Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Large new Hampton Inn now open near Downtown Spokane

After some un-expected delays, like a fire during construction in the parking garage, the Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Downtown - South is now officially open for business. Opening to guests just a couple days before New Years.

The new hotel occupies a six story building at 675 S. McClellan St., on the back side of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and just blocks from Downtown Spokane. In fact the new hotel has some great views of Spokane's skyline and the surrounding area due to it's location directly on the Lower South Hill. The hotel was developed by Spokane South Medical,LLC , which is a part of the Spokane Valley based Hospitality Associates, Inc. which owns several hotels around the Western US and Alaska.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Spokane Downtown offers 109 guest rooms, including several suites. Additionally, meeting space is offered at the property with meeting rooms up to 1,071 square feet available to be rented.

Guests will enjoy free wifi, free parking, indoor pool, fitness center, business center, snack shop, complimentary breakfast and more. Room reservations are open now and available on the hotel's website -

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Here's what they're building in front of Hobby Lobby in Spokane Valley...

I've received a few questions about what will be going into the new building that many have noticed going up on a pad site along Indiana, directly in front of Hobby Lobby in Spokane Valley. After a bit of digging we have now successfully un-covered the plans for this new structure rising at 13910 E. Indiana Ave.

The building will be a small in-line strip mall type building with about 6000 square feet of space and 2 bays for new businesses. The larger of the 2 bays is already leased by Comcast and will become a new Xfinity store, like the one on N. Division near Northtown Mall.

The other bay is smaller at 2040 square feet and is now being marketed for lease by Kiemle Hagood. This space could be used for many types of businesses including a retail store or restaurant. The empty space has room for a small outdoor dining area so a new restaurant there is very possible and we are watching for any indication of exactly what will be there.

The available space is for lease at $34 per square foot NNN with a tenant improvement allowance as the space will be delivered in a shell state. For more information on bringing a business here contact Kiemle Hagood at 509-838-6541 or . This new building will also be a part of the much larger Evergreen Crossing shopping center, which also has space available via Kiemle Hagood ( of which we are not a part of... )

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Mod Pizza to open a location in Hillyard

The fast casual pizza chain Mod Pizza has a new location coming soon to Spokane. This will be the fifth location for the Bellevue based chain has opened in Spokane.

This new Mod Pizza will be located in the Hillyard Marketplace shopping center and will take over the space that was last a Starbucks and the adjoining empty unit at 3901 N. Market St. . The new restaurant will be in a little over 3000 square feet of space and will open for business sometime in June.

A Mod Pizza representative said at the present time this is the only new location planned to open in 2020 in the Spokane area. The company has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years with over 400 locations now open around the United States and the United Kingdom. Unlike traditional pizza chains Mod Pizza provides induvial pizzas made before the customer and heated rapidly in a 800 degree oven. 

For more information on Mod Pizza, visit their website

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Downtown's Fruci Building to be converted to Stay Alfred managed travel apartments

Something new is coming to Downtown Spokane's Fruci building at 218 N Bernard. The upper floors of the building have been empty after accounting firm Fruci & Associates moved to a building near the Spokane Arena a couple of years ago. But life is coming back to this space very soon.

Building permits are currently pending with the City of Spokane to remodel the building and convert floors 2-4 into a new use. These floors will become a total of 27 travel apartments of various sizes to be managed by the Spokane Valley based Stay Alfred. If all goes as planned the new apartments will be rentable on Stay Alfred's platform in time for Hoopfest this June.

This will be Stay Alfred's second property in Downtown Spokane in which they will offer their brand of apartment lodging. They also rent out a number of units within The M building aka the former Macy's building near River Park Square, in all however the company rents out thousands of urban apartments in 30+ cities.

The new rental units in the Fruci building will likely benefit from a close proximity to the Spokane Convention Center and the First Interstate Center for the Arts. The apartments will occupy the upper floors but the ground floor will remain as commercial space with current tenants being a Fedex Office and Spa Blue in the City.

Watch for construction work to begin in the near future and check for available rentals and more information about their company.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New ramen restaurant / boba tea place coming soon on Sullivan Rd.

A new ramen restaurant is coming soon to Spokane Valley. After some remodeling work, Kokoro Ramen will open at 509 N. Sullivan Rd. Ste E. The restaurant will be in the same strip mall as Gesa Credit Union and Eye Guys Optical among other businesses.

We have reached out to see when they plan to open but are waiting to hear back. The menu we've found however indicates a menu of delicious ramen, in addition to boba tea, milk teas and a selection of Japanese beers and more.

For more info on Kokoro Ramen, their website will be at

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Renovations planned for 120 N Wall in Downtown Spokane

Rendering provided courtesy of Trek Architecture.

Work is underway to renovate a Downtown building and bring new life back to the space. Developers are planning to do a top to bottom remodel at 120 N. Wall giving it a more modern look and a new use.

Plans call for commercial suites on the ground floor with new restaurants possibly taking the space. Floors 2-5 will be converted to apartments, with 21 residential units in all. Construction work will be done by TW Clark Construction, engeering by DCI Engineers and architectural design by Trek Architecture. The building permit values the project at $2,250,000.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Large new apartment complex planned near Spokane Valley Mall

In just a matter of a few years the area to the east of Spokane Valley Mall, in-between Sullivan Rd. and Flora Rd. has filled up with several larger apartment complexes. And, yet another is now in the works along Desmet Court across the street from the Providence Valley Health Park building.

The project is nicknamed the " Desmet Quarry Apartments " is to be developed by local developer Lanzce Douglass. Plans call for 304 rental units in 10 separate buildings at 16609 E. Desmet Ct. . Additionally the development will include 608 parking spaces, garages, a clubhouse and a pool.

Building permits have yet to be issued but a grading permit was issued earlier this month and SEPA application also was recently completed. The project will likely open sometime in 2020.

New shopping center planned on US 2 in Airway Heights

Airway Heights continues to fly high. The city actually has several commercial construction projects ongoing, but one such is a new shopping center planned to be directly along US 2.

Plans call for a new 15402 square foot building to be built at 11919 W. Sunset Hwy, on a vacant lot in-between KFC and First Interstate Bank. The building will be anchored by a 5100 square foot dental office operated by Josh Cochran of the Spokane Valley based Dr. C Family Dentistry. The remaining space will be available for lease, with many uses possible.

Four bays will be smaller at about 1800 square feet each and one bay on the end being larger at 3360 square feet and a drive through lane, implying we'll probably see a new restaurant or coffee shop opening there at some point.

The project is being marketed for lease by Kevin Edwards of Hawkins Edwards with info available by calling 509-838-8500 or visiting their website at