Saturday, January 31, 2015

Argonne Road Safeway store to close?

Safeway's corporate customer service department won't say that it is true or not, but we've been told from a couple of in the know sources that a Spokane Valley Safeway store will close it's doors soon.

The store in question is the Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne Rd. just south of I-90. We're told that store's lease is up soon and they have chosen not to renew due to slowing sales. Some, if not all employees of the store will be able to take open positions at other Spokane area Safeway stores.

The Argonne Safeway closure is not a direct result of the chain's recent merger with Albertson's / Supervalu . However the Liberty Lake Safeway is involved in that sale, they will actually transfer to the Western Washington based Haggen grocery store chain. More on that here-

If my news is correct, the Argonne Rd. Safeway store will have it's last day in March.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Anthropologie coming to Spokane

The mystery tenant that will replace the current Mobius Science Center space has been leaked. Today, River Park Square's 809 Lofts LLC put in for a building permit to begin tenant improvements for Anthropologie .

There are no files attached to the building permit record, and it is only pending as of my writing this, so no construction activity is expected immediately, but surely will come soon.

The space is actually across the street from River Park Square at 811 W. Main Ave. and Mobius is actually still open for business at the space. However it was confirmed earlier that they will move out in March, to temporary space on the third floor of the Downtown Public Library building.

Anthropologie is a Philadelphia based chain of women's clothing / accessory's and home goods / d├ęcor stores. They are owned by the parent company Urban Outfitters

We will continue to update this post as we get more info on this new store. For more information on the company visit -

Thursday, January 29, 2015

North Spokane Sportsman's Warehouse opening date announced

A lot of people have been searching, and asking me what is going in behind the new Bruchi's, in the 6700 block of N. Division ( 6720 N. Division, to be exact ).

Well, in case you don't know yet. This large building is being remodeled for a new location of the Sportsman's Warehouse chain, based in Utah.

This new location marks a re-entry into the Spokane market after the chain sold area stores to Canadian based Wholesale Sports, who in turn went out of business in the local area. At one time Sportsman's Warehouse operated locations at Northtown Mall and on E. Indiana Ave in Spokane Valley.
This new North Spokane Sportsman's Warehouse will be take all of the almost 40,000 square foot building. They will also employ about 60 - 70 associates.
And, when will the new store open for business?
Turns out, this new store isn't far away from opening their doors to the public. We have found out that the store is scheduled to have a soft opening on Feb. 26th and a grand opening celebration to follow on Mar. 7th .
For those unfamiliar with Sportsman's Warehouse, here is what they can expect, provided by store manager Brian Carpenter -
"  Sportsman’s Warehouse serves outdoor enthusiasts, casual users and first time participants with quality brand-name hunting, fishing, and camping merchandise within a convenient shopping environment "
For more information on Sportsman's Warehouse, check them out online at-

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Slide The City coming to Spokane this Summer

An exciting, new event is coming to the Lilac City this Summer. And while they'll only be in town for a limited amount of time, it promises to a big event.

A travelling business called Slide The City travels around the nation each year with their massive 1,000 foot long slip n' slide style ride. The ride is usually set up on public city streets with an admission charge for each slider.

This year, that company, Slide The City will be stopping here in Spokane. The local event will be on Saturday July 18th 2015 at a yet to be determined local location .

Pricing to slide on the Slide The City slide varies and starts at $15.00 for a single person , single slide. Discounts are given for a "triple slide" which gives riders three slides. A VIP slide package is also available. Customers with the VIP slide will be allowed to slide on the slide an hour before and after the slide is open.

More info on the local event, including more specific pricing can be found at-

Indaba Coffee to open location in Downtown Spokane

The West Central neighborhood's anchor coffee shop, Indaba Coffee, will expand there reach soon with a new second location in the heart of Downtown Spokane.

The original location, which can be found at 1425 W. Broadway will remain open. And, the new location will open in the coming weeks / months in a first floor storefront in the Bennett Block building, corner of Main and Howard . The new Downtown Indaba Coffee will take a small space in between Mizuna and the former Spokane Exercise Equipment store.

The new location will employ 5 and will feature their single origin coffees and provide a venue for barista competitions. Here is exactly what to expect from Indaba from company owner and founder Bobby Enslow-

" We will be offering several coffee options for your espresso or pour over coffee. We also have some fun surprises for those really into specialty coffee. As we continue to pioneer specialty coffee in Spokane, people can expect to find unique coffee cocktails, spectacular hospitality, and the usual amazing cup of coffee. "

For more information on Indaba Coffee find them at-

Or via Facebook at-

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Table 13 will be a restaurant in the Grand Hotel Spokane

Those of you following along with my blog may remember me sharing renderings of what the completed Grand Hotel Spokane ( 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. ) will look like. At, that time I also shared a rendering of a new restaurant coming to Spokane called Table 13 which I had assumed would be in the hotel.

And, I have now confirmed that, Table 13 will in fact be a new restaurant planned to open within the new hotel tower. Likely on the first floor.

There is no word on a menu or employment figures, but we can assume this will be the upscale Italian restaurant we had heard was planned to be in the hotel. This is because Table 13 is modeled after developer Walt Worthy's favorite Italian restaurant in Palm Beach,Fla.

Here are the rendering of this new restaurant-

In addition to this confirmation of Table 13 opening at the Grand Hotel Spokane. We also recently found out rooms at the new hotel are now bookable via the Marriott web site at .
The Grand Hotel, along with sister hotel's The Davenport and Hotel Lusso are all part of the Marriott system but under a special branding for unique and/ or historic upscale hotels.

Room reservations on the Marriott web site is only available when booking in at least June 2015.  Room prices will vary but appear to be quite comparable to other mid to upscale hotels in Spokane.

We, have also heard the Grand Hotel will also have a Starbucks Coffee location, this part however has not yet been confirmed.

New business openings & closings - Jan 27th 2015

Sprocket Sport

Opening late last year is Sprocket Sport, a new motocross / dirt bike / ATV dealership in North Spokane. The business is located at 1819 E. Francis Ave.

The new business includes both bike sales and service.

Eyeguys Optical

Eyeguys Optical has expanded by opening a new location over the Idaho / Washington border in Spokane Valley also late last year. They also will continue to operate the original Eyeguys location in Hayden on Cornerstone Dr. .

This new Spokane Valley Eyeguys Optical is a full optometry office with an on site doctor and frame / contact sales and service.

The clinic is headed up by Dr. Anthony Lopez.

Northtown Insurance

And, in a reverse move of Eyeguys, The Spokane based Northtown Insurance will open a new agency location soon in Hayden.

This new office will open next month at 279 W. Prairie Shopping Center in the Prairie Crossing Shopping Center.

Additionally Northtown also operates locations in North Spokane ( by Northtown Mall ) , Spokane Valley ( inside of Spokane Valley Mall ) and Lake Stevens,Wa.

Latitude Aviation

A new flight school called Latitude Aviation is now open for business at the Coeur d' Alene / Pappy Boyington Field Airport in Hayden.

Hourly rates our offered for flight instruction and the school has two planes for it's students to use. Both flight and ground school are available and the school is officially located at behind the airport gates on Miles Rd. . Because of this customers will want to contact the school directly first via this web site-

Malloy Safety & Supply

Malloy, a supplier of safety products has set up shop in 5,000 square feet of space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park's building 100. The Park is located at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.

Orthopedic Specialty Institute

The Coeur d' Alene based Lyman Knee Clinic has changed into the Orthopedic Specialty Institute and opened a new location on Spokane's Lower South Hill

The clinic which is called OSI for short officially opened in Spokane on Jan 5th and can be found at 26 E. 5th Ave by the Division / 5th Ave intersection. Also, the Coeur d' Alene clinic location is still in business at 1875 N. Lakewood Suite 200.

OSI offers specialists for knees, hand / wrist / forearm and sports medicine.

Good x Cmpny

A new street wear clothing store in now open in Downtown Spokane. The business has a unique name and great location at 920 W. 1st Ave. in the same building as The Knitting Factory concert house.

Good x Cmpny sells everything from shirts / pants, etc... to accessories like hats.

School Employees Credit Union of Washington

The Spokane branch of School Employees Credit Union of Washington will move to a space in Spokane Valley. The credit union will occupy for first and third floors of the building at 5123 E. Third Ave.

This new branch will replace their current location and will be much bigger then the current Spokane office.

Mechanic's Pride Tire & Automotive

The Downtown Spokane location of Mechanic's Pride Tire & Automotive will reopen soon in a new home.

The business is being bumped out of their current location on W. 3rd Ave. to make way for the expansion of Larry H. Miller Lexus. The business will move into what was formerly Rohrer's Select Cars at 1126 W. Second.

The new location will be bigger then the original and still keeping with all of the same services offered at the location on 3rd.

Mechanic's Pride's location in Spokane Valley remains open and operating out of the same location as before, 523 N. Pines Rd.