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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Donut Parade to re-open!

There have been some rumors lately that the Spokane landmark, The Donut Parade, might be reopening. And, now our friends over at KREM 2 News have confirmed this and they even have the scoop on what the newly revamped Donut Parade will include. Even though it sounds like it will still be largely the same as before!

Here’s there story from the KREM 2 YouTube page, we’ll try to get a story of our own closer to when they open.

At Home to open a store in Coeur d' Alene

Soon the At Home chain will have 2 places to call home in the Inland Northwest. Earlier this year it was confirmed that At Home will be opening in a part of the former N. Division Costco building. That store is supposed to open sometime around April of this year and will soon after be joined by a Texas Roadhouse and another yet to be named tenant.

But, that won't be the only store in our area for the Texas based chain. The company will also begin construction soon to convert the former Kmart store in Coeur d' Alene into another At Home store. The store will occupy the entire building, meaning the store will be about 87,400 square feet or a similar size to the planned Spokane store. The Coeur d' Alene store will open sometime later this year, we will update when we know a more exact date.

Improvements will also be done to the site, including a full renovation of the area that was Kmart's garden center. That space will not be part of the At Home store but will instead be a multi tenant commercial space for retail and restaurants. The main building will also be largely updated.

At Home is a Plano,TX based chain of big box stores that carry over 50,000 unique items including furniture, garden, housewares, rugs, home décor and a lot of seasonal merchandise. They consider themselves " The Home & Holiday Décor Superstore ". They are adding new stores rapidly but a recent count showed them at about 600 stores. These will be the first At Home stores to come to our area however.

For more information on At Home, check out their website at-

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spokesman Review to relocate printing operations to Spokane Valley

Soon the Spokesman Review will no longer be printed in Downtown Spokane, like it has been for so many years. The Spokesman's owner Cowles Co. recently announced that all printing will be shifted to a new facility in the 19000 block of E. Euclid, close to the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The move will likely happen around the end of the year with all 70+ employees keeping their jobs.

The new Spokane Valley Spokesman Review facility will also house a newly purchased smaller, more versatile printing press. The hope is that they can expand their outside printing contracts as the new press is able to print more efficiently and at times in smaller batches.

A key part of the Spokesman's move is freeing up the prime Downtown spaces for new uses. Currently the Spokesman Review is printed a huge 168,000 square foot building on Monroe St, just steps away from some of Spokane's best shops and dining. They say the building could be easily converted into breweries, restaurants or retail. Although there are no plans set just yet as the facility will still be printing the newspaper throughout much of 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Shopko to close remaining Spokane / Valley stores

A couple of weeks ago Green Bay,WI based Shopko filed for bankruptcy. And, while the retail chain expects to continue operating they have added several more stores to their planned closure list, including all of the remaining Spokane area stores.

Here are the Spokane Shopko stores set to close and their estimated last day-

4515 S Regal - March 2nd ( store closure announced earlier this year)

9520 N Newport Hwy - May 5th

13414 E Sprague - May 12th

At this point the Shopko store in Coeur d’ Alene appears to be unaffected. No word on what may replace any of these stores.

Wild Birds Unlimited to open on the South Hill

Wild Birds Unlimited is coming to Spokane with a new franchise location opening soon. The new store will be opening sometime this Spring and will be a tenant at the Lincoln Heights shopping center on 29th.

Wild Birds Unlimited actually already has several locations in the region, including one in Coeur d' Alene, but this will be the chain's first Spokane location.

Wild Birds Unlimited is a growing Indiana based retail chain with over 300 stores in the US and Canada. Their stores sell a large selection of bird seed, bird feeders and other bird related supplies.

For more info on Wild Birds Unlimited, visit their website at