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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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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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A Sneak Peek Inside The New Everett Mall Way Walmart

August 25, 2014


Everett Wal-Mart

The new Wal-Mart is set to open sometime between September 5th and 15th.

This morning was treated to a sneak peek inside the new Walmart store at the site of the old Top Foods on Everett Mall Way. The store is slated to open sometime between the 5th and 15th of September with the exact date still to be announced. We first revealed in October of 2011 that Walmart had purchased the former Top Foods location and was holding it for future development.

Chris Johnson

This is the second new store to be opened by Chris Johnson.

In May we introduced you to Chris Johnson who is the manager opening this location as he began the hiring process for this store. That process continues as they are near their target of 200 employees. Johnson says they continue to hire both for now as well as the upcoming holiday season. Here are a few details about the new store.

This location is only 90,000 square feet where the average Walmart is closer to 160,000 square feet.

There will be about 200 store employees and a dozen members on the management staff.

Interest in employment has been high with more than 500 applicants for the 200 jobs.

The pharmacy sign out front is covered up until the store is actually open. Johnson says they aren’t allowed to display the pharmacy sign until people can actually shop there.

The store will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The freezer cases are energy-efficient with lights that dim if no one is in the aisle in front of the case.

Departments include an expanded Deli, Grocery, Bakery, Produce, Jewelry, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Automotive, Garden Center and Apparel. They will also feature a ship to store area where you can shop online and pick up your purchase at the store.

Johnson says the store is looking to partner to support local community groups with small donations at the store level and grants for larger community efforts through the Walmart Foundation.

Here are a few more pictures from inside the store…


Walmart employees do the “Walmart Cheer” at their daily meeting.


The lights in the freezer cases dim to save energy when no one is in the aisle.


Employees are busy assembling displays as opening day nears.

back room

A rarely seen look into the back room.

online ordering

You’ll be able to order online and pick up your purchase at the store.


There are 11 main check out lanes


When the plastic is punched out to make the flowers, It’s recycled to make another sign.

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Deadline Looms To Apply For Entry Level Police Officer Positions in Everett, WA

August 13, 2014

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EPD patch

The Everett Police Department has a history of promoting from within all the way to Chief.

If you know of someone who is looking to work as a police officer in Everett, the deadline for entry-level applicants is this Friday afternoon. Here are the details if you know someone interested in applying…

$5064/month First Year (Plus Benefits)
$5545/month Second Year and $6636/month Third Year

This is an entry-level Civil Service class involving supervised training and exercise of routine duties associated with the protection of life and property by enforcement of state and municipal codes, regulations, and ordinances.  The positions are located at the Everett City Hall and one or more positions will generally occur each year.  The Civil Service eligibility register for this position is subject to continuous modification as a result of the open/continuous nature of the process; however, scores earned as a result of this screening process are valid for twelve (12) months after certification by the Civil Service Commission.  Union membership is required within thirty (30) days of employment.  In addition, entry into this classification through an open/competitive basis is subject to an eighteen (18) month probationary period.  Employment in this class requires compliance with all department fitness standards and requirements as well as a satisfactory background check, FBI record check, polygraph (lie detector) exam, and psychological evaluation.  Hiring offers are contingent upon successful completion of a City-paid LEOFF medical evaluation and medical history review, which may include back x-rays and will include drug screening.

Work of this class involves assistance in foot, bicycle or automobile patrol of designated City areas to investigate, deter and discover possible violations of criminal and vehicle traffic laws, codes and/or ordinances; supervised responses to calls, complaints or reports of the actual, possible or potential occurrence of criminal activity; administration of immediate assistance to citizens in critical and/or emergency situations where the security of lives and/or property may be endangered.  The activities are generally performed under the immediate supervision of an assigned field-training officer (FTO).  In addition, all work must be performed in accordance with all currently applicable department rules, policies and procedures.  Employees may be directed to engage in specialized assignments according to abilities and knowledge developed during the initial training period.  Work of this class is subject to continual review by direct inspection, written report and/or oral discussion for accuracy and conformance to instructions as well as established policies and procedures.

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are considered essential functions and are critical to successful performance in these positions:

Skill and Ability to:
• Maintain amicable relations with the public.
• Demonstrate appropriate police/community attitudes.
• Exercise judgment under stress.
• Work cooperatively with a variety of individuals.
• Understand and follow complex oral and written instructions.
• Solve problems using deductive reasoning.
• Work variable shifts, up to twelve (12) hours including night, weekend, and legal holiday hours.
• Support diversity and multicultural understanding in the workplace.
• Maintain physical fitness in accordance with current department standards.


1) Excellent physical condition.
2) U.S. Citizenship.
3) Attainment of the age twenty-one (21) years on or before August 15, 2014.
4) Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver license within 30 days of hire and the ability to maintain it for the duration of employment.
5) Not on the current eligible register for Police Officer Entry-Level, per Civil Service Rule 2.12.
6) Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.


> Tentative test dates:  Written Exam – August 26; Physical Agility Test – September 13; Orals – September 15 & 16 <

Applications will be accepted on a continuing basis from the date that this examination process opens.  All applications will be held and a review of applications will occur prior to administration of the examination series (examination series are conducted at approximately six-month intervals – note: this application window ends August 15, 2014).  A notice will be mailed to all qualified applicants regarding scheduling of a written examination, weighted 50% (pass score 70.00 and above).  The top-qualifying candidates (the amount will be determined by anticipated hiring needs) will then be called to a physical agility evaluation.  This multi-dimensional process will be designed to test for minimum levels of endurance, strength, and flexibility and will be rated pass/fail only.  Applicants who satisfactorily complete the first two parts of the process will be called to an oral panel evaluation, weighted 50% (pass score 70.00 and above).  Only those applicants who are called to and satisfactorily complete all three portions of the screening process (a passing score on all three parts is required) will be placed on the proposed eligibility roster.  All portions of the process are designed to sample and measure the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Additional screening prior to appointment to the Police Officer (Entry-Level) position includes an employment and general background investigation as well as medical, drug testing, psychological and polygraph examinations.

All applicants will be required to complete and submit the standard City of Everett employment application. Application materials may be obtained from the City of Everett Human Resources Department located at 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 5A, Everett, WA 98201; Phone (425) 257-8768 or Toll Free (800) 458-7630; or by accessing must be received by Friday, August 15, 2014, to be included in this examination series.  Subsequent examination series will be conducted at approximate six-month intervals.  FAXED or EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Note:  All requirements must be met by the application closing date.
FILING CLOSES:  August 15, 2014

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Robots To Replace Hand Drilling on Boeing 777 Assembly Line in Everett

July 14, 2014


Boeing Everett plant

Robots will be taking over a lot of the drilling work on the 777 line in Everett.

Just got a press release from Boeing that says automation will be replacing the work people do on drilling of fuselage sections at the 777 assembly line in Everett…

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it is in the final phases of testing and production readiness of a new method for building 777 fuselages as part of its ongoing technology investment strategy.

Known as the Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, this Advanced Manufacturing technology improves workplace safety and increases product quality. This technology has been in development by Boeing since 2012.

With this new technology, fuselage sections will be built using automated, guided robots that will fasten the panels of the fuselage together, drilling and filling the more than approximately 60,000 fasteners that are today installed by hand.

FAUB offers numerous benefits including an improvement in employee safety. The nature of the drilling and filling work makes it ideal for an automated solution. More than half of all injuries on the 777 program have occurred during the phase of production that is being automated. In addition, the automated system is expected to reduce build times and improve first-time quality of the build process.

“This is the first time such technology will be used by Boeing to manufacture widebody commercial airplanes and the 777 program is leading the way,” said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 777 program and Everett site, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re excited to continue improving the production process here and we’re positioning ourselves to begin building 777X airplanes in the future.”

The 777 program has already begun testing FAUB at a facility in Anacortes, Wash. Production readiness preparations are underway and the system will be installed in Everett in a new portion of the main factory that is under construction now. The technology is expected to be implemented in the next few years.

The robotic system, designed for Boeing by KUKA Systems, is the latest in a series of strategic Advanced Manufacturing moves on the 777 program, which have already included new systems for painting wings and other drilling operations.

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Paine Field in Everett, WA Looking For New Airport Director

June 15, 2014


Paine Field in Everett, WA

Paine Field is looking for a new airport director

They posted the job opening last Sunday and over the course of the week Dave Waggoner has let it be known he’s leaving the director’s job at Paine Field in Everett, WA. If you’re thinking of applying, the job pays between $110 – $155 thousand dollars a year. Here’s the description of what the Snohomish County Executive is looking for…

Snohomish County Airport – Paine Field is a major general aviation and industrial airport with a stable and diverse tenant base. Snohomish County is twelve miles north of Seattle, Washington, and is located between the sparkling waters of Puget Sound and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. The quality of life is heavily influenced by the spectacular scenery and the temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor fun. The county has major urban centers, historic villages, rural retreats and seaside ports. With a population of approximately 730,000, it is one of the largest and fastest growing counties in Washington. Everett is home to Paine Field and is the largest city in the county with a population of over 100,000. 

Paine Field has three runways accommodating aircraft up to a 747, and has Cat 1 ILS, FAR Part 139 certification and full FBO services. Paine Field is served by a FAA Air Traffic Control Tower and has precision and non-precision instrument approaches. The airport is home to the Boeing manufacturing plant for 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft, as well as Aviation Technical Services, the largest third-party aircraft inspection and repair facility in North America.

Reporting to the County Executive Director, the Airport Director plans, coordinates, supervises and manages the operation, maintenance and development of the county aviation facility located at Paine Field. There are 50 FTEs plus seasonal employees. The annual operating budget is $18 million/year. Capital budgets vary with projects and have been as large as $50 million/year.

A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or other field directly related to airport management and 6 years of management experience in aviation or public facilities. Or, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. 

Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. First review: July 13, 2014 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at click on “Submit Your Application” and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.



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$15.00 an Hour Road Trip for Healthcare Workers Stops in Everett

June 10, 2014

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$15 hour rally in Everett, WA

After a box lunch from Panera the workers who rode the bus up from Seattle were joined by others in Everett to rally for $15.00 an hour.

At noon today about 55 health care workers who are on a trek across Washington State held a rally in the courtyard next to the Snohomish County Administration Building in downtown Everett. They were joined by State Senator John McCoy. The rally sponsored by SEIU 775 is pushing for all long-term care workers including those who provide home health care to be paid a minimum of $15.00 an hour. The attached press release explains their cause…

A week after the Seattle City Council passed a historically high $15 minimum wage, home care aides and nursing home workers are touring the state to ask state lawmakers for a pathway to a $15 wage.

“If Seattle can do it, Washington can pass a $15 wage for caregivers. We take care of the state’s most vulnerable people and we still live in poverty,” said Anna Rudova, a caregiver from Edmonds and a member of SEIU 775, the caregivers’ union. “Each day I do hard work to help my client live at home with dignity. But until I get paid $15, I won’t feel like I have dignity as a caregiver.”

Home care aides are among the fastest growing professions in the United State. Yet most Washington caregivers earn a $10.50 starting wage. The low wage results in about a third of the state’s 40,000 caregivers living in poverty, according to state statistics.

Although some caregivers in Seattle can expect a $15 wage in seven years – as mandated under the city’s new law – most caregivers in Washington must rely on a state contract to raise wages.

Independent providers of home care, workers who are paid through the Medicaid system, make up the majority of the state’s long-term care workforce. They collectively bargain with the state every two years. The most recent contract, signed by Gov. Inslee in 2013, starts at $10.50. Union members and state labor negotiators began last month to negotiate a new contract.

“We must prepare now for the coming age wave,” Rudova said. “Only when we all start at $15 will we be able to attract enough workers to care for the growing number of seniors.”

One in five Washington residents will be 65 or older by 2030, according to demographic trends. And about 70 percent of people over 65 will require long-term care at some point, studies show.

Home and community-based long-term care costs the state about one-third of institutional care, making investments in home care aides both a way to provide more compassionate care for seniors and people with disabilities and save the state money.

Higher minimum wages also helps fuel local economies. When workers get paid more, they buy more from small businesses, economists say.

The three-day bus tour is scheduled to start in Seattle on Tuesday, June 10, before making stops in Everett and Tri-Cities, and ending in Spokane. About 60 low-wage workers are making the 400-mile trek.

Each stop is featuring a rally and demonstrations of the hard work caregivers perform each day for their clients.

SEIU 775 represents 43,000 long-term care workers in Washington and Montana

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