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Quiet Grand Opening For Everett Walmart

September 10, 2014


Walmart ribbon

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick cut the grand opening ribbon for the Everett Walmart.

The new Walmart at the former Top Foods location on Everett Mall Way held its grand opening this morning. There were no big crowds lined up to get into the store and while Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was there, noticeably absent were leaders from the City of Everett. Walmart did present checks to the Everett Parks Department ($1000), Everett Police ($2500), Cocoon House ($1500), Cascade High School ($1500), Boys and Girls Club of Everett ($1500) and Northwest Harvest ($30,000). This Saturday there will be an event called “A Big Family Welcome” from 12 noon – 3:00pm where the public is invited to meet store employees, participate in family activities and get free samples from vendors. A group of protestors has also made public their plans to be at that event.

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Everett Mall Way Walmart Opens Wednesday

September 9, 2014


Everett Wal-Mart

The new Wal-Mart opens Wednesday

It’s been one of the most-asked questions over the past several months by readers of When does the Walmart open on Everett Mall Way? Here’s the answer and most anything else you may want to know about the Grand Opening direct from Walmart…

A new Walmart is opening in Everett on Wednesday, Sept. 10, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 1605 SE. Everett Mall Way and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are so proud of this new store and are excited to open our doors,” said store manager Chris Johnson. “I hope the Everett community will come out on grand-opening day to join the celebration.”

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County offered a heartfelt welcome to Everett’s new Walmart. “We are excited for the opening of the beautiful new Walmart,” said Jim Stephanson, Director of Business Development at the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. “Not only will this opening create many new jobs and expanded retail revenue for the Everett area, the leadership team at Walmart have shown themselves to be great community partners with a willingness to give back to our community in many ways already.”

The store will provide Everett residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer
Walmart’s free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online
items that can be ordered on and picked up at the Everett store for free, often as quickly as the same day.

The new store employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Chris Johnson began his Walmart career in 2001 as a cashier.

Affordable Groceries to Meet All Your Needs

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections, including breads and desserts.

In addition to groceries, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and back-to-school supplies. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Everett store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Everett residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes check presentations for grants from Walmart to local community groups, including:

  • Cocoon House, Everett- Serving Homeless Youth in Snohomish County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Everett
  • Cascade High School
  • City of Everett Parks and Recreation
  • Everett Police Department

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Washington donated approximately 10.4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 8.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $19.5 million in fiscal year 2014 in Washington alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Everett community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Sept. 13. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Johnson and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

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2 Signs For The Big Box Retail Future in Everett, WA

September 8, 2014

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After 40+ years the Everett, WA K-Mart is closed


The newest Walmart will open Wednesday morning at 8:00am across from Everett Mall.

Yesterday the K-Mart store at 79th and Evergreen Way closed after more than 40 years in business. On Wednesday the newest Walmart will open on Everett Mall Way at 8:00am. Feel free to share your thoughts on the future of retail in Everett in our comment section below.

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Classic Cars and Cannabis to Bring Thousands to Everett, WA This Weekend

September 5, 2014


Two big events in Everett this weekend as the annual Wheels on the Waterfront Car Show returns to the Port of Everett and the Cannabis Cup marijuana trade show makes its first Everett appearance at Comcast Arena.

First, Wheels on the Waterfront…

Wheels on waterfront Wheels on the Waterfront Fall Classic Car Show is an annual charity event the first weekend after Labor Day. The event benefits the Providence Foundation’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. With special support from the Port of Everett and Harbor Marine, the event showcases and awards prizes to cars in 22 different classifications. The event includes: Scuttlebutt Brewery beer garden, live music, wine tasting, food and other vendors, awards ceremony, charity drawings, as well as showcasing local car dealerships, the Port of Everett and additional area businesses.

Click here for an event flyer — Please post for community members!

Click here for a list of event sponsors

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Set-up 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Where: Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, Washington (Port of Everett Marina). Drive-thru registration at Harbor Marine, located off 10th Street, beginning at 7 a.m. Sept. 6)

Cost: FREE to visitors; $25 car pre-registration fee before Sept. 1 (includes free show t-shirt); after Sept. 1 through day of event, $30.

Entries: Classic stock and modified cars, domestic and foreign, 1900 to the present, as well as T-buckets and street rods will be featured with trophies given to the top 3 in each of the 22 judged categories. All show cars will be on concrete as Craftsman Way and surrounding marina areas will be used for the show.

Schedule of Events (Saturday, September 6):
7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Drive through registration Harbor Marine, cars placed, vendors set-up
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Jetty Island boat shuttles from the event
10 a.m. – 4p.m.: Cars on display, vendors open for business (official judging 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Roaming microphone, sponsor, vendor, car participant’s recognition, and People’s Choice voting by car show entrants, “Show-n-Shine” time
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Scuttlebutt beer garden, wine tasting, Bluewater Distillery tours Noon – 1 p.m.: “Live” national radio broadcast – KRKO with Jeff Shade
1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Special recognition and acknowledgements
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Providence Foundation speakers share about the charity and cause
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Trophy award winners by classification and charity drawing winners announced
2:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.: “Live” music, street dance (3 – 3:15 p.m. final charity drawings/awards)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Clean-up, take down, street re-opens

Here’s What we know about the Cannabis Cup

Cannabis Cup Poster What is a Cannabis Cup?
It’s a two-day trade show/EXPO incorporating vendor booths in a main building with an extended outdoor component for additional vendor booths.

Inside booths range from glassware and clothing to grow equipment and artwork. Inside also features three seminars per day either in a sectioned off area off the main floor or in a private “theater” like setting. The seminar topics include legalization regulations featuring Northwest experts, current political issues, grow seminars with HIGH TIMES editors as well as a cooking seminar from our own Cannabis Cookbook author.

The outdoor component is typically a fenced off area with privacy screening that is not visible to the general public. Medicating (smoking) is allowed in this area for those 18+ with a picture ID. Visitors are wrist banded for entry. Security is posted to assure these regulations are followed.

No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed.

There is Saturday night entertainment typically starting @ 8PM and lasting till @ 11PM.

Either at the venue or in another venue if room does not allow.

The entire event is protected by outside hired security. Every security company we’re hired for these events has stated that we have the most polite and respectful attendees of any events they work (including sporting events, concerts etc.).

This event is a celebratory and informational gathering for vendors and patients.


Saturday, September 6th

Doors open at noon

*All seminars take place in the second floor conference room. Follow signs.

1 p.m.

“The Military Veteran and Cannabis”

Bobby Black (moderator), HIGH TIMES

Steven Jacob Lull, veteran, US Surgeon Generals Team

Dakota Blue Serna. veteran, The Green Union

Rick Rosio, Veterans for Compassionate Care

Dr. Paul Smith, physician, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.
Dr. Darryl Hudson, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.
Matt Ferris, nutritional healer
Fabian Henry, veteran, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.

2 p.m.

“The Art of Edibles”

Elise McDonough (moderator) HIGH TIMES

Marla “Molly” Poiset, Cheffettes
Kenny Morrison, Evergreen Herbal

Alison Draisin, Ettalew’s Medibles
Madhu, Siddhi Tonics

3 p.m
Nico Escondido presents “Beginner Grow Tips for Indoor Cultivation: Get Growing Now”

4 p.m. Saturday

“The New Washington Apple: Navigating i502”

Kurt Boehl (moderator), criminal defense attorney

Adam Smith, Avitas Agriculture

Michael Devlin, consumer goods professional

Lauren Downes, Herbal Nation

James Lathrop, Cannabis City

Adam Mintz, Steep Hill Halent Laboratory

5 p.m.

“The Science of Cannabis: Understanding Our Medicine”

Addison Demoura (moderator) Steep Hill Halent Lab

Kymron deCesare. Unversity of California/Davis

Dr. Benson Hausman, Elemental Wellness Center

8 p.m.

The Arena

HIGH TIMES Magazine presents The Wailers

Sunday, September 7th

Doors open at noon.

1 p.m. “Canna-business 101: How to open yours!”

Jen Bernstein (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Adam Mintz, Steep Hill Halent Laboratory
Garyn Angel, Magical Butter.
Brett Albanese (aka Bart Simpson), Cloud Penz.
Kitty Dunleavy Miller, Cannabis Farmers Markets, Kit-Tea’s herbal remedies.

2 p.m.
Russ Belville presents “The Top Ten Legalization Lies and the Sound Bites to Debunk Them”

3 p.m.

“HIGH TIMES presents Free Weed from Danny Danko”

Danny Danko (host) HIGH TIMES

K, Trichome Technologies
Michael Boutin, Cultivator

DJ Short, cultivation and breeding expert.
Scott, Rare Dankness
Matt, BC Bud Depot

4 p.m.

“The Power of Topicals”

Elise McDonough (moderator) HIGH TIMES
Ah Warner, Cannabis Basics

Trista Okel, Empower Oil
Kitty Dunlavy Miller, Cannabis Farmers Markets, Kit-Tea’s herbal remedies
Megan Schwarting, Kush Creams

5 p.m.
Jon Gettman presents: “Competition and Cannabis Markets”

7:30 p.m.
The Arena
The U.S. Cannabis Cup Awards

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Everett Area Solar Power Generation Up 50% Over Last Year

September 5, 2014


PUD solar

Snohomish PUD invites Everett residents to learn more about installing solar. Click above for a brochure.

Neil Neroutsos at Snohomish PUD tells that more people in Everett and the surrounding area are using the sun to provide power to their homes and businesses than ever before…

Customers of Snohomish County Public Utility District have hit another milestone: their combined solar energy capacity stands at 3 megawatts, up 50 percent from just one year ago. About 500 PUD customers now generate part of their electricity with photovoltaic solar units.

“We’ve seen system prices drop to about half of what they were a few years ago,” said PUD Energy Efficiency Program Manager Leslie Moynihan, who manages the utility’s solar programs. “A collection of incentives and tax breaks make solar even more attractive.”

The bulk of the small-scale solar energy production comes from customers participating in the PUD’s Solar Express program, which offers financial incentives and technical assistance for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.

For the PUD, which serves a growing area, customer-generated solar energy is a wise investment as it reduces the utility’s need to purchase new energy. Renewable energy projects, such as rooftop solar units, help customers reduce their environmental impact and utility bills.


Solar Express Incentives:

Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000. All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems. Customers also may qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives.


Solar Express is one of the ways the PUD is promoting clean, locally-generated renewable resources. For more information, including qualifications, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit


For PUD customers who don’t want to install their own solar units, they can still support solar energy through the utility’s Planet Power program. It uses voluntary customer contributions to support local solar energy projects at local schools, non-profits and public agencies. About 2,000 customers participate in the program.

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As Construction Heats Up, Cement Again Flowing Into Dome on Everett’s Waterfront

September 4, 2014


Everett dome

An increase in construction means cement is again being stored in the dome.

We often get asked about what’s in the dome on the Everett waterfront and in 2011 we did a short piece about the dome on the Everett waterfront that originally housed aluminum and was converted to store cement. Since 2009 however, the dome has been pretty empty. According to the Port of Everett, an increase in construction activity around the northwest has led to the use of the dome again and as work heats up on Pier 3, it’s good news for Everett’s economy. Here’s the update from the Port…

In August, the first cement ship since 2009 docked at Pier 3 at the Port of Everett Seaport.

The ship, carrying 32,000 tons of cement, took eight days to unload, and will be used to support construction efforts in the region. The bulk commodity was offloaded at the seaport with a vacuum and conveyor belt system. The cement is stored in a large dome that can accommodate approximately 60,000 tons of cement.

The cement is transported by Lehigh Hansen, a subsidiary of Heidelberg Cement. The company signed a 20-year lease with the Port of Everett in 2006, but only after a few shipments, the Great Recession severely limited the demand for cement in the region.

“The return of the cement shipments is a sign that we are finally on the upswing after such a long period of economic downturn,” Executive Director John Mohr said. “While the construction activity in the region hasn’t reached pre-recession levels, we are encouraged by the return of the shipments.”

The return of the cement shipments means jobs. Cement operations at the Port generate an estimated 35 jobs, many of which include members of the local Longshoremen’s Union who off-load the ships. Further, the operation generates approximately 100 additional jobs by way of truck drivers, rail operators, tug operators and ship’s crew.

The Port of Everett facility offers a prime location to supply product to Lehigh’s Pacific Northwest customers, supporting four of its distribution centers in Washington State – Bellingham, Seattle, Spokane and Pasco. In 2006, the Port Commission approved the lease with Lehigh to retrofit and use the bulk storage dome for cement. The lease resulted in more than $20 million in facility investments to add a truck loading facility, and to minimize noise and dust during unloading. The dome was previously used to store alumina ore.

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Port of Everett Promotes From Within For New CEO to Replace John Mohr

September 3, 2014


After searching the nation, the Port of Everett yesterday announced its new CEO was right in its own backyard…

Port of Everett CEO

Les Reardanz photo courtesy Port of Everett

After a nationwide search, the Port of Everett Commission has selected Les Reardanz to serve as the new CEO.

Reardanz will begin his new role at the Port on November 16. Currently, he serves as the Port’s Deputy Executive Director, the second highest staff leadership position at the Port. He oversees the Port’s environmental cleanups, public policy, communications, human resources, legal and contacting activities. In addition to his civilian duties, Reardanz is a Captain in the Naval Reserve and is the Commanding Officer, US Pacific Fleet reserve legal command that advises the Pacific Fleet and its subordinate commands.

“This is the very best decision and action not only for our community, but all of Snohomish County,” Port Commissioner Glen Bachman said.

“We have so many big projects going on, so it makes sense to bring Les on board because he has been involved with all these projects,” Port Commissioner Tom Stiger. “He also has the support of the staff, and I think that is important.”

“I was looking for a candidate that had strong leadership experience, could execute our market-ready business strategies, had good communication skills and experience in port management,” Port Commissioner Troy McClelland said. “Les had all these qualities, and I look forward to him serving as our next executive director.”

Reardanz has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Prior to coming to the Port in 2011, Reardanz served as the municipal legal advisor at the city of Bellingham. He was also the project manager for the city’s Waterfront District Development, which is a joint effort with the Port of Bellingham.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for CEO of the Port of Everett. The Port is a valuable community asset, we have an amazing Port team, and I look forward to all the great things we are going to achieve,” Reardanz said. “I also want to thank John for being such a great port mentor and friend. Through his leadership, he has set the stage for us to realize the Commission’s strategic initiatives.”

Reardanz received his B.A. in History from the University of California Davis in 1987 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1990. He is able to practice law in the states of Washington and California (inactive) and before the United States Supreme Court, as well as other various federal and military courts. He is married and has two children.

Reardanz will step in for outgoing CEO John Mohr who retires in January.

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