Driving on W. Valley Mall Blvd from 16th heading towards Costco, Winco, Lowes, Bud Clary Toyota, McKinney's Auto Glass, Slow Burn, Dairy Queen, you know the location, your one-stop shop for EVERYTHING; I've seen this huge building being built at 600 W Valley Mall Blvd, and it has gone up fast, seems like overnight. My wife and I started bouncing ideas off one another to see what it would be.

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I had heard word that a Tri-Cities movie theater was looking to move into an area in Union Gap. That building would surely be big enough for it.

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My wife thought it would be some fruit warehouse. The size does make sense, but we only saw a few Semi-Truck loading areas built into the walls. So, that idea didn't seem quite right.

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Then, the fun ideas started to come into play. You know, an activity center with rock walls for falling... I mean climbing. Trampoline park, axe throwing, laser tag. Giant arcade! Strip Club! (Wife stopped me at that idea). I will say, with a 2 story-tall building, that would be one heck of a pole!


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Judging by the size, the loading dock, and the very few windows, she had the idea of an ALDI grocery store or a BJ's Wholesale Club (think of East Coast Costco). I couldn't see that being true with Costco AND a Winco right down the street. Maybe something more towards West Valley for another big store like that.


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I put on my detective hat, picked up my phone, and contacted the construction company building the structure, O'Brien Construction Co. Inc.

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Zak O'Brien (president of the company) informed me how that is a new location for Gensco. Yup, Gensco (with a location on River Road in Yakima) will be occupying this structure on Valley Mall Blvd. If you've never heard of Gensco, they're a distributor and manufacturer of HVAC systems and products. They are a business primarily in the PNW with other stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Zak said this new building will boast a 55,000-square-foot showroom, a warehouse, business offices, and training facilities.


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One aspect of this news I'm most interested in is with the new and bigger location, the hope for more job opportunities. I did not get an exact opening date, but from the pictures and knowing that winter is right around the corner, I would expect it to be sometime early next year.

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Gallery Credit: Google Maps/PNW Adventures and Yakima Valley College via YouTube

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