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Monday, August 13, 2018

Spokane Brewery Tour opens for business

Craft beer is big in the Inland Northwest, new breweries are still coming on line and many of the existing ones are still growing. Most of us have visited a few, but did you know the Inland Northwest is home to 46 unique breweries and more then 20 of those are located in and around Spokane.


A new local business is making it even easier to discover the Spokane beer scene. A born and raised native of Spokane has now launched the Spokane Brewery Tour, a tour provider that provides safe transportation and takes guests around to at least 3 local breweries. There you learn about the beers, the history of the brewery and much more. All while enjoying the company of like minded beer lovers ( you must be 21 however ).

Tours are offered on various days and are about 3 to 3 1/2 hours long. There is a tour in Spokane, Spokane Valley and a walking tour. Private custom tours are also available and group discounts are available for Spokane residents looking to book a tour for a special occasion.

For more information on Spokane Brewery Tour, including info on how to book, check their website at - http://brewerytourspokane.com

Etailz completes move to Spokane Valley, Stay Alfred to follow

While Spokane was outbid for Amazon's HQ2 , we are still home to several awesome companies that are growing. Two such companies are even expanding their HQ's here by moving into a formerly under utilized large building in Spokane Valley .

Etailz,Inc. is a large partner site, selling goods on Amazon, Jet, Ebay, Wal-Mart, Wish and Alibaba's websites. The company is actually owned by the much larger Trans World Entertainment of New York, but the main Etailz HQ is here in Spokane. Well, now Spokane Valley.

Etailz is now in a 40,000 square foot space within the from Itron building at 2818 N. Sullivan Rd. In Etailz's case the company is already operating out of the new facility, where they employ about 250. Previously the company had operated in a much smaller office space at the McKinstry Station building nearby Gonzaga. With this new move Etailz now has 4 times the office space, while still enjoying a casual, sort of hip working environment.

Also, coming later this year to the building at 2818 N. Sullivan Rd. will be the HQ of Stay Alfred. This company is unique business currently headquartered in a smaller building on Sprague Ave in Downtown Spokane. Stay Alfred operates travel apartments in 25 US cities and is known for leasing cool and upscale places in lively locations. It was even recently announced that Stay Alfred will operate one floor of " The M " apartment building in Downtown Spokane. The concept is somewhat similar to Airbnb, VRBO but still a bit more cool and unique.

Within the former Itron building, Stay Alfred will occupy a little more then 37,000 square feet with likely much of the same office features as their neighbors at Etailz. Stay Alfred will likely move in later this year as construction permits we're issued just last week for the build out of their offices.

There is still even more space available for lease in the same building on N. Sullivan ( info http://sdsrealty.com ) so perhaps we'll see even more cool new company's coming soon to Spokane Valley, stay tuned...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Indigo Urgent Care to open in former South Hill Cafe Rio space

A couple of months ago we we're the first to report that Multicare was bringing their Indigo Urgent Care chain to Spokane. Construction is already underway for that location which will open in October at 9420 N. Newport Hwy. This will be in a new construction building that also houses a BECU branch and a TBD retail space.

But, as we speculated the Newport Hwy location won't be the only one coming to our region. That's because Indigo is also working on a South Hill location, which doesn't have an opening date set just yet. The South Hill Indigo Urgent Care will join the Regal Plaza development at 4803 S. Regal St Pad C, which is also known as the former Café Rio restaurant site.

Indigo Urgent Care is a chain of urgent care clinic that are considered to be high-end. To date they have 16 other locations all of which are in Western Washington. Patients receive coffee, gourmet cappuccino, free wifi, charging ports and are handled by a concierge. They also promise to have all of the latest medical equipment and knowledgeable staff to get patients through the process quickly.

For convenience Multicare's Indigo Urgent Care locations are open 8am-8pm 365 days a year. They are set up to treat minor health issues for patients of all ages.

For more information on Indigo Urgent Care, visit their website at-
http://indigourgentcare.com



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Montgomery Logistics Center to rise in Spokane Valley

Seattle based Leavitt Capital Companies is no stranger to Spokane. The company owns a handful of properties locally and has a regional office in the heart of Downtown Spokane. But, it looks like now they are looking to increase their footprint in our region.

That's because we've recently uncovered that Leavitt is planning to build a new industrial complex in Spokane Valley called the Montgomery Logistics Center. This new complex will be built in phases and will be in the 11000 block of E. Montgomery, west of Pines Rd. It will actually be adjacent to the Central Business Park building which is a 500,000 square foot former distribution center also owned by Leavitt Capital and is now home to PepsiCo, Skagit Farm Supply and few others.


The Montgomery Logistics Center when fully built out will be a 139,600 square foot industrial and warehousing hub in 3 buildings. The first of which will be a 64,000 square foot building that is currently in the permitting phase and will likely be complete sometime next year.

Space will be leased out and can be demised down to 10-15,000 square feet if needed. Among the amenities will be 30' clear heights, 92' - 120' truck courts and loading docks, ESFR sprinklers and much more. Pre-leasing is underway with spaces going for 0.69 per sq foot NNN.

There isn't any word about who the tenants might be at this new complex but with low industrial vacancy rates it likely will fill quickly, meaning more new jobs. For more information on leasing at the Montgomery Logistics Center contact Marc Mowrer with Leavitt Capital Companies at 509-444-6530 or check http://leavittcap.com

Monday, August 6, 2018

Construction to begin for new hotel at Spokane International Airport

It's been a year this month since we first caught wind of a plan to open a new hotel at Spokane International Airport. This amount of time is not a complete surprise with permitting, financing, etc.. these projects do take time. But, now we're seeing that construction is actually about to begin.

The new hotel will be part of Springhill Suites by Marriott chain, unlike the Staybridge Suites name that was mentioned early in the process. This new hotel will be the closest lodging option to the terminal and will be in what is currently part of the Airport's parking area. We're told actual construction on the hotel should begin in September and Airport personnel have already blocked off this section of the parking lots. The new Springhill Suites hotel will be in-between the car rental area and the Ramada hotel, near the parking exit plaza.


Tharaldson Hospitality Management of Fargo,ND is developing the hotel, which is scheduled to open in the last half of 2019. The new Springhill Suites will be a 4 story building with modern looking architecture and 110 total rooms. An indoor pool, fitness center and a business center will also be included in the finished building. Tharaldson is also currently developing a Staybridge Suites hotel at Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development which has been under construction for a few weeks now.

Above- a rendering of the new hotel.

The new hotel project is due in part to recent increases in passenger traffic at the Airport, with several new flights now flying out of Spokane. Some might be concerned about the removal of parking spaces at a growing airport. However they are quick to point out that the airport is currently working on a large expansion to the economy parking area which will create 1300 new parking spaces near the corner of in-bound Airport Dr. and Flint Rd. . Major renovations are also in the works for the near future within the terminal and we expect to be hearing more soon about the airports gas station/ c-store / fast food development planned along another section of Airport Dr.

This will be the first location of the Springhill Suites by Marriott chain in Spokane, although there is one not far away in Coeur d' Alene. The chain operates over 350 locations, all of which are all suite hotels and geared towards the upper-moderate lodging segment. This will be the third hotel on property at Spokane International Airport, with 165 rooms and the Wingate Inn & Suites with 83 rooms.

Keep watching for more as we'll likely re-post when the Springhill Suites at Spokane International Airport gets closer to opening.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Construction starts for new Panda Express in Post Falls

Construction has officially started for a new Panda Express location in Post Falls / State Line. Millennium Construction Group of California has started working on the site and foundation for the new restaurant which should open later this year. This will be the 3rd Panda Express location in Kootenai County.

The new Post Falls Panda Express will be out front of the State Line directly at the corner of W. Pointe Pkwy and Baugh Way. This is the first commercial construction in the Pointe at Post Falls development in some time.





Opening day nearing for Dan Dickau's The Barbers new Spokane Valley location

Former Gonzaga point guard and NBA player Dan Dickau is expanding his local empire of barbershops with a new one opening very soon in Spokane Valley. The shops are part of the larger The Barbers chain of barber shops, which are far from your average barber shops.

With over 30 locations around the all around the Northwest, The Barbers says they are "bringing back that old fashioned barbershop experience for men of all ages" . The new Spokane Valley location will feature TV's for sports, cool décor like framed jerseys and even a pool table. Multiple barber stations get customers in and out quickly and at a fair price. Men's cuts are $20.95 , with a " the works " cut being only a bit more at $24.95 and a few other services are also offered.

But, of course with the opening of a new location there will be discounts, great discounts! From when they open on Aug 7th through the end of August they will offer hair cuts for only $5!

This new location of Dan Dickau's The Barbers can be found in the same plaza as Starbucks and the UPS store at 506 N Sullivan. There is also 3 other The Barbers locations, all of which are within the City of Spokane. For more information, check out- http://thebarbersonline.com

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

After 2 robberies in 2 weeks The Mascot Pizza seeks the community’s support this Saturday

For a small business just 1 robbery can be hard, but The Mascot Pizza has been the victim of 2 in just 2 weeks time. The business, while still a new business, has gathered a following for their delicious pizzas, sandwiches, wings, salads, appetizers and more.

So, they are asking for the support of Spokane this Saturday 5-8:30p. During that time they'll have some yet to be announced specials to bring more people through the doors to help recoup there losses. The specials will also extend to delivery which is available with 5 miles of the restaurant. The Mascot Pizza is located in the Logan neighborhood at 730 N. Columbus.

We encourage all readers of this blog to check out The Mascot Pizza this Saturday, or anyday really. They are an awesome local pizza place this locally owned and operated. The menu consists of about a dozen speciality pizza's , make your own pizzas, calzone and a whole lot more. There is even French fries, onion rings and fried cheese curds and a whole lot more, they really have something for everyone.

For more information on The Mascot Pizza check out their website at http://themascotpizza.com or check them out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/themascotpizza and while on their Facebook page check the photos of the 2 robbery suspects, there is a reward for information leading to arrest.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New multi-tenant building coming by Global's HQ Downtown

About 2 years ago Global Credit Union acquired the 5 story Freeway plaza office building at 1500 W. 4th on the west side of Downtown Spokane. The credit union has done a number of improvements to the building and now uses much of that building as it's HQ. But, Global Credit Union is planning to invest in the neighborhood as well with a couple of new projects currently in the pipeline.

Just to the north of the Global HQ building plans are currently in the works to re-develop their site at the corner of Third & Walnut. Plans call for re-developing the credit union's current drive thru structure into a coffee shop , likely also with a drive thru. But, apparently further along is Global's plan to build a new 3 bay retail / restaurant strip building at the corner of 4th & Walnut, just south of the Global HQ building.

They hope this new building will be built yet this year. The center would be a 4900 square foot structure with the address of 1505 W. 4th. It would be built on a mostly vacant lot the once contained a drive up coffee stand. Some new surface parking area would be added to fulfill the needs of the new buildings tenants. However, the plans have the new structure directly at the corner with parking on the side and at the rear.


There is no word on who the tenants might be for this new building as it appears to be being built on speculation. The 3 tenant spaces are about 1600 +/- square feet each and one space can have a drive thru lane attached. Kiemle & Hagood is already pre-leasing for the new development with the spaces leasing for $26 - $30 per square foot NNN .

We'll keep watching this project for news on future tenants, if your interested in leasing space contact Kiemle & Hagood via Collin Conway at 509-755-7595 or Casey Brazil at 509-755-7579. More info will also be on http://www.khco.com

Friday, July 20, 2018

It's official- Amazon is building a fufillment center in Spokane

There has been much speculation about this, and honestly most locally assumed the "Project Rose" construction site on Geiger Blvd. was for Amazon. But, as of this morning we can now confirm that this project will be an Amazon fulfillment center.

The new Spokane Amazon distribution center will have a 600,000 square foot footprint and will be a multi-story facility employing around 1500. With all floors included this new Amazon center will have over 2.5 million square feet of floor space. It will encompass over 80 acres of land at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd just off of I-90 and just southwest of Spokane International Airport. Site work has already begun at the site and some roadway improvements / public transit adjustments are also in the works to serve the massive site.

While the center will open with 1500 employees, those numbers will likely increase during peak seasons as well and employees will enjoy benefits from day one. This new Amazon Spokane Fufillment Center is estimated to be open for business in late 2019 and hiring will start next year via http://amazondelivers.jobs

The site plan for the new Amazon center-



Approximate site of the project-


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Indaba Coffee Roasters planning another location in Downtown Spokane

Indaba has come a long way since their opening in 2009 as just a single location coffee house in Spokane's West Central neighborhood. Nine years later that same location at 1425 W. Broadway is still keeping an otherwise underserved neighborhood caffeinated with delicious espresso, coffee, teas, pastries and so much more.

But in those 9 years a lot has changed too. In 2015, Indaba branched out for their first time, opening the still open Indaba location on Howard St. in Downtown Spokane. More recently they have also opened 2 small coffee bars in Kendall Yards in spaces shared with other businesses and even have a location called their Sky Bar which is located in a skywalk in the city center.

And, now a second full Indaba coffee shop location is in the works for Downtown. They are now working on creating a new location at 518 W. Riverside next door to Dodson's Jewelers. This new location will take the Indaba brand one step further as they also have announced the addition of Chef Andrew Larson to their team who will lead a food program that will begin at the new W. Riverside location.

The new W. Riverside Indaba is to open this fall and will of course have much of the same menu as the other Indaba locations. But they will also offer up an artisan toast menu and light brunch menu on Saturdays. They say as Downtown grows they will expand their food menu right along with it. Also the new location will have Seraphim pour overs and will even have 8 taps for beer, wine, cold brew and Kombucha.

Watch for even more on this new location coming soon, and for more information now on Indaba Coffee, check out their website at http://indabacoffee.com . While on their site be sure to read their story, they are not your average coffee shop.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Costco and other new businesses to check out this weekend....

Chances are if your reading this site you like to check out new stores and restaurants, and this upcoming weekend will be prime for that with several grand openings happening. Here is what's happening where...

Ye Olde Hock Shoppe

This new pawn shop will have their grand opening on 7/21 from 7-7. They will be open to buy, sell and loan. They are located at 9315 E. Trent in Spokane Valley

Costco

It's finally time, Friday 7/20 will be opening day for the new Costco at 12020 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane. This new store replaces a smaller Costco store which had been on N. Division and will soon be renovated to suit a handful of new tenants.

The new Costco on Newport Hwy. opens at 8am and will be 167,000 square feet which is over 30,000 square feet larger then the former location on Division. They also have about 50 more employees now with the larger store.

Wheel Sport Bicycles

Not too far South of the new Costco is another new business that will also open this Friday 7/20. The Wheel Sport Bicycle shop chain will have a grand opening celebration for their new store at 9501 N. Newport Hwy. The business has extensively renovated what once was an auto repair shop into a cool new bicycle sales and service place.

They will open for business at 11am and both Friday and Saturday they will have discounts, give aways, group rides , fix a flat clinics and more. Additional info can be found on the Wheel Sport Facebook page.

Altitude Trampoline Park- Spokane Valley

Although they are actually already open this Saturday 07/21 will be the official grand opening for the new Altitude Trampoline Park at 1441 N. Argonne Rd in Spokane Valley. This new trampoline park is quite large and located in a former Safeway store.

Altitude will open at 10am on the 21st with giveaways, discounts, live radio remotes, a dodgeball tournament and much more. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

De Leon's Taco & Bar to open a South Hill location

De Leon's is expanding their De Leon's Taco & Bar concept yet again. This time they'll be coming to the South Hill.

This new De Leon's Taco & Bar will be opening in the former China Café space at 2718 E. 57th Ave. by the corner of 57th and Regal. This new location will continue their more casual concept with a full bar. The menu will consist of tacos, burritos, guisados with menudo and pozole added to the menu on the weekends and frequent daily specials . De Leon's famous locally produced tortilla chips, salsa and tamales will also be available for purchase with catering services offered for groups. Currently this new South Hill location is scheduled to open in September.

This will be the third location for De Leon's Taco & Bar, the first location opened in 2017 at 10208 N. Division, near Whitworth University. A second location is still under construction nearby Gonzaga University at the corner of Hamilton & Nora and will be opening much sooner then the South Hill restaurant. Also, De Leon's still operates their 2 main stores which are full Hispanic grocery stores with restaurants inside at 102 E. Francis in Spokane and 15530 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

For more information on De Leon's Taco & Bar, check out their website at-

http://deleonstacoandbar.com

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Woops macaron bakeshop to open in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

Who doesn't love a macaron?  Those delicious French confections are a favorite for many with a sweet tooth. And, in many parts of the country people turn to a chain of bakery's called Woops for their macarons. Soon people here in our area also turn to them because Woops is coming to Coeur d' Alene!

Woops is setting up shop in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 119 N. 4th St, where they plan to open later this Summer. While there isn't a set opening date yet there will defiantly be a preview of their products at the Downtown Street Fair in August.

Woops locations sell over 30 different flavors of macarons in addition to artisanal coffees. Among the flavor choices will be the common like vanilla and pistachio all the way up to the more unique Peanut Butter & Jelly or Mojito. Typical Woops locations also have a small selection other pastries and sandwiches as well.

The company is a growing chain that has been in business only since 2012, today they are one of the largest retail providers of macarons. Founded in New York City the company has over 30 locations ( several are still in the NYC area ) and most are kiosk style locations, Coeur d' Alene will be one of only a few full Woops bakeshop locations.

For more info on the new Coeur d' Alene Woops Bakeshop, check out http://bywoops.com/coeurdalene

Or, check out this video about their brand from their corporate office-


Dragon's Fury Games & Anime to open soon near Northtown Mall

An awesome new take on gaming stores is coming soon to Spokane. Work is underway to open a new locally owned and operated shop called Dragon's Fury Games & Anime at 41 E. Queen Suite B just north of Northtown Mall.

Dragon's Fury Games & Anime will have an extensive board and card game library for in store play, but what will set them apart is a 21 and over dedicated bar area. Plans are for Dragon's Fury customers to enjoy a cold beer or something non-alcoholic like flavored water, energy drinks and some snacks while mastering a familiar game or discovering something new.

Games that are available for play will also be available for sale. In addition to retail sales of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture products. The store will also sell Japanese model kits and accessories.

Watch for the new Dragon's Fury Games & Anime when they open sometime in August. And, track their progress via Facebook at-

http://www.facebook.com/dragonsfurygames

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Could this really be what's going into the soon to be former North side Costco?!?

Costco is nearing completion for their new store at 12020 N. Newport Hwy, which will replace their current smaller store at 7619 N. Division. In fact the opening date for the new Costco is only 10 days away on July 20th, with the N. Division store closing likely on the 19th.

But, while there are a few abandoned big box spaces still around the area, the N. Division Costco will not join those ranks. That's because as you may recall Rich Development Enterprises ,LLC a Calfornia based firm acquired the building back in March and plans to redevelop not just the store building but some of the parking area as well. We had a separate post about that on this site when that sale occurred.

And, with the Costco move out immanent "pre-development conference " documents have appeared about the plans Rich Development has for the site. And, perhaps they are only mentioned to gather hype from nosey bloggers like myself the plans show some tenant names....

Before I mention these it is important to note it is still early in the process, likely none are set in store. I also realize they could just be examples however they are mentioned specifically, which is not common. So, with that said here is what will likely be opening at the site of the N. Division Costco...

Texas Roadhouse ( in a new 7100 square foot building, about where the gas station is today )

Planet Fitness

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Extra Space Storage  ( back half of the main building )

Another pad site near the gas station site is also shown with no names on it just yet. Over the next few weeks we'll be working to confirm all of this but this would be big as I know a number of readers have told me Spokane needs a Texas Roadhouse.

There will be more soon...

Maverik to build a location in Airway Heights

Construction and new businesses coming to Airway Heights is nothing new. But this I figured I'd better mention this early as construction is about to begin on a lot that was originally to be a new Walgreen's.

While we can't rule out Walgreen's building elsewhere in Airway it won't be raising a the corner of US 2 and Hayford Rd. The site, across from STCU will in fact soon be home to a Maverik gas station and convenience store. Continuing Maverik's somewhat quick expansion into the Spokane market.

The new Airway Heights Maverik will be similar to the other locations of the Utah based chain. It will have a 4300 square foot convenience store with a 12 pump canopy covered fueling area in the front and 4 more covered pumps on the eastern side of the property. Like other Maverik locations they will sell all standard c-store items including a line of hot foods made in store and sold under the Bon Fire brand name.

This will be 8th location of the Maverik chain in the Spokane area, with another 2 open over in the Coeur d' Alene area. But this won't mark the end of Maverik's expansion into our area as planning has started for a new location just north of Downtown on Ruby and not 1 but 2 stores in the works for Post Falls.

For more info on Maverik, check - http://maverik.com

Monday, July 9, 2018

Large parking expansion underway at Spokane International Airport

It's been all over the news that Spokane International Airport has experienced exponential passenger growth. Several new flights have begun / we're announced to connect Spokane with several new destinations. Major renovation projects are on the horizon for as soon as next year but some are coming sooner, like the new large expansion of the economy parking area.


Site work has begun for a new economy parking area with a total of 1300 new parking spaces. The project is estimated to cost $6.44 million and will be located on the vacant lots at the corner of Airport Dr. ( in-bound lanes ) and Flint Rd. This is across from the cell phone parking area which itself was expanded not long ago. This new parking area should open in mid-November.

It should be noted that a section of the existing "outside parking area" will be taken away soon as a new 111 room Marriott Springhill Suites is planned in-between the main terminal and the Ramada hotel. We'll have more on that very soon hopefully.

For more information on Spokane International Airport, check- http://spokaneairports.net

Laundry Land out, Domino's Pizza coming in on Thor

A couple of weeks ago was the last day for Laundry Land at 510 S. Thor in East Central Spokane. The mini chain ( now single location ) laundromat business says they we're unable to come to terms on their lease. Laundry Land is still very much in business which will mention in a moment, but first what is happening to the building just south of Fred Meyer where Laundry Land once was...

The building won't be empty long at all as a franchisee of Domino's Pizza has leased the building and will open a Domino's store there soon. Chad Carper, a broker with Kiemle Hagood represented the tenant and the building is owned by local developer Harlan Douglass.

This is part of recent expansion of Domino's Pizza in the area. As you may recall I recently posted about this with new Domino's Pizza locations planned at 1320 N. Hamilton nearby Gonzaga and at 604 S. Sullivan in Spokane Valley.

Laundry Land continues on in their location at the Shadle Park Shopping Center at 2215 W. Wellesley . At Shadle Park, Laundry Land offers state of the art washers and dryers in addition to TV's , free wifi, a/c and attendants that are always on duty. In addition to it being in a convenient location near Wal-Mart.

For more on Laundry Land, check- http://laundrylandspokane.com

And, for more info on Domino's Pizza, check- http://dominos.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Tuesday Morning store now open in Spokane Valley

Tuesday Morning has opened their newest store in our area. This new store can be found at Evergreen Crossing shopping center at 13808 E Indiana in Spokane Valley. The 12,500 square foot store looks to be replacing a smaller store in North Spokane.


Tuesday Morning is a Dallas based chain of stores that feature home decor, craft items, gifts, specialty foods and much more. They also have a location still open in Coeur d’ Alene. For more information on Tuesday Morning visit http://tuesdaymorning.com

Next door to Tuesday Morning on the only remaining empty space construction will start soon for a new Ulta Beauty store, which we’ll have more on that as that project progresses.


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