Chris Waddle of Hogback Developments, the company transforming the old Nob Hill Plaza, announced that two new restaurants including a hip, new pizza place, will be opening soon.

Waddle said that the final tenant in the new building that is now home to Jimmy John's, Starbucks and U.S. Cellular will be MOD Pizza. The chain originated in Seattle, and Yakima's will be the first MOD store in eastern Washington. Waddle tells us that getting a MOD pizza is a "pretty big deal" for Yakima, as this will be MOD's smallest market.

Moving into a large space in the old Red Robin location will be Dickies BBQ Pit, a Texas based company that has 14 locations in Washington, including Walla Walla and Kennewick.

Waddle also related that Charter College will be moving into the old Blockbuster space.

Charter College, according to its website "is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students."