, he said.

"We are hiring locally for the project," he said.