After a $525,000 building project, Northwest Rent to Own has relocated to a new store at 4003 E. Sprague.
The 5,600-square-foot store is more than double the size of the firm’s old location at 2711 E. Sprague.
The new facility boasts lots of hi-tech features. At the top of the list is a special audio/visual demonstration room, complete with Dolby Pro-Logic surround sound, said Corey Sanders, store manager.
“We’ve gotten to design every aspect of it from the ground up,” said Sanders. “It’s the first location that we’ve had like this.”
Sanders says he’ll hire about two more employees for the new store. Currently, Northwest Rent to Own employs about 12 people at two Spokane stores. The other store is located at 824 E. Francis on the North Side.
Northwest Rent to Own also operates in Kennewick and Yakima. A grand opening is planned at the new location Friday through Sunday.
Home Depot wants workers
Home Depot USA is looking for 150 employees for its new Valley store at 5101 E. Sprague, opening in October.
A hiring trailer set up this week in front of the store will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to acccept applications.
The company is looking for candidates with experience in remodeling, construction, home maintenance, cabinetry, home decor, carpeting and general retail.
“We’re known as a company to pay top wages for retail,” said Tom Raynor, manager of the Valley Home Depot. Starting pay is around $6.50 an hour, he said. Full-time employees also receive medical, dental and life insurance after three months. Applicants should bring a resume with references. The hiring trailer will be closed over the lunch hour.
Home Depot USA is the country’s largest home improvement retail chain, employing 115,000 people in North America. The company produces $19.5 billion in annual sales.
Valley bugs begone
Orkin Pest Control is moving its regional office from the Tri-Cities to the Valley.
The bug extermination company recently signed a lease on an 1,100-square-foot office/industrial space at 111 N. Vista.
Orkin will hire about 18 new employees for the new location, which will service Eastern Washington, northern Oregon and northwestern Montana, said Sam Gibbs, region manager.
The company tentatively plans to close the Tri-Cities offices and open in the Valley on Aug. 1.
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