Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Rite Aid opens in Spokane Valley

While not a traditional Rite Aid store with pharmacy and full store, there is a brand new Rite Aid store now open in Spokane Valley.

The new Rite Aid is actually located within the recently opened Providence Spokane Valley Health Park on DeSmet Ct. just east from the I-90 / Sullivan Rd. exit. More info on the new health park and it's many, many medical offices check this former INBW posting-

The Rite Aid is located in suite C1301 of the health park. The new location is a full service pharmacy to fill prescriptions and does have a small selection of over the counter medications. But other then a selection of snacks and drinks it does not have the shopping options of the majority of Rite Aid stores.

While this new Rite Aid is limited, Spokane, like many other cities around the country have many locations of the chain. Locally all other locations remain open.

The Rite Aid inside of the Providence Health Park is open every day from 8am -8pm . For more information call the store directly at 509-926-6400 or look up the company's web site at-


Monday, August 18, 2014

Spirit Halloween opening for the 2014 season in the INW

When the signs go up on local vacant storefronts for the Spirit Halloween chain you know fall is near. And as I write this it's still obviously Summer, but the Spirit signs are now up around Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.

And those stores are also now hiring, information on jobs with Spirit in our area is at the bottom of this post.

So, here is where Spirit Halloween will be opening their mid box Halloween superstores this year-

Spokane - University District / Downtown Spokane
1233 N. Division St

North Spokane
7704 N. Division St.

Spokane Valley
15530 E. Sprague Ave.

Coeur d' Alene
131 W. Neider Ave.

These locations will be opening soon, probably either at the end of August or the first part of Sept. . Spirit Halloween is New Jersey based company this actually a division off of Spencer's Gifts. The chain also sells their Halloween costumes , novelties and d├ęcor online year round on their web site-


Info on jobs with Spirit Halloween can be found on-


Sunday, August 17, 2014

ESPN coming to Downtown Cheney during EWU game

Aug 23rd is the opening game for Eastern Washington University Eagles Football. That game will be on Saturday versus Sam Houston State and WILL be aired on ESPN, something that doesn't happen every day for the City of Cheney,Wa.

In addition to game coverage on the national cable sports channel, some extra coverage and events will be happening nearby the stadium over in Downtown Cheney. If you own a business in Downtown Cheney or even just want to come out a support the great local businesses that dot Downtown you'll defiantly want to check out all of these happenings.

Here is the information on the tailgating event coming to Downtown Cheney this weekend, info provided by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce ( http://westplainschamber.org/ )-

Name: TailGating Starts Here Cheney Merchants Assn
Date: August 23, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Event Description:
Join the Cheney Merchants Association at a Downtown Cheney Tailgate party, and help us promote Cheney on National Television.  

Colin Cowherd with ESPN will be Downtown Cheney.

1st Street will CLOSED to traffic from Farmer's Insurance to the Mason Jar.

Local restaurants will be offering a "Red Special" breakfast and drink specials.


Breakfasts available at Eagles Pub and Rokko's

Drawing for two tickets to the August 23rd game.

The City of Cheney is renaming 1st Street ESPN Avenue for the day.

All are welcome!

All Cheney businesses are encouraged to decorate their windows and buildings.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grocery Outlet opening a store in Spokane Valley

Just like many other big chains right now, Grocery Outlet is planning to increase their presence in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area.

The Berkley, CA. based chain of discount grocery stores will soon open a new location in Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Grocery Outlet store will be located in the same shopping center as Value Village by the intersection on Sprague and Pines. The new store's address will be 12115 E. Sprague Ave.

The new Spokane Valley Grocery Outlet will have about 14,000 of sales floor space. And on that sales floor will be all the regular grocery departments including grocery, frozen, etc... . This location, as with Grocery Outlet as a whole sells their merchandise for often way less then a traditional grocery store like Safeway or even Winco . They do this buy purchasing overstocks, closeouts and the like.

The new store will be staffed by around 20 - 30 employees, which will be new jobs for the City of Spokane Valley.

The opening date for this new grocery store will be Sept. 18th at 8am and a official grand opening will follow on Saturday Sept. 20th at 8am.

Grocery Outlet is a growing chain of bargain grocery stores, the company was founded all the way back in the 1940's. Today the company operates almost 200 locations a handful of those are already here in the Inland Northwest. Here are the local locations, which will also remain open-

Downtown Spokane - 1617 W. 3rd Ave

North Spokane - 7810 N. Division St.

East Central Spokane - 4210 E. Sprague Ave.

Coeur d' Alene - 410 W. Neider Ave.

For more information on Grocery Outlet visit their web site at -


Also follow the Spokane Valley Grocery Outlet on Facebook at-


HobbyTown USA relocates to new larger store in Spokane

The Spokane franchise of the HobbyTown USA chain has moved and is now open in a new larger and perhaps more noticeable location. But even with the move, the store is still in North Spokane and in fact just a short distance from their old location.

HobbyTown USA was located in a shopping center directly at The Y, but can now be found at 9632 N. Newport Hwy in the Northpointe Shopping Center. The new location at Northpointe has much more space for selling their merchandise which includes products for most any hobby including RC cars, gaming , model railroading and much much more. Also the store has a variety of science and educational products.

And as we mentioned HobbyTown USA sells products for gaming and has had a gaming area before but now with the new location the store has added a second in-store gaming area. One area for tabletop games and another for sitting games like Magic the Gathering.

This new store opened back in the middle of July and has since enjoyed much success at the new store. Store owner June Hobson even tells me that about half of the customers coming thru the front doors since the move, have been new to the store.

The new HobbyTown store also did create a few new jobs for Spokane. The business has hired on 4 new employees and is still hiring as of writing this.

HobbyTown USA is franchised chain of stores that was founded in the 1980's . This location is the only location in the Inland Northwest, however other stores can be found all around the nation in addition to online shopping on the companies web site.

For more info on the Spokane HobbyTown visit their web site at-


Or find them on Facebook at-


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Love @ First Bite Desserts opens in new location

After a short break, Spokane Valley's Love @ First Bite Desserts is opening back up in their new location tomorrow , Aug. 13th. Here is the posting will all the detail's from the business's Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/LOVE-FIRST-BITE-DESSERTS/175196759163823?sk=timeline )...

" We will open our doors again tomorrow. Our new address is 14401 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, next to Once Upon a Child across the street from Rockwood clinic.

Thank you for all the wonderful, loving and encouraging messages many of you left us in the past few weeks.I didn't expect that. Your love, compassion, kindness and support towards me (Monica) and my business has been incredibly amazing and has always given me the desire to continue on growing.
I couldn't ask for better customers and friends. I miss you and can't wait to see you all at 8am tomorrow Wednesday the 13th!!... Let's get baking!! "

In it's few years of operation Love @ First Bite has gathered a good sized following, including this blogger. The new location will be larger and is remodeled and completely redecorated, we have yet to see the store in person but are sure this new location will be a great addition to Spokane area's bakery scene.

Love @ First Bite Desserts specializes in cupcakes, with many flavors made fresh daily. In addition the business also does custom cakes and some other delicious sweets.

I highly recommend checking out Love @ First Bite at their new location, 14401 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. For more information about the business visit their web site at-


Or via Facebook at-


Monday, August 11, 2014

New resturant coming to former N. Division A&W

If your following along with us here on Inland Northwest Business Watch, you've noticed the news we posted earlier today about the site plan for the new Sportsman's Warehouse project in North Spokane. And while all that news is exciting and shows promise for that kind of depressed, formerly abandoned commercial site. We actually have even more news for the same neighborhood as another long term vacancy is about to be filled.

The former A&W fast food chain restaurant at 6730 N. Division has been acquired and is planned to have a major remodel before re-opening as a new location of a Spokane based restaurant chain. In case you need a reminder, here is a look at the former A&W...

(Photo from the Bruchi's Facebook page at - https://www.facebook.com/Bruchis )

That chain is Bruchi's , a well known, Spokane based chain of cheesesteak and sub restaurants. We asked about when this new Bruchi's might open but are still waiting to hear back from the chain's staff. I'll share that info as soon as I hear. (See  update below )

This new location also has a filed liquor license for beer and wine sales. Bruchi's also operated a location in the same neighborhood near the Franklin Park Commons shopping center. That location went out of business late last year and has since re-opened as a independent Philly fast food restaurant called Phillylicious.

Bruchi's has numerous locations around the Northwest including a handful in the Spokane area. For more info about the company visit-


Or find them on Facebook at-


Update August 11th 7:30pm PST-

The new Bruchi's will be opening or about October 1st.