PENDLETON — Pendleton property owner Gary Vaughn continues redeveloping the former J.C. Penny Co. building for his new tenant, Sears Hometown Store.

Vaughn has owned the 124 S. Main St. structure, now housing Sears, since 1996. He also owns the structures housing Sierra Professional, Hope Counseling (the 1906 Templeman building) and D&B Supply on Southgate. His Jager Development of Pendleton has real estate in California, Washington and Oregon.

Interior remodeling is complete, and Sears operates in the building, but Vaugh said signage, shelving and such are works in progress.

Recent external improvements include a finished paint job by Randy Thomas’ A-Sharp, according to Vaughn, and Ed Miltenberger’s Sign Men are on the schedule to reinstall awnings. Vaughn’s subcontractors put in a 16 foot by 26 foot cement pad on May 4.

“We rely on local subs whenever possible,” he said. “It’s great to continue developing downtown.”

Vaughn said he enjoys doing projects in Pendleton because of the number of good local contractors.

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