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Tremper family does it again, making major business investment in Midtown Missoula

Brahm Buck

For Missoula’s Tremper family, business is a way of life, no matter the market challenges. Determination has persisted for three generations, and shows no sign of slowing down.

Trempers Shopping Center has been a business landmark for more than 60-years, adapting and changing, including a major upgrade following the Great Recession. Now, the family is wrapping up another step forward, completing the removal of four failing buildings and construction of the new “Kent Plaza”.

“It’s something that we had been thinking about for quite a while,” explains Debbie Williams. “But it needed so much help we had to decide if

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Stores drop masks for fully vaccinated after CDC says no masks indoors

Brahm Buck

A day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new masking guidelines, retailers started announcing changes to mask policies for fully vaccinated customers.

Trader Joe’sWalmartSam’s ClubCostco and Publix were the first to confirm updates to mask requirements, leading the way for mask-free shopping except where required by state or local mandate. In some cases, vaccinated store employees can also go to work without a mask.

Many retailers, including Apple, Target, CVS and Walgreens, say they are still evaluating the CDC guidance but say they could update policies.

Publix’s mask update

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Lewiston Tops adding a Starbucks; now featuring Boar’s Head

Brahm Buck

Fri, May 14th 2021 11:25 am

By Joshua Maloni

GM/Managing Editor

Since 1964, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops has been the River Region’s go-to source for groceries and everything chefs need for home-cooked meals.

This fall, it will become the go-to place for America’s No. 1 coffee company: Starbucks.

“Sometime in the third quarter – close to September – we will have a full-service Starbucks located inside our store,” owner Anthony DiMino said.

The Starbucks serving area will be located upfront, next to the U-Scan self-checkout lanes.

“It’s similar to Target, which is a full-service Starbucks in their store,” DiMino said. “We’ll

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As Oregon’s mask mandate ends, it’s up to each business to chart what’s next

Brahm Buck

Oregon public health officials are providing more details on this week’s announcement that fully vaccinated people will be allowed to go without masks in most situations. Gov. Kate Brown announced Oregon’s decision to relax mask mandates Thursday, shortly after guidance was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a press conference Friday morning, state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said the decision gives Oregonians two choices: either get vaccinated, or continue wearing face coverings and following physical distancing.

A similar choice faces Oregon businesses, Sidelinger suggested. But restaurants and retail shops that want to allow people who’ve been

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Target pulls Pokemon, sports trading cards, will be sold online

Brahm Buck

A national pause of the sale of trading cards at Target comes days after a fight over sports trading cards at a Target store in Brookfield. 

The fight, on May 7 at Target, 12725 W. Bluemound Road, came after four men assaulted another man after he walked out of the store.

Brookfield police said the fight “stemmed from a disagreement involving the purchase/possession of sports trading cards obtained from Target.” 

Now shoppers at Target won’t find much on the shelves when it comes to trading cards. 

“The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority,” Target

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