Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Business & Development Map!

On this site you'll still find posts about new businesses & developments coming to Spokane / Coeur d' Alene. But, after a short time these posts disappear into the endless pages of " previous posts" , but now if your coming here to find out about a particular construction site you can use this handy dandy Google Map of most everything I've posted about recently....

Note: not all of the construction project or new business locations will be listed on here but I will do my best to keep it up to date and add new projects as I know of them.

And, don't forget new business postings are still on this site, just scroll down!

Friday, August 26, 2016

BNSF constructing vehicle unloading facility in Spokane

Following BNSF railway's recently completed $10 million worth of upgrades to their local railyard, the Fort Worth,TX based railroad has moved onto another new investment in the Spokane area.

This investment is in a new much larger vehicle unloading facility to replace a facility currently in open for business on Mission Ave. The new BNSF vehicle unloading facility will serve the 12,000+ vehicles each year that the railroad delivers to the Spokane market. The cars, trucks, vans & SUV's are unloaded off of the rail cars then staged to be loaded onto semi trucks and delivered to car dealerships trough-out the area.

The new planned facility will be just west of the aforementioned railyard , and on a 13 acre site that is already owned by BNSF, the site is off of Wisconsin Ave. near Havana St. .  Plans call for a small office building, fencing and other security features and about 1000 vehicle storage spaces .

The former facility is much smaller with only 445 storage spaces, there are currently no plans for what will happen to this facility after the new one opens. BNSF hopes to have the new vehicle unloading facility operating by the end of 2016.

For more information on BNSF, visit their website at-

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Liquor Licence Watch- 08/25

Lately the liquor license filings have started to get interesting again with the prospect of licenses for new Spokane area bars & restaurants . It's early in the process for all of these but here are some names of places we will likely see opening soon...

Outlaw BBQ & Catering Market
4427 W. Wellesley Ave , Spokane
Note: already a local catering business but since this application is at a actual storefront address we think they may be planning a restaurant of their own.

The Thirsty Dog
3027 E. Liberty Ave. , Spokane
Note: Same address as the Market Street Grill a now closed family restaurant off of N. Market.

Four Eyed Guys Brewing
3023 E. Trent Ave. , Spokane

Izumi Sushi & Asian Bistro
4334 S. Regal Ave , Spokane
Note: Looks to be in the former CafĂ© Italiano at the Regal Pond shopping center.

There is also a license application filed with the Liquor Control Board for a Squid & Bull at 304 W. Pacific #160 in Downtown Spokane. This however appears to be a parent company for the new Hogwash Whiskey Den we already know of and will likely mention again when it gets closer to opening.

Our Rumor Mill page has returned !!!

Just a quick head's up that the Rumor Mill page of this site is back up ! All the local new business rumors that are fit to type can be found there, and it's all new ( I took it down because the info was getting outdated ) .

Some of the rumors I address are-

Is Chick-fil-a coming to Spokane?

Is IKEA coming to Spokane?

Is Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen coming to Spokane?

Is Trader Joe's coming to Coeur d' Alene?

And, more....

Check it out, by clicking on the rumor mill tab above on this page or by going to-

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New businesses start to open at Hayford Crossing in Airway Heights, more new projects to start nearby

Here at Inland Northwest Business Watch we've been closely watching the developments of the new Hayford Crossing shopping center in Airway Heights. The shopping center, while not the largest in the local market is still noteworthy being one of the largest new commercial developments in Airway Heights recently.

The center is located on the southwestern side of the US 2 / Hayford Rd. intersection on the eastern side of the City of Airway Heights. And, now many of the business at Hayford Crossing are complete and starting to open for business, here are the details-

Pawn 1 - Now open

Dollar Tree- Now open

Sprint, Supercuts & Jimmy John's - Under construction but no confirmed opening dates yet. 

STCU- Coming to a pad site, not opening till 2017 

Grocery Outlet- Under construction, set to open at 9am on Sept. 29th .

A limited amount of inline storefront space is still available for lease at Hayford Crossing. Also plans for the development showed a office building to be built at sometime next to the main shopping center.

 Interestingly enough a couple of other new projects are launching soon about a block east of the Hayford Crossing shopping center. Dave Malet real estate broker with HomeSmart Advisors says via Facebook that ACE Hardware & Dairy Queen are getting ready to build new locations by O' Reilly Auto Parts along US 2 . This in addition to several of commercial construction projects around Airway Heights, for more these projects keep an eye on Mr. Malet's Facebook page at-

And, for more information on business leasing oppertunites at Hayford Crossing check with Hawkins Edwards Real Estate at-


Hotel RL Spokane at the Park unveiled near Downtown

The Spokane based Red Lion Hotel chain has officially brought it's new Hotel RL branding to the property just next door of their own headquarters office building. Hotel RL is the company's more upscale hotel offering and like Red Lion Hotels itself has been expanding aggressively . The Hotel RL branding only launched last Summer with a property in Houston and the Spokane location will be the second hotel branded as such in Washington State after a Hotel RL opened in Olympia in July.

Hotel RL Spokane is located where the 400+ room Red Lion at the Park ( 303 W. North River Dr. ) has been for sometime. The building has underwent significant remodeling over the last few months and was unveiled at a grand opening celebration last week.

Everything at the hotel has been subject to the upgrades and among the things that are new at the Hotel RL Spokane is-

- A " Living Stage " an on site stage where the hotel plans to host many events from performers to thinkers to " anyone with a passion and a point of view, to share their ideas with the world " .  A event schedule is already out for events on the living stage.

- A Victrola Coffee location. Considered one of Seattle's most distinguished coffee roasters has a small location serving their coffee's inside the hotel.

- A location of This Bike Life . Biking is an awesome way to see a city up close, and guests staying at the Hotel RL Spokane can stop into a full bike shop adjacent to the hotel lobby. This is the 3rd location of This Bike Life and is a full service bike shop with sales, service and bike rentals.

- A new concept for the hotel's restaurant . When the hotel was still under the Red Lion brand it did have a bar & restaurant on site. But with the upgrades to Hotel RL, the restaurant has been upgraded and it's menu and name have changed. Their new name is The Restaurant at the Hotel RL . It formerly was the Dam Bar & Grill.

Guests arriving at the Hotel RL Spokane at the Park will notice a major piece of the hotel missing. That's because the hotel has no front desk, to allow for more public gathering space . But, no worries guests can still easily get in their room via on site touch screen kiosk's ( with staff standing by ) or via the Red Lion's HelloRewards app on their mobile device.

Guest can also use the HelloRewards app to interact with hotel staff and allows their smartphone to act as a room key. Also, all rooms now feature 55" flat screen TV's.

Red Lion Hotels, and their sister companies TicketsWest & Westcoast Entertainment have been a part of the Spokane business community for many decades. This is the area's only planned Hotel RL branded hotel but Red Lion still operates 2 other hotels in Spokane, Red Lion at the River nearby and a new Red Lion Inn & Suites on W. Sunset Hwy near Spokane International Airport. There is also a Red Lion branded resort along the Spokane River in Post Falls.

For more information on Red Lion Hotels, including online room reservations, visit-

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

" Nettleton Corners " business complex moving forward at Kendall Yards

Late last week we mentioned Kendall Yards' developers plans to add new commercial buildings west of the already up and coming Kendall Yards Business District. We are now learning a bit more about this portion of the development and what we may see open for business there.

The buildings are apparently being called Nettleton Corners and will have construction starting in the coming weeks at the corner of W. Summit Pkwy & Nettleton Ave. , and is adjacent to the Olmstead Green city park. The development area will consist of 2 buildings and will have access to the Centennial Trail in addition to views of the Spokane River & Downtown Spokane.

Because it's currently early in the development process exact business names can't be released but they're are businesses already lined up to open in the Nettleton Corners section, here is what we are learning is planned-

- Brewery or brew pub ( possibly the Kendall Yards Brewing Co we once mentioned but have yet to see )

- a Mediterranean restaurant

- A market that will house a deli, coffee shop and ice cream parlor .

- A small boutique hotel

Some space is also still available for lease and the project should be complete by Spring or early Summer of 2017. Here is a look at a rendering of the planned buildings-

While Nettleton Corners is perhaps the biggest recent development to come from the uber successful Kendall Yards development it's far from the only thing in the works there. Many new homes & condo's are being built, a couple of new additions are coming to the Kendall Yards Business District, more apartments are planned , a grocery store called My Fresh Market and a new medical office building are all in various stages of construction.

We will continue to watch for more on this and all the other developments at Kendall Yards!