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Dooger's, Wendy's and more business news

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Dooger’s Seafood and Grill announced on its Facebook page this week that it plans to close its popular restaurant in Youngs Bay Plaza.

The final day of operation is May 27.

The restaurant has teetered on closure several times since opening in 2004. Another restaurant in the chain closed in Cannon Beach in 2012, leaving two Dooger’s left, one in Seaside and one in Long Beach, Wash.

The Warrenton restaurant’s manager, Brad Campbell of Hammond, died in September.

Wendy’s Restaurant has announced its ribbon cutting will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The long-anticipated hamburger joint expects up to 170 transactions per hour at its 2,400-square-foot restaurant in the Warrenton Highlands shopping center.

The owner of a Nicaraguan food cart has asked the city to allow him to operate in the vacant lot between City Hall and what will become the new Arnie’s Café in downtown Warrenton.

“I’m a big fan of food carts,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said. When he’d heard the man was looking for a place to locate, he suggested Warrenton instead of Astoria, which has many food carts.

“Food sources feed off other food sources,” Commissioner Rick Newton said.

“Food carts seem to be a little more pedestrian friendly,” which fits in nicely with improvements the city is trying to make downtown, Commissioner Pam Ackley said.

She made a motion Tuesday night to have city staff enter into lease negotiations with the food vendor.

The county granted Columbia Memorial Hospital an extension this week on its due diligence period for 7.7 acres of land in the North Coast Business Park.

The hospital plans to build a neighborhood clinic and eventually move its clinic from the Warrenton Highlands shopping center.

The hospital offered to purchase the property for $463,200, or $60,000 per acre. The closing date was to have been March 31, but has been extended until June 30.

The hospital is working with the city of Warrenton regarding its intended use complies with the property’s current industrial zoning.

Fibre Federal Credit Union, which announced in October that it planned to open a 3,250-square-foot branch next to Walmart, is seeking a branch manager and support staff.

The company purchased the 1.12-acre parcel for a TLC branch last year for $878,169.

TLC is a division of Fibre Federal, which is based in Longview, Wash.

The branch will have a two-lane remote-view drive-up, a drive-up automatic teller machine and an open “teller pod” layout. It’s expected to open later this year.

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