Selah will have a new grocery store come Sept. 12 when the Grocery Outlet opens.

The Grocery Outlet, whose locations are locally owned and operated, has been expanding; 30 stores are expected to open this year. A Grocery Outlet opened in Sunnyside earlier this year. The chain is known for offering food items for up to 40 to 70 percent off.

The Selah Grocery Outlet, which is located in part of the former Selah Save-On-Foods space, will be owned and operated by Chris and Aubree Cherry. Both worked in retail, most recently in a Dollar Tree store in the Seattle area. While working at Dollar Tree, they became acquainted with the owner of the Grocery Outlet store next door.

Owning a business and cultivating a staff their way was appealing for the couple, Chris Cherry said. “Being able to pay people their worth and work with them to form a solid team, that’s something we would like to have,” he said.

When the Selah store at 800 N. Park Center came open for ownership, the couple applied and got approval to own and operate the store.

The couple are in the process of hiring 35 employees. Hiring fairs will be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12-13 at Nana Kate’s, 432 E. Goodlander Road. Applications are also being accepted through the Grocery Outlet website and by email at

Dairy Queen coming to Union Gap

Construction of a new Dairy Queen location has started in recent months at the southwest corner of West Valley Mall Boulevard and Longfibre Road, right in front of WinCo Foods and next to the Sherwin-Williams paint store.

The location has been in the works for several years. The property was purchased by JT Enterprises Inc. back in 2015. Ken Josan, who owns a Dairy Queen location in downtown Yakima and an independent Italian restaurant, Valley Italian and Pasta in Union Gap, is one of the principals of the company.

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