Kmart closing

Everything inside Jackson’s Kmart store including furniture, fixtures and equipment is on sale as the store prepares to close.

Everything inside Jackson’s Kmart store including furniture, fixtures and equipment is on sale as the store prepares to close.

Credit unions to merge

Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union, which has a branch in Jackson at 740 S. Highway 89, is growing bigger.

Members of Yellowstone Federal Credit Union voted to approve a merger with Meridian, with more than 90% in favor.

Yellowstone has $5 million in assets and 500 members, a press release said. Meridian has $420 million in assets and 28,000 members.

The Yellowstone Federal Credit Union in Yellowstone National Park will become a Meridian Trust branch.

Besides Jackson, Meridian has branches in Cheyenne, Lander and Rawlins; Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Wellington, Colorado; and PowerTrust branches in Casper and Rock Springs.

— Staff report

Driggs shop adds U-Haul

Grand Lube & Service, owned by Tyler Jones, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Driggs, Idaho, area.

Grand Lube & Service at 154 N. Main St. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes.

Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. To reserve U-Haul products call 208-354-0071 or visit TinyURL.com/vs6uhux.

With U-Haul Live Verify technology you can conduct transactions entirely on a smartphone. Create an account at UHaul.com.

— Staff report

Space questions

Kmart’s pending departure has people wondering will happen with the nearly 71,000 square feet of commercial space at 510 Highway 89.

The owner, Maury Abrams LLC in Calabasas, California, didn’t return calls for comment.

One rumor has it that a Fred Meyer store will replace Kmart. Fred Meyer stores are one-stop-shopping centers with clothing, housewares, sporting goods, toys, electronics and more. They are part of Kroger, as are two other store brands in Jackson — Lucky’s Market and Smith’s Food and Drug. That naturally leads to questions about their future.

The News&Guide reached out to Fred Meyer, Lucky’s and Smith’s to find out more information about what may be in store for Jackson.

Q: Will Jackson residents who like shopping at Fred Meyer in Idaho Falls expect to see a Fred Meyer in Jackson?

A: “At this point what you’re hearing is pure speculation,” Fred Meyer spokesman Jeffery Temple said. “We love the community and would be interested in the right opportunity.”

Fred Meyer has never had a store in Wyoming, he said.

Q: What’s the future of Lucky’s?

A: “We don’t have any plans to close our Jackson Hole store,” said Krista Torvik, communications and media relations at Lucky’s Market offices in Nowat, Colorado.

“We did make some recent changes to the format and layout of the store. We expanded our beer, wine and spirits section, and we now have more self-serve items for convenience both in our chef’s case and in our meat and seafood department.

“We also added some more traditional and conventional products to our store shelves (like Oreo cookies, Pepsi and Tide detergent) for convenience and a better one-stop-shop experience for customers.

“Essentially, we are adding more products that our customers have asked for, and we’ve worked to make it easier for customers to get in and out of the store with everything they need in less time. We’ve made these changes to help better serve the Jackson Hole community for years to come.”

Q: Is Smith’s closing or moving?

A: No response by press time.

— Staff report

Start Up Intensive invites applications

Are you starting a new business or trying to accelerate an existing one?

Central Wyoming College and Silicon Couloir invite you to apply for the spring 2020 session of the Start Up Intensive, an entrepreneurial training program.

“It’s a business bootcamp and condensed MBA program combined with extensive personal leadership development, and it’s entirely focused on each participant’s business idea and growth as a CEO,” Start Up Intensive Program Director Liza Millet said.

The Start Up Intensive will run April 7 through June 11. The 12 to 14 participants will dedicate three days a week to class time in addition to working through their ideas after hours.

The instructor will be Sandy Schultz Hessler, an entrepreneur and marketing professional who has taught at Harvard University, Tufts University and University of Miami, Ohio.

At the end of the session the participants will present their business ideas to a group of advisors. They will also receive 10 hours of follow-up consulting time with a panel of experts.

Start Up Intensive has graduated 124 participants in 6 1/2 years.

Applications are due Feb. 15. They are welcome from any location. Workforce Training Grants and financial assistance may be available, and housing can be addressed. Eighteen college credits are available from CWC.

Got to SiliconCouloir.com/startup for details and to apply. Questions? Call Millet at 917-864-9395 or email startup@siliconcouloir.com.

— Staff report

Agencies to host procurement event

A free event at Teton County Library next month offers businesses a chance to market themselves to federal agencies.

The Wyoming District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service will host the networking event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the library.

Benefits of attending: Learn about free resources to assist you in navigating the federal procurement process; meet individually with federal agencies to talk about supplies and services they buy and how they purchase them; market your product or service one-on-one to the Forest Service and National Park Service.

For information email Andrea Lewis, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, at amlewis@uwyo.edu or call 307-772-7372; or email Deb Farris, Small Business Administration, debra.farris@sba.gov, or call 307-261-6503.

— Staff report

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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