New life for the Chinook Center in Naches

NACHES, Wash. -- New life for a business forced to close. The Chinook Center in Naches reopened earlier in March. It was shut down in 2009 because it wasn't up to code.

It's a taste of tradition that Naches was glad to have back. A restaurant, a gas station, and a mini-mart were all at your convenience. Jack Carr said he'll have everything he needs when he passes through.

"What's special about it is the fact that it's got a little bit of everything in here," said Jack.

The Chinook Center is also looking to add a store for hunting accessories. A lot of folks use Highway 12 to get to the White Pass or Mount Rainier. Bob said it'll draw a lot of customers.

"Being on a highway like this, there's a lot of traffic, a lot of people coming through," said Bob.

And helping the local economy was just another upside. Ronald Mitchell, owner of Drift Inn said the new center will also help with employment.

"Between this location and the one next door, we can employ probably 30 people throughout the course of the summer," said Ronald.

"Especially now that summers coming here, this place will be packed so it's got to help the local economy a lot," said Jack.

Business owners KIMA spoke with said there's plans to expand the mini-mart to a grocery store. And after nearly a year to re-model the whole place, it's a dream that's finally come true.

Customers like Bob can now enjoy a nice meal during his lunch break.

"I'm really happy that they re-opened," said Bob. "I've been over here 15 years and this has always been my favorite spot."

Whether you need to fill up your tank or grab a candy bar here, you'll now have the option to do so. A grand opening ceremony for the Chinook Center is scheduled for Monday.