Thursday, January 18, 2018

Circle K planning new stores in Spokane

Circle K, a chain of convenience stores usually with gas stations attached looks to be coming to Spokane soon. This only adds up as the chain is growth mode and expanded into the Tri-Cities market in 2012 with the acquisition of 18 Sun Mart brand stores.

The stores are coming to Spokane are all still in the planning phase but likely will be at least starting construction in the next few months. Because of this we also don't know an opening date but do know that the chain has submitted pre-development conference paperwork for 3 stores in Spokane. They are-

4415 N. Market ( south end of Hillyard )

2820 E. 29th ( corner of 29th and Regal, next to Discount Tire )

4221 S. Cheney Spokane Rd. ( in-between Yoke's and the mini storage place )

All of these location are vacant lots today so each store will be new construction and not taking over existing stores. There may be more stores coming to the area but this all the information we have found so far, the City of Spokane Valley however doesn't seem to have any plans on their public record building permit site though.

The plans call Circle K branded full gas stations with a convenience store of about 3500-5000 square feet depending on the location. Also the planned stores on 29th and the one on Cheney Spokane Road also will likely include automated car washes.

Circle K has operated convenience stores since the 1950's and today their HQ in Tucson, AZ oversees 8000 plus stores in almost all 50 states and several international locations around Europe and Asia. The chain is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard,Inc a Canadian based convenience store conglomerate that also has Holiday Stationstores under their wings.

For more information on Circle K visit their website at-

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What we're working on...

In-between posts on here I'm always looking into leads on new businesses and restaurants. Most always I have several going at one time but I figured I'd take a moment to share some of the cooler things that I know but don't have enough info to share just yet....

* Building permits are now in a pending state to renovate the abandoned Otis Hotel building on 1st Downtown. A Portland based developer is purposing opening a Hotel Indigo franchise there, apparently sooner rather then later. This has already been mentioned on this site but we're hoping for even more details.

* Amy's Donuts, a small Colorado Springs based chain of donut shops with crazy flavors often involving candy bars, cereals and more is planning on opening a location in Spokane Valley in 2018. I have contacted them 3 or 4 times and still no response on the local store but we will have more some day. Until we have more info, check them out at

* The Circle K convenience store chain looks to be coming to Spokane as they have building plans for 3 locations within the Spokane city limits. Quite possibly more will come too as all the info I have is in the city.

* The renovation of the Tradewinds Hotel in Downtown Spokane shouldn't be too much longer. Originally the hotel was supposed to be open by now as a Howard Johnson but the parent company decided the hotel didn't fit that brand so there have been a few delays. It reportedly will open as a Baymont Inn & Suites and we'll have the details on it soon.

Got a tip on one of these items, or maybe you know of a new business I don't know about , whatever the reason contact me at

And, you can now reach me on Reddit at inlandnwbusiness

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cooper George renovations near completion, new Downtown apartments will be ready soon

The Cooper George building at 707 W. 5th has been various types of senior citizen housing / assisted living for many years now. But, with the boom of people wanting to rent in and around Downtown Spokane it only makes sense that now would be the time to convert the 60+ year old structure back to it's original use, apartments for anyone.

For the past few months crews from Spokane based Baker Construction and others have been hard at work on the building. And, now we are able to report that the newly created apartments will should be ready to be moved into as soon as late February. In all the Cooper George will now be home to 144 apartments with studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units available.

The building has been completely updated providing modern apartments with upscale materials and finishes. But, it's main selling point will no doubt be the location as it's just a short couple of blocks into Downtown Spokane and has abundant public transit all around great for Downtown workers or those that just want to be close to all the events/ shopping / dining and more. The views are awesome too with units on the top floor ( 12th floor ) being able to overlook all of Downtown and all the way up to Mt. Spokane.

Apartments at the Cooper George building will rent from $1080-$1835 per month and the rent includes all utilities. Residents will also have access to a host of amenities including a roof top deck and a café space, etc. in process of coming to the completed building. More about what is all included is on their website.

For more information on the Cooper George call 509-455-3603 check their website at -

Or, find them on Facebook at-

The renovations at the Cooper George are just one of several new apartments coming online soon in Downtown Spokane. Apartments at both The M ( former Macy's ) and the Ridpath are to come open for residents this Spring. In addition to the new apartments at the Chronical Building and in Kendall Yards and more.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New shops will be first of many at former Post Falls Outlet Mall

At one point just a couple of years ago both the North Idaho Outlets and Post Falls Outlets, along Riversbend in Post Falls sat almost completely vacant and closed up. But, those days are over and while we don't have 100% occupancy some new life has already returned.

Tedder Industries, a locally based manufacturer of gun holsters acquired the North Idaho Outlets section of the outlet malls and has done many updates. The southern building has been converted into a manufacturing facility for Tedder and the north building has been converted into the Tedder Business Center, where a handful of businesses have already moved in. But, today's news comes from the smaller Post Falls Outlet Mall.

This is the smaller complex where Dress Barn once was at 4005 W. Riversbend Ave. It too has come under new ownership as of the Summer of 2017 and updates are already in the works throughout. The complex is now considered the Riversbend Commerce Park and Select Properties Co. is doing leasing and property management for the complex. Now in the re-tenanting process things are going full steam ahead with many local businesses being attracted by extremely competive lease rates.

Active leasing of spaces began in November and as of early Jan. 27% of the spaces are already leased. There are also signed agreements in place for another round of new tenants to open at the shopping center by March 1st which brings the occupancy rate back up to 51%. In all the complex offers about 65,000 square feet of commercial space.

So, what businesses will be opening at the Riversbend Commerce Park? They say it's a perfect mix of home furnishings, home décor, e-commerce, office and food & beverage. The Cabin Restaurant and Northwest Title Loan, the last remaining open tenants for the outlet malls will stay open but will be joined by at least...

The Rusty Star- opening Feb 1st, The Rusty Star is a locally owned and operated retail store. It will be a home décor store specializing in custom wood signs, flags and other vintage goods. They will open in a 2,250 square foot space.

Faithful Chocolates- Moving from near Wal-Mart in Post Falls, Faithful looks to already be open for business at the Riversbend Commerce Park. They are also a local business, specializing in chocolates with a selection of Christian books and gifts.

Looking to open a business or move your business to Riversbend Commerce Park? Many spaces are still available for lease but they are obviously filling up fast. Spaces are leasing for .30 to .50 cents per square foot, which are well under market rate.

For more information on leasing contact Cory Turnbull at 208-691-2995 or on his website at-  on that site you'll also find a marketing flyer and a few YouTube videos of the spaces still available for lease.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Large new office buildings planned at Spokane Valley's Pinecroft Business Park

Pinecroft Business Park is already a very active area of businesses along Mirabeau Parkway in-between Pines and Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. Businesses like Next IT, Sears Marketing Center, Faneuil, and a several more already have offices in the complex. But, the northern end of the development is still largely vacant land, but we're now learning there is big plans for a portion of this area.

The area along E. Pinecroft Way where the property abuts the Spokane River will gradually become a complex of large new office buildings with one tenant already signed on and likely many more to be announced in the near future.

Three office buildings will be built out as the market demands along the river. Each will have about 42,000 square feet with the first building's second story already being leased, that building will be at 12939 E. Pinecroft Way.

That space will be used by Northwestern Mutual who plan to consolidate their Spokane offices in the one office at Pinecroft. Their offices had been in a couple of buildings South Hill and this move will give that company more space with an about 20,000 square foot office. It will also allow Northwestern Mutual to hire more financial advisors and professionals. The first floor is still available for lease and plans are for the first building to be complete sometime this Summer.

In recent months Pinecroft Business Park has also completed development and construction of 2 buildings right next to each other at 12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy. . One of the 2 buildings at 10,000 square feet is now occupied by PayTrace, Inc. a payment processing company. 12,500 square feet of office space remains for least there and plans call for a deli or similar food service business to also open at that same site at some point.

Pinecroft Business Park's businesses employ over 2000 and offer over 400,000 square feet of office space. The property is leased / managed by JMA Commercial Real Estate , for more information on Pinecroft visit their website at-

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spokane Tribe Casino's opening day is finally here!

After years of planning and months of construction, Spokane Tribe Casino will open their doors to the public today ( Monday, Jan 8th ) at 7pm. They have been in soft opening mode since the end of last week exclusively for members of the 2900 member Spokane Tribe.

Here are all the details on the new Spokane Tribe Casino-

Located in Airway Heights at 14300 US Hwy 2 the new Casino adjacent to the Spokofuel / Arby's complex which is also owned and operated by the Spokane Tribe.

38,000 square foot building with 450 slot machines and 12 table games.

Surface parking lot for free parking steps away from the entrance.

The Spokane Tribe Casino opening also introduces a few new local dining options with a new restaurant, new bar and a new quick service deli style establishment all located inside the Casino.

Those new restaurants are-

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar serving casual fine dining with scratch made menu items that use local ingredients.

Speelya's Den serving sandwiches ,salads and the like in addition to espresso and coffee drinks.

Whaluks, a bar with locally crafted wines, cocktails and beers.

The new Casino will use the Sun Club players club which is tiered players club based on the players points. More information on how to sign up for the Sun Club can be found at the Casino or on their website which is listed below.

The Spokane Tribe Casino will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the restaurants operating separate hours. They are also still hiring for some remaining postions at the Casino with information on how to apply also on their website. The Spokane Tribe also operates the Chewelah Casino in Chewelah and Two Rivers Casino in Davenport. Throughout the process the Spokane Tribe has also indicated that more phases of construction will be coming to the new Casino site in Airway Heights but there hasn't been a project timeline released just yet. That will be for a future post...

Visit the Spokane Tribe Casino's website at-

Friday, January 5, 2018

High end coffee shop to open in Downtown Spokane's Music City Building

Yet another renovation project will soon be bringing life back to another storefront on Downtown Spokane's western side. And, this one will mean Downtown will be gaining a new coffee shop unlike the others we have now.

Spokane based coffee roaster Roast House Coffee will take over 3000 square feet on the ground floor of the Music City Building at 1017 W. 1st, right by the Montvale Hotel. They will use the space as an upscale coffee establishment to be called First Ave Coffee.

This will be Roast House Coffee's first coffee house, although they do operate a tasting room in the same building as their production space at 423 E. Cleveland. Roast House will also continue to provide their coffee to numerous coffee shops and stands around the Inland Northwest.

We're told First Avenue Coffee will be " all about the coffee " they plan to have 5 pour over towers in addition to 4 espresso options. While there will be the more traditional coffee drinks served they also will provide organic high end small lots of coffees not previously available in Spokane. According to a recent article in the Spokesman Review some of the small lot coffees are worth more then $100 a pound with cups of coffee likely maxing out at around $20 a cup. But, yes there will be more standard espresso drinks available too, but why not try something new?

First Avenue will even have affogattos, nitro cold brew infusions and much more. There won't be much for food at First Avenue Coffee but they will likely have a small sweet selection. Construction has already begun and the plan is to have First Avenue Coffee open by April 1st.

There isn't a website for First Avenue Coffee just yet, but you can keep track of the progess on Facebook at-

And, for more information on Roast House Coffee, where to buy and what they offer, check out their website at-

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Market adds unique new dining options to Spokane Arena

Last Summer it was announced that Spokane Arena was to add a unique new food court area in 4100 square feet of space on the North side of the Arena. And, after a few months of work that area called " The Market " is now open for business. And it's 4 new food vendors provide foods unlike anything else already at the venue.

These restaurants and all food and beverage services at Spokane Arena are operated under a contract with Centerplate. They also have updated a few other of stands to what are basically full restaurants in recent years. However, more traditional concession stands with beer, hot dogs and the like are still there.

Here is what new places guests will find in The Market-

Griddled - A new deli with grilled deli sandwiches

Crust- A new artisan pizza place serving pizza by the slice.

Craft Burger & Sausage- A menu of burgers and a couple of sausages ( as the name would imply )

Noodled- Asian inspired menu with noodles, wok-fired foods, banh mai sandwiches and more

Also, The Market features a new wine and beer area with 16 beers on tap. Unfortunately these new spaces are only open to ticketed guest during Arena events.

For more information on what events are coming up at Spokane Arena, check-

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

El Charrito Mexican Resturant chain opens on the South Hill

The small El Charrito chain of Mexican restaurants has opened their newest location here in Spokane, other locations can be found in Sunnyside and Toppenish,Wa The new Spokane restaurant is in the Regal Pond shopping center at the same space Laguna Café was last (they have since moved) at 4304 S. Regal.

El Charrito serves a menu of classic authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting. They are open 7 days a week from 10am - 11pm. We don't have a menu for them just yet but they can be found on Facebook at for more on what they have to offer, including details on a grand opening special they have going on now.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Corporate Tools to open in vacant Post Falls call center

784 Clearwater Lp in Post Falls' Riversbend Corporate Park has sat empty for quite sometime. Ever since Center Partners ( now known as Qualfon ) moved their T-Mobile call center across the state line to Liberty Lake. But it looks like a planned significant remodel and a new tenant may mean life ( and jobs... ) will return to the single story modern office building.

The building will now house a company called Corporate Tools which will actually be based out of the building. We don't have all the details on what the company will do and how many new jobs this facility will create and are still waiting to hear back from the company for the answers. But, here is what we do know....

Corporate Tools' tenant improvement is currently out to bid for construction with Vandervert Construction on Spokane as the general contractor. The business will likely occupy the entire 28,375 square foot building with the offices themselves being designed by HDG Architecture, also of Spokane.  The plans show the building being divided into a main office space and a " Suite B " but based on some other info it looks like both will be used by Corporate Tools.

The interior of the building be completely re-done and a section of the back parking lot will be removed for sports courts. No where does it mention how many people will work for Corporate Tools, However the company's page on LinkedIn says they employ between 201-500 and since they are not open yet we assume they will be creating quite a few new local jobs. In fact the company's website also lists many openings from higher level management down to phone support, data entry and more.

Corporate Tools says on their website they provide entity management software, and assist in corporate filing. They also provide full back office support with calls, billing , collections and more. There is a few more services they offer as well but for the full details on that and the job openings they have, check their website at-

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