Gene Juarez Academy opening Monday

Rows of chairs are ready to greet Gene Juarez students and clients starting Monday.

Rows of chairs are ready to greet Gene Juarez students and clients starting Monday.

The outside of the Gene Juarez Academy Sunday.

The outside of the Gene Juarez Academy Sunday.

Joy Evenson fills bottles in preparation for Monday's opening.

Joy Evenson fills bottles in preparation for Monday’s opening.

Employees take a break during preparations Sunday.

Employees take a break during preparations Sunday.

Story and photos by Doug Petrowski

The new home of the north end Gene Juarez Academy opens Martin Luther King Day morning to students learning the art and science of hair and nail care, while customers will start getting their first look at the new facilities Monday afternoon.

The Gene Juarez Academy is relocating its training center from an area near Seattle’s Northgate Mall to the former home of CompUSA, 6007-244th St. S.W., in the Gateway Plaza shopping district. Students begin classes in the new location at 8 a.m. Monday morning, with clients scheduled to arrive starting at 2 p.m. A variety of cosmetology services — from cuts and color to re-texturizing treatments and nail care — will be offered at the academy from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

An official grand opening for the 15,000-square-foot facility is expected to be scheduled in the next couple of weeks.

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