Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work starting for new Carl's Jr. on Northwest Blvd.

Carl's Jr. is continuing to expand their presence in Spokane. The California based fast food chain, via a Boise based franchisee have started work on another new location, this time in front of the former Albertson's store on Northwest Blvd. in-between Maple & Ash. This is latest phase of re-development for that site as the formerly abandoned grocery store has now been split and recently re-opened as a Planet Fitness gym and a Goodwill store / donation center.

Carl's Jr. also recently opened a new location in the 1200 block of N. Division on the site of the former National Furniture store. That makes this new planned location their tenth location in the Inland Northwest.

The new location will sit right at the corner of Northwest Blvd. and Maple , directly across from where a Jack in the Box location opened in 2015. The restaurant will take space that had been used as a parking lot for the Goodwill / Planet Fitness .The new Carl's Jr. will be 2,430 square feet with a drive thru lane and space for about a dozen cars to park ( excluding the spaces next door at the main building ).

Most people already know what Carl's Jr. is so I won't go to in depth into that except to mention that the company was founded some 75 years ago as a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. Today their parent company ( CKE Restaurants ) has almost 1400 locations branded as Carl's Jr and follows it's sister brand Hardee's almost exactly in menu offerings / pricing / policies, etc... .

For more information on Carl's Jr. , visit their website at-

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Global Neighborhood Thrift moves processing center, expands store

Just like it says on their website, Global Neighborhood Thrift is more then just a thrift store. The store, which stands at 902 W. Indiana, by the corner of Indiana & Monroe is operated as a venture of Global Neighborhood. Global Neighborhood is a non profit 501c3 community benefit organization that is locally based. They use the store to provide former refugees opportunities and even in many cases employment within the store. So, it always makes me feel good to report on a place doing good expanding!

Their site on Indiana had housed both the main store and a processing center for merchandise and incoming donations. But due to growth Global Neighborhood has purchased a separate site and recently moved all processing center operations over to the new building. The new processing center has about 17,000 square feet of space and is located at the corner of 3rd & Sherman (323 S. Sherman), just east of Downtown. The new processing center also opens up the non-profit for future developments.

And with the Processing center gone from the Global Neighborhood Thrift's main center it is allowing them to expand their open to the public retail store. The thrift store will be expanding it's furniture offerings and opening a new furniture outlet in the space that the processing center had occupied. The new furniture outlet I'm told is already open for business, although they are always open to donations.

In addition to furniture, Global Neighborhood Thrift is a full service thrift store with clothing , shoes, housewares, electronics and more. And, of course like any thrift store, pricing is significantly lower then the mainstream stores.

For more information on Global Neighborhood Thrift, visit-

And, for more information on Global Neighborhood, the non-profit itself, visit-

H&M to open store at Northtown Mall

Looks like the Sweden based " fast-fashion " retailer H&M is planning to have a second store in the Spokane market sometime later this year. There isn't a set opening date but construction permits are currently pending for a H&M location in Northtown Mall. The chain's other Spokane store opened in late 2012 and remains open on the first floor of Spokane Valley Mall.

H&M will occupy a section on the second floor of Northtown Mall, near Macy's and by the portion of the mall that underwent renovations recently. A local retailer , The Comic Book Store, had previously been in the area the will be remodeled for H&M but that store was moved a few weeks ago in preparation for this then un-named chain retailer. The Comic Book Store is still on the mall's second floor but now located in-between the food court and Kohl's.

Store size , amount of employees and opening date will be updated as we get them....

H&M is a trendy chain of retail stores selling men's , women's , teen and children's clothing and accessories at prices often marked lower then most other mall based businesses. H&M ( which stands for Hennes & Mauritz ) is based in Stockholm, Sweden and today operates about 4000 stores in 62 countries. It is one of just a few primarily mall based retailers that are still in an expansion mode.

H&M has also been rumored to be interested in opening a store in Downtown Spokane and with the recent renovations to "The M" it appeared possible. But, with this news it seems unlikely that we will see a Downtown H&M, but there is nothing confirmed yet...

For more information on H&M , visit their website at-

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New business openings & closings- Facebook edition- Jun. 15th

Here is a look at some of the latest new businesses to open or close in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area...

Why is it the Facebook edition? because these are the businesses that I have shared on our Facebook page ( ) since the last time I did one of these posts. Many new business get write ups on the main website, but sometimes, for various reasons they only get mention on our social media pages. So if you not already following us... drop everything... go to and click the like button!

Oh, and don't forget we're on Instragram too @Spokane_business . I promise I'm going to do more on Instagram soon!

Pine Valley Ranch , an apartment complex on Pines Rd. just south of 32nd is now pre-leasing their second phase which will be ready for residents to move into soon.

Green's Fresh Market coming soon to Hillyard announced their grand opening will be June 19th. I actually did do a full post about their new business which can be found by searching on the top of the page. Pretty cool new market featuring local produce, foods and a lot more coming.

Lilac City Acupuncture, PLLC is now open for business at 2925 N Monroe St.

Tsunga Northwest Arts is planning to open a unique new art gallery at 1114 S. Perry. They hope to be partiality open for business in time for South Perry Street Fair on July 15th.

Idaho Youth Ranch has opened a new thrift store outlet at 6240 E. Commerce Loop in Post Falls. They also still have full thrift stores open in Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.

Beyoutiful Bath Bombs & More has opened for business in the Northtown Mall. They took over the former Yankee Candle store space near the center of the mall on the first floor. While they do sell bath bombs, they actually have a store packed full of other great things including candles from Valley Candles. Many of their items are locally produced! Go them!

YogaJoy announced they will open for business on July 14th. They are, of course, a yoga studio that is going into a space at 12501 N. Division ( in Wandermere )

Rustic which is a quick service restaurant serving several different choices from panini's to pizza and more has opened business at 309 E. Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Hardcore Suppliments which is a retail store focusing on suppliments, primarily for fitness and bodybuilding has began work on opening a new store in Downtown Spokane in the Peppertree Plaza building at 2 W. Third Ave. They will also keep the store they have open now in North Spokane.

Inland Curry a branch off of Sandpoint's Curry in a Hurry started serving authentic Indian dishes out of the commercial kitchen space in the Spokane Women's Club building at 1428 W. 9th . At this time the meals are only available for pick up on Thursdays and pre-ordering is encouraged.

  Stolen Images Photography is now open for business in SoDo Spokane at 301 W. 2nd Ave.

Lucky Vintage & Pretty Things has re-located to a new space on the same road they we're on. Their new address is 1930 S. Inland Empire Way.

Peace of Mind has expanded and opened a new location on the South Hill. That new store can be found at 2808 E. 30th Ave.

Old Joe Clark's which is the old time style photo studio in the Flour Mill has a new owner and they have moved to the Valley. They can now be found at 21 S. Thierman Rd.

Beau Monde Clothing Outlet will be a new discounted / clearance type store of the popular Beau Monde Exchange clothing store in Hayden. The clothing outlet is being set up now and will open soon at 406 W. Neider ( shopping center with Dollar Tree / Grocery Outlet ) .

Clark's Fork a new restaurant that has expanded to Spokane from Bozeman,MT is now open on the ground floor of the Matilda Building at 1028 N. Hamilton. Clark's Fork has breakfast, sandwiches, pastries and more. 

Titan Fitness is now open for business across the street from Northtown Mall at 112 E. Wellesley.

Findlay Auto Group has taken over the former Consignment Furniture space in Post Falls and has since opened the Findlay Value Lot there.

Dutch Bros. Coffee is building a new location in the Valley nearby the corner of Sprague & Mullan / Argonne.

Wildflowers Vintage is now open for business in Millwood at 3201 N Argonne Rd.

Little Kyoto a new Japanese style restaurant that features a good sized selection of Sushi rolls is now open for business in Hayden at 11050 N. Government Way.

Pal Outlet is a new small pet supply store now open in Spokane Valley at 1439 N. Argonne Rd.

RC Addicts is a new retailer specializing in Remote Control cars and the like. They are now open at 14109 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Vitamin & Mineral is a new vitamin / supplement store now open at 12623 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Balboa Capital has opened up a new office in Kendall Yards. They can be found below the Windermere real estate offices there.

Inthreadz is a new local tailoring business that growing quickly. They opened in Coeur d' Alene a few months ago and are now open on the South Hill of Spokane at 3022 E. 57th Ave suite 16. I'm also told they have plans to add locations in Downtown Spokane and Airway Heights coming up.

The Coffee Market a local retailer of coffee accessories such as flavors,etc to both coffee stands and the public... has re-located to a new space at 2623 W. Seltice Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Tails Foundation is setting up shop on their new, significantly larger thrift store space that now will include a community center area in Coeur d' Alene. The store will be at 3513 W. Seltice Way .

American Family Insurance- Jana Pool Agency is planning to re-locate their offices to the newly built shopping center at the corner of Cecil & Mullan in Post Falls.

Black Wolf Gaming Center has unfortunately closed their doors. They had been at 14208 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley

Cricket Wireless is planning a new store in the Shadle Park Shopping Center at 2401 W. Wellesley Suite 102

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A new tenant for the former JC Penney store at U City?

U City Mall, the actual enclosed mall portion, is now long gone. Demolition cleared the actual mall section away a couple of years ago after in became obvious re-development likely would not happen with the building falling into dis-repair after being rarely used since it was shut down. The anchor store spaces however remain.

The building that housed the Valley location of The Crescent is now only partly used by a private place called Group Photographers Association who acts primarily as a photo lab for youth sports photographers. The eastern end however has a few tenants including Rosauer's but it is in more of a strip mall type set up.

Towards the middle remains the last completely empty former anchor store of U City, the former JC Penney store. And, it looks like it won't be empty too much longer, although don't get too terribly excited as the tenant isn't a new store or a new restaurant, it's U Haul who appears to be planning on remodeling the structure into a large 3 story ( including basement ) indoor storage facility. This would likely be similar to U Haul's other indoor storage complex they own in Coeur d' Alene visible from I-90 near the US 95 exit.

They are currently still developing their plans but it appears they plan to use the entire building which has about 42,000 square feet of space on each floor. This would make way for many storage units of varying sizes all with interior rows allowing access to only those with clearance , an added security feature over the outdoor mini storage centers.

A 2000 square foot showroom area is also shown in the plans on the northeast side of building, likely to manage the storage units and probably to rent U Haul trucks. The southwest side of the building also features a 4500 +/- square foot space for U Haul's U Box program which is similar to Pods. The U Box boxes would be stacked 2 high by employees in this small warehouse area.

We'll keep an eye on this project and also noteworthy is U City's site is also becoming the home of the Spokane Valley city hall with that building under construction and starting to look pretty nice. We'll have more on that likely in the future.

For more information on U Haul and the services they already offer at a handful of locations around Spokane, visit their web site at-

European Wax Center to set up first area location in Spokane Valley

European Wax Center, a large chain of waxing studios is coming soon to the Spokane area. This news comes as a franchisee of the company has secured a lease on a 1900 square foot storefront at 506 N. Sullivan Rd suite E in Spokane Valley. This is in the same strip mall as a Starbucks and the UPS store, the lease was arranged by Steven Pohl & Drew Ulrick of NAI Black.

The European Wax Center company is based in Hallandale Beach, Fl. and has over 800 locations in 41 states. This will be their first ever location in the Inland Northwest, however they do already have locations around Portland and Southern Idaho.

As the name implies the business does waxing, waxing of all sorts and says they are " revealing beautiful skin " . They also offer a Wax Pass, allowing customers to pre-pay for their waxing services. But, of course they also take single appointments as well.

In addition to waxing, European Wax Center also sells a line of brow, body and skin care items under the Strut 365 brand name. This new business opening also will likely create a few new jobs but it doesn't appear that hiring has started as of my writing this.

For more information on European Wax Center, visit-

Monday, June 12, 2017

Basin Feed & Supply coming to Cheney

The Del's Feed and Farm Supply chain has closed up shop in Cheney, but the building that housed the store won't be empty long as another business has come forward and announced they are planning a store there. The new business is also in a very similar industry just a more local company.

Basin Feed & Supply, which currently operates stores in Moses Lake & Kennewick will open a new store in the former Del's building with no opening date set just yet, although Basin Feed is already working on setting up shop. The new business will occupy the entire 18,000+ square foot building at 2222 W. 1st and will sell the same products as their other 2 locations.

Basin Feed & Supply sells a large selection of farm and ranch supplies with cattle being a big focus for the company. They also have dog & cat food and the Kennewick store does trailer sales although they don't mention if that portion of the business will be offered in Cheney.

The business doesn't seem to have one main website but keep and eye out on this site and our Facebook page for more information in the near future.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Proposed Hayden Medical Plaza to rise, along with multi-level apartment building in Hayden

The City of Hayden, like much of America is aging and with an influx of new residents moving into the small North Idaho city the demands for health care are growing. This is major reasoning behind a new development now being proposed by Spokane based developer K.D. Hull Corp. who is the same group behind Spokane's Iron Bridge Office Campus.

The development is being called the Hayden Medical Plaza and will consist of a two story, 59,000 square foot modern office building with both an above ground parking lot and a  underground parking garage below the building able to park 166 cars.

This office building will rise at 8521 N. Wayne Dr , just off of Government Way and just south of Honeysuckle Ave. Currently there are no tenants announced for the site but marketing and leasing work is underway with the plans being in place to open the doors the building in 2018.

Further north on Wayne Dr. however is another development that will tie in well with the Hayden Medical Plaza plan. K. D. Hull Corp. also plans to build a new building called Honeysuckle Senior Living on the southeast corner of Wayne Dr. and Honeysuckle. This facility will be a new senior housing option and while it is not a high rise it will surely dominate the skyline of Hayden's city center. That's because Honeysuckle Senior Housing will be a six story, 20,000 square foot (per floor ) complex with an underground parking garage just like the Hayden Medical Plaza building. In all this new senior apartment building will have about 70 apartments with the ground floor set aside for activity areas and a pool.

The entire development also boasts quite the location, being just a short drive east of US 95 and the Hayden Wal Mart and an easy trip south into Coeur d' Alene. Several restaurants , stores, banks, etc.. also dot the development's immediate area.

For more information on leasing office space at the Hayden Medical Plaza contact Kiemle & Hagood Company at

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Biscuit Wizard coming to Downtown Spokane

In case you haven't heard, Mediterrano a quick service restaurant from local business person and icon Shahrokh Nikfar has closed it's doors. However his other business, a coffee shop called Caffe Affogato also in Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main remains open for business.

But just like magic another new eatery is coming to the small space being vacanted by Mediterrano. We're learning it will be called The Biscuit Wizard and will be an operation of another well known local name, Chef Jeremy Hansen who already owns the Common Crumb Bakery also in the Saranac Commons building, among a couple of other local resturants.

The plans for The Biscuit Wizard are still being brewed up so watch for updates on it in the coming weeks.  However Chef Hansen did elude to what the new space might be in a recent article to my competition over at the Spokesman Review. He told them that the menu will likely be biscuits in the morning, sausage burgers at night plus street food style bites and walk away smorgasbord items.

Since this is a developing story keep watching this page to see what else Chef Hansen has up his sleeve for The Biscuit Wizard....

Fleet Feet Sports coming to Kendall Yards

We're learning of yet another retail tenant planning to open up shop at Kendall Yards. This time it's Fleet Feet Sports, a sports retailer that focuses primarily on the running scene with footwear, appeal , sports bras and more. Fleet Feet is a small chain, but operated under a local operator and many will note they already have a couple of stores already in our area. This includes a store at 1303 N. Washington St. just east of Spokane Arena which, we assume, will relocate to Kendall Yards instead of operating both so close together.

We are just learning of this plan to open at Kendall Yards so please watch for more updates about when they plan to open, size of store,etc... . However we will leave with this video posted recently on YouTube by Uptic Studios, showing what the new store will look like -

It appears the store will take a portion of the currently under construction " bluff building " next door to Spa Paradiso on Kendall Yards' main street, Summit Pkwy. They will also soon be joined by Maryhill Winery who also plans a tasting room for the their award winning wines in the same building. Chaps Diner & Bakery is also planning a small coffee shop just feet to the east of their planned store site called Paper & Cup.

Keep watching for updates and for more information on Fleet Feet Sports, visit their web site at-

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