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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Big 5 Sporting Goods to open store by Spokane Valley Wal-Mart

Note: Due to not having complete information this article will likely be updated so keep checking back...

A couple of months ago I was alerted to a rumor that a Big 5 Sporting Goods location would be coming to the small shopping center directly in front of the original Spokane Valley Wal Mart store. Not only can I now confirm that, but also " coming soon " signs have already been posted at the site which is at 15735 E. Broadway Ave. #D1 & 2 .

The new Big 5 store will occupy a total of 13,450 square feet of space where both Hancock Fabrics & Downeast Basics clothing store once we're.

But, this is where we enter the currently unknown about this project. I've made a couple of attempts to contact Big 5 Sporting Goods for comment but have received nothing back yet. So, we don't have an estimated opening date or if this will be a separate store or just a relocation of their other Spokane Valley location. It is believed however this will be a separate store because it is some distance from the other.

Keep watching this article for more and for now if your looking for more information on Big 5, visit-

*If you have more information on this project, please email

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Northern Quest Resort & Casino announces major expansion

HUGE things are coming to the Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights. Today, the Casino announced a major expansion with several family friendly features , a luxury RV park and more retail / restaurants!

Despite the large scale of the expansion plans, Northern Quest even claims this will just be phase one, with even more big things on the horizon. Construction on this first phase of the expansion will start this Spring with a projected opening in early Spring of 2018. Plans we're designed locally by Parametrix and ALSC Architects . Here is a look at what the new expansion area will look like once opened next year-

Plans call for Northern Quest to add-

Cyber Quest - a family friendly arcade featuring about 70 non-violent games and attractions.

Kids Quest- an hourly children's entertainment center which will be open for all kids up to age 12 for kids to hang out and play while their adult family members are in the Casino, at concerts or out to dinner elsewhere on the Northern Quest property.

Northern Quest Food Court expansion- Already home the popular Fatburger & The Deli restaurants the food court area inside the main casino will be expanded for at least 2 more restaurants. They however just say the names of these restaurants will be announced later.

Retail store called Windfall- Windfall will be a 13,000 square foot retail store showcasing outdoor, home goods and fine gifts in a beautiful setting. Members of Northern Quest's Camas Club program will be able to redeem their points towards purchases at Windfall

Luxury RV resort- Northern Quest has partnered with Bud Surles a nationally recognized RV resort developer to open a RV resort on their property. It will be on a 17 acre parcel with 36 oversized standard sites and 29 pull through sites. Those without RV's can still stay in the new RV area as 19 " tiny home " style cottages will also be available for rent.

The new RV resort will be staffed by 24 people and even include an " amenity center " with features like a fitness center, guest laundry, a conference room and lounge area. Sports courts , a dog park and much more will also dot the site.

The new expansion will create hundreds of new jobs and add to the already existing world class casino, 14 restaurants and lounges and a 10 story hotel with 250 luxurious rooms and suites.

We hope to have even more info on this huge new expansion in the near future so stay tuned....

And, for more information on Northern Quest Resort & Casino, visit-

Update: Firehouse Subs IS coming to Spokane

Last week on this site I shared that a building permit had made it obvious Spokane would soon get a location of the growing Firehouse Subs chain. And, now thanks to the franchise owner who saw that post and promptly reached out to me, I can now confirm that indeed, Firehouse Subs is coming to Spokane.

The Jacksonville,FL based sandwich chain is working on a new location in the recently renovated former Apollo Spas building at 7808 N. Division. The new restaurant will occupy just over 2000 square feet in one of the four newly created bays of the building. The opening date isn't officially set but will be before June 1st and it will create jobs for 18-20 people.

At this time the N. Division St. site is the only one officially underway in the Spokane area. But, it likely won't be the only Firehouse Subs location we'll see here as the same franchisee holds the rights for the entire Spokane area up to the Idaho state line. He says there will likely be a second location coming sometime in 2018 and upwards of 4 Spokane area locations might even be possible.

Firehouse Subs has over 1300 locations under it's branding in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The chain is all about firefighters and other first responders . So much so that Firehouse Subs locations are decorated with a firefighter theme that includes fire fighting equipment and history / photos of the local fire departments in the communities they serve.

Firehouse Subs does have a good menu of both hot and cold subs, salads, kids meals and much more. But in addition to their food, Firehouse Subs is also committed to giving back to fire fighters by way of the companies Public Safety Foundation called the Firehouse Subs Foundation. The foundation has given out over $24 million dollars of fire station equipment, training and support. In fact they won't open in Spokane for some time yet and they have already started donating locally with the donation of an AED ( Automatic External Difribulator ) to the Spokane Police Department .

Catering service will be available upon request as will be some healthier options with some sandwiches and salads on the menu coming in under 500 calories. Online ordering will also be available on the site shown below, once the local location opens for business of course.

It should be noted that another sub sandwich restaurant did once operate in Spokane using a similar name. That business was Sparky's Firehouse Subs which had at one time 2 locations but was not a part of this chain, instead was a locally owned & operated business. Today they are still open near SCC but appear to have dropped the Firehouse part of their name and are now just Sparky's Subs.

For more information on Firehouse Subs, visit their web site at-

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New La Quinta Inn planned on the West Plains

Several new hotel and hotel remodeling projects are proposed all around the Inland Northwest, but a section of land off Geiger Blvd. south of Spokane International Airport is now home to two big hotel developments. One being the future Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites in development on the same site as the current Airway Express Inn ( that hotel would be demolished ).

But just southeast of the their in a newer industrial park type area another new hotel will soon rise at 4523 S. Dowdy Rd. just off of Geiger Blvd. . The new hotel will a franchise branded as a La Quinta Inn, a Irving,TX based hotel chain which already a few other locations around the region. The chain which was founded in the late 1960's has well over 800 locations in the United States and a couple of other countries.

There is no estimated opening date for this new La Quinta Inn on the West Plains but construction will likely start next month. The hotel will be a 4 story property with 55,000 square feet and 87 rooms , a few being suites. A yet to be named bar & restaurant will be on the same site as will meeting spaces , a continental breakfast area , indoor pool & spa , airport shuttle and a guest laundry.

This new hotel project is in a good spot, visible from I-90 and a short drive to the Airport. It's also in a good spot to attract business travelers with several employers in close proximity, including a couple rumored new manufacturing facility's nearby like the possible Spike Aerospace facility which Spokane is confirmed to be in the running for.

We'll keep an eye on when this new hotel might open. For more information the La Quinta Inn chain visit their website at-