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New Tri-Cities Business in a Bad Economy

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TRI-CITIES, Wash - In this economy, many companies are laying off workers and closing doors across the nation. But in the Tri-cities, some businesses are actually expanding.    

It would seem that with such harsh economic times, the risk to expand would be too great. But not so with two restaurants in the Tri-Cities. "We're just a service and we work very hard and we have a great team here and we just continue to grow on a day to day basis." Says Jim Sterling from Sterlings Casual Dining Restaurant.

 The "polished" casual dining at Sterling's restaurant in Richland has seen continued success for the past 23 years.  Sterling says he will continue to serve what he knows works at the new location in Kennewick. "The items are items that our community loves. It's comfort food for them and we will just continue to serve that comfort food to them."

Inca Corporation also added an additional restaurant on road 68 in Pasco called Hacienda Del Sol. "It's very exciting...it has been since the grand opening. We did a soft opening December 1st, and a grand opening December 13th.  People seem to respond really well." Said Ricardo G. Cruz Public Relations Director for Corporate Development.

Hacienda Del Sol will be adding some different flavors to the popular Inca menu,
and is excited about other ways the new location can help the community. "Of course with a new business venture, you do generate new jobs which is important to the people." Said Cruz.

Even the waitress I spoke with, didn't seem to be feeling the economic pinch. "Everybody tips pretty good as far as percentage-wise and I really haven't noticed a difference." Said waitress Brienne Angerman.

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce reports 365 new business memberships in 2008.

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