Since 1954, Standard Paint & Flooring has served its local community of Yakima, Washington. Over the course of three generations, the entirely family-owned business has grown to include multiple locations throughout southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. More than growing beyond its community, Standard Paint & Flooring has grown with Yakima.
“I think we’re really in the beginning stages of seeing Yakima take off,” says Regan Myers, a third-generation co-owner of Standard Paint & Flooring. Myers’s grandfather, Richard Myers Sr., launched the business in 1954 after working for a paint company. Like many family businesses, it then passed to his son, Richard Myers Jr., Regan’s father. Today, Regan and his brother, Craig, own and run the business, which recently became a PPG Paints dealer.
The growth that Myers sees in his community comes while his business is also growing. In recent months and years, Standard Paint & Flooring moved two of its locations into larger, higher-traffic spaces. The larger spaces have allowed Standard Paint & Flooring to add a Design Center and space for retail tenants.
All the while, the Myers family has worked to encourage Yakima’s growth. Their business is active in the local chambers of commerce and sponsors a championship-level sports complex in Yakima, SOZO Sports.
“They’ve created a big sports compound for local use, but it also brings in revenue for Yakima because they host tournaments, which fill up local hotels, restaurants, etc.,” says Myers. “We think it’s great for the growth of the city, and we like that our kids can use a premier facility in town.”
That’s not the only part of town that has Myers excited.
“This is a fun time to be in Yakima,” he says. “We’re getting a lot of great new restaurants. People are starting to reinvest in downtown.”
“We’re also the largest hops-producing area in the United States, so we’re getting a lot of craft breweries,” he adds. According to Craft Beverage Yakima, the Yakima region is responsible for 75 percent of hops production in North America. The region’s craft beers, local wines, spirits and ciders pair well with its 300 days of sunshine each year.
The Standard Paint & Flooring family sees local reinvestment as a duty. “It’s about investing in those who invest in us,” Myers says. “The Yakima community has been good to us, and it is local business owners’ responsibility to reciprocate and do the same for their communities.”
While Yakima continues to take off, Standard Paint & Flooring will continue to show its support through service. For more information about Standard Paint & Flooring, visit www.standardpaintandflooring.com.
This story is part of our ongoing ‘Local Memories, Lasting Impact’ series that highlights small, locally owned businesses and the differences they make in their communities.
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