Kenworth, Retail Center Choose Coyote Biz Park
October 2011, CUJ
MISSION – A retail center to the west and a truck parts and service company to the east are the newest tenants at Coyote Business Park on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A private developer from Pendleton, Perennial Investments, LLC, will finance construction of a building for retail development while Kenworth Sales Company plans to utilize an existing building located behind Arrowhead Travel Plaza.
Perennial Investments, LLC, (the developer who asked to remain anonymous), anticipates constructing an approximately 5,800 square foot shell building with suites available for up to four tenants. Construction could begin as early as next month and is expected to take about three months to complete.
The corporation spokesperson said Coyote Business Park is a good fit for the center (as yet to be named) and a good fit for the Tribes.
“Our first goal,” the company representative said, “is to bring something to the area that adds value to the community. Whatever we bring there should be services for Tribal members. Our second goal is to bring something that is an attraction for the casino or Arrowhead.”
The retail center will target drive-through type food businesses on either end, with value-added businesses, such as a laundry facility or bank, in the middle spots.
Restaurants on the west side of Highway 331 would better accommodate employees at Cayuse Technologies and, soon, employees at the U.S. Forest Service building, which is under construction just south of DaVita dialysis center.
The Perennial Investments representative said the prospects are exciting.
“One of the things I find different here than a development somewhere else is that here we can truly partner with the Tribes. We’ll be working together to find the best tenants for the building and promote the area.”
The Tribes growth is a story in itself, the company rep said.
“Look at the Tribes over the last 10 years. It’s a story of growth and success that should compel others to invest. I think this really rounds out what the plan is for the area.”
Although the LLC has other investments in Umatilla County, this is the first such commercial venture for Perennial Investments.
The single-story building will be the first space available for retail businesses to rent on the reservation. The developer has worked with the CTUIR Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tribal Planning Office to develop a site plan that meets the needs of the businesses locating there. The site also will provide great visibility for Highway 331 and Interstate 84 travelers.
Depending on the businesses and their hours of operation, the new development could employ many new workers on the Reservation.
The Confederated Tribes’ Board of Trustees approved the lease Sept. 12, according to CTUIR Executive Director Dave Tovey.
“This serves to start rounding out the retail side of Coyote we had envisioned and we hope this will spur similar outside investment,” Tovey said.
BOT Chairman Les Minthorn said, “This development is one of the first of many businesses we hope to have that will create employment opportunities and provide services for the Umatilla Reservation and our community members.”
Questions regarding these projects can be directed to Economic Planner Stephanie Seamans at 541-429-7479.
Kenworth Sales Company will add a new commercial truck parts and service facility in the existing yellow truck shop building behind Arrowhead Travel Plaza.
Kenworth currently operates 19 facilities in seven western states. Headquartered in Utah, Kenworth Sales will operate the business as a parts and service outlet for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks.
The 11,250 square foot facility was previously used for the same purpose and includes services bays and a parts warehouse that will be extensively renovated with completion of remodeling expected in January of 2012.
Kenworth’s selection of the site also was based on the location’s proximity to Interstate 84 and the continuing investment the Tribes have made in economic development on the Highway 331 corridor. Initially, Kenworth is expected to offer extended hours and employ approximately 30 people.
The Umatilla Tribes purchased the truck stop in 2008 with the intention of recruiting a tenant that complements Arrowhead Travel Plaza and surrounding developments. Arrowhead sells millions of gallons of diesel each year and is a routine stopping point for trucks heading east and west on Interstate 84, or north and south on Highway 11. Additionally, Coyote Business Park includes developed industrial and commercial lands fully served by roads and utility infrastructures.
“We’re looking forward to joining the community as an economic partner,” said Kenworth District Manager Ric Petersen. “We provide a premium product and superior service to the trucking industry. The Kenworth brand has been leading the industry with advanced technical designs for almost 90 years, and Kenworth Sales Company has been an authorized dealer for 66 of those years.”
The CTUIR Board of Trustees approved the lease on Sept. 12, according to Executive Director Dave Tovey.
“The purchase and development of this corridor has been important to the Umatilla Tribes since the interstate was built,” Tovey said. “The Kenworth lease fits with the goal of attracting more visitors and businesses to this interchange and diversifying the employment opportunities.”
BOT Chairman Les Minthorn said the Kenworth lease is helping the Tribes’ economic vision.
“This lease helps the Tribes diversify its workforce while creating another revenue stream for Coyote Business Park and the Tribes,” Minthorn said.
This story and photos originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.