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Tweed Business Park set as new digs for Chico Towing, more

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Chico Towing will be loading up its trucks and hauling operations out to a new headquarters this summer, in the newly developed Tweed Business Park off of Harlow, less than a mile west of Highway 3, in Bremerton. The park, owned by Chico Towing president, Stacey Tucker and her husband, John Nelson, will also host the couple’s other businesses, Sun Select Window Tinting and Olympic Auto Sales.

The move, which could take place as early as July, will mark the fourth location of Chico Towing in the company’s 62-year history. Tucker’s grandfather, Don Tucker started the company across from the boat ramp in Chico, and her father moved the outfit to Callow Avenue in 1978. Chico Towing moved to its present location on Wycoff Avenue in 1981. Tucker started planning the move eight years ago.

“I’m really excited about moving into our new facility,” Tucker said, “but I’m maybe even more excited for our staff. This isn’t a business for sissies, you have to be tough. I want them to walk tall and feel proud of where they work. They work so hard, they deserve that.”

The first building on the property is nearing completion, and contains 4,000 square feet of office, storage or warehouse space that is still available, with the possibility of sharing a meeting room and break area with Chico Towing. Pad ready sites are also available for more buildings on the 3 1/2 acres opening up in this first phase of the project. An additional 3 1/2 acres is slated for future industrial park development.

“I need a place to operate my current businesses,” Tucker said, “and I need a place to grow my new ventures. I’m looking to talk to people who are looking for opportunity.”

In addition to having a more manageable lot for Chico Towing, the new business park will provide room for Larsen’s Land Marina, an upscale RV storage facility featuring paved storage, a secured lot, lighting and a dump station. Future features planned include carports and indoor storage, locker boxes and concierge services.

“This will be a win-win situation for Chico Towing and for the Charleston business district,” Tucker said. “We’re not going to be the crown jewel in a revitalization of that area, and it opens up the possibility of someone else moving in.”

“We agree,” Bremerton mayor Cary Bozeman said on behalf of the city. “That’s a sub-area that we think is vital to the city. It’s got a nice international feel, and we’d like to maintain that. It’s going to be a nice small business opportunity for someone.”

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