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Yakima business expands

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YAKIMA--One local business turns an eyesore into an expansion.

The Village Shoppes on Fruitvale Boulevard unveiled their new garden center Saturday.  Hundreds of people came by to check out the store.

The building used to be a motel but had been vacant and run-down for years.

Now it's totally remodeled and helping improve Fruitvale Boulevard's image.

"We wanted to preserve it as we have with the rest of the buildings here," Village Shoppes manager Donna Markley said.  "Come in and make it a functioning part of the business and make the areas a lot nicer out here too."

Village Shoppes' original building used to be a gas station.

Despite what's been a down economy for the past couple years, Markley said their business was plenty strong enough to expand.