Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Business & Development Map!

On this site you'll still find posts about new businesses & developments coming to Spokane / Coeur d' Alene. But, after a short time these posts disappear into the endless pages of " previous posts" , but now if your coming here to find out about a particular construction site you can use this handy dandy Google Map of most everything I've posted about recently....

Note: not all of the construction project or new business locations will be listed on here but I will do my best to keep it up to date and add new projects as I know of them.

And, don't forget new business postings are still on this site, just scroll down!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Umpqua Bank likely relocating Downtown branch to across from River Park Square

Umpqua Bank, the Portland based financial institution that acquired the Spokane based Sterling Bank a couple years ago is evidentially making plans to relocate their Downtown Spokane branch to more visible location.

Umpqua itself claims they have " no updates now, but will have more to share soon " for me about this branch move but we have uncovered evidence of their plans. Umpqua Bank will move into the former Bergman Luggage storefront on the main floor of the Crescent Court building at 707 W. Main,  directly across W. Main from River Park Square and the Apple Store.

The move will not only align the Downtown Umpqua Bank to be more visible and in a position with more foot traffic, but will also give the bank more space. The planned branch location will have 2645 square feet of space and a walk up ATM facing Main. However due to the lack of an official announcement from Umpqua as of yet we have no opening date yet. We are also left wondering what will become of the current Downtown Umpqua Bank location at Wall St & Riverside by the STA plaza, where Sterling's former flagship branch once was.

Umpqua Bank is a publicly traded bank ( Nastaq : UMPQ ) held by their parent Umpqua Holdings Corporation. The bank operates around 400 bank branches all around Oregon, Washington , Nevada and California . For more information on Umpqua Bank visit their website at-

N. Monroe Shari's planned to be replaced by a new Burger King

I think many people hoped the now out of business former Shari's restaurant location at 1829 N. Monroe would someday re-open as a similar diner style restaurant. But, while it looks like this won't happen, it does look like the now abandoned corner of N. Monroe & W. Indiana will soon come back to life... this time with fast food.

Property owner Lloyd Torgenson has filed a" pre-development conference " agenda with the City of Spokane for plans to demolish the Shari's building. After the demo the lot would be prepped for a new Burger King franchise. Since the development is still in the planning phase there is no planned opening date for the new Burger King, but if the new location on Division near Northtown Mall is any indication the project will be speedy.

Plans for the new N. Monroe Burger King call for a standard single story fast food style restaurant building with dine in and a drive though. The building would run parallel to N. Monroe with the front facing W. Indiana and a rear entrance on W. Nora. Plans call for the building to be a little over 4000 square feet in total ( 920 square feet of that being the indoor dining area ). The plan also currently calls for 900 square foot children's play area. A new surface parking lot would also be added to the site on the western side.

The building has sat empty for roughly the last 3 years since the Shari's CafĂ© & Pies franchise closed. This was the only Spokane are Shari's to close as they continue to be open for business at 5602 N. Division , 12502 N. Division & 320 N. Sullivan ( Spokane Valley )

For more information on Burger King find them online at  

Monday, June 27, 2016

King of Ramen opens in University District

Spokane has a new casual dining option for getting that ever tasty bowl of ramen. This as King of Ramen held their soft opening just a few days ago at their restaurant, located in the strip mall at the corner of N. Division & E. Mission , next to the Cricket cell phone dealer ( 1601 N. Division St. , Suite D ) .
King of Ramen is small ramen restaurant will just over 1,500 square feet of space and is locally owned and operated. The exact menu is still being worked out based on customer suggestions but will have several ramen soup options in addition to a full bar offering.

The restaurant says they have spent hours testing and searching for just the right ingredients for recipes for authentic traditional ramen that is adapted to the " American palate " . Their soups are boiled for hours and contain natural ingredients and no MSG.

For more information on King of Ramen , visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-


Thursday, June 23, 2016

MetroPCS adding stores all over Spokane & Coeur d' Alene

MetroPCS is coming to the Inland Northwest. But, while the MetroPCS cell phone service has worked in most of the Spokane area for some time there has been little local retail store presence . That is until now, as a couple of authorized dealers have opened / will soon open MetroPCS branded cell phone stores in most every corner our region.

Here is where to find the currently already announced area MetroPCS stores ( some are open, others are coming, check ahead )-

220 Ironwood Dr. Coeur d' Alene,ID

12012 E. Sprague Ave. # B Spokane Valley,WA

1519 N. Pines Rd. Spokane Valley,WA

Kiosk inside the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave. Spokane,WA

2926 S. Regal St. Spokane,WA

2424 1st Ave Cheney,WA

5903 N. Division St. Spokane,WA

3923 N. Market St. Spokane,WA

MetroPCS is a national cell phone carrier that merged with T-Mobile in 2012 but remains a separate brand. The merger was to help the Texas based company to better compete with the bigger national cell phone carriers.

The company provides service via T-Mobile's huge national 4G network with data plans and deals on new phones and new lines of service.

For more information on MetroPCS stop in to any of these addresses above or visit -

Pool World joining new shopping center on Appleway in Coeur d' Alene

Pool World a locally owned and operated swimming pool and more retailer is making a big upgrade to their store in Coeur d' Alene. The company has operated for the last several years in smaller store location on Sunset Ave. , by Home Depot . But the company is growing and moving to an exciting new site, where they will also build a new shopping center.
The business has purchased a lot of raw land at 745 W. Appleway near the China One buffet where another smaller shopping center had once been considered.  The new Pool World store there will be larger and more modern and occupy about 7000 square feet. Coming out of the west side of Pool World store will be a multi-tenant strip mall , with 6400 square feet of newly created suites for yet to be determined retail businesses and restaurants . The suites will be leased out and can be divided down to 1000 square feet. The far west suite will also have a drive through, the new Pool World store and the accompanying shopping center are to completed by March of 2017. Pool World will remain open for business at their current location on Sunset until then. Here is a look at what the completed development will look like-

Pool World also operates three stores in the Spokane area, and they will also stay in business with no news right now on relocations for any of them. Those stores are located at : 13524 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley , 9111 N. Country Homes Blvd. Spokane , 5701 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane .

Pool World sells swimming pools, pool accessories, saunas , hot tubs , BBQ grills and other outdoor accessories . Among the brands sold by Pool World are Hot Spring & Caldera hot tubs , Finnleo saunas, Big Green Egg, Treager & Weber Barbeque grills and more.  The company has been in business since 1976 . In addition to the retail stores, Pool World also does several commercial swimming pool installs including the pools inside the Spokane Valley YMCA & Davenport Hotels.

For more information on Pool World, visit their website at-

Quarters coming soon to Downtown Spokane

Note: this is a re-post of a prior article on this site. It had to be fixed, including the URL due to a trademark issue with a part of the business's name.

The trend of Arcade bar's ( half bar / half video arcade ) is hitting most every city of any size in the country, likely due to the nostalgia factor. And, now that trend is making it's arrival in Spokane with Quarters.

Quarters has leased a small storefront space Downtown at 321 W. Sprague , a portion of the former Big City Saloon building and plan to open for business there soon. Work has already started and they hope to sometime in early July with a small staff and 1,000 square feet of space. The business may be small but it will offer a full bar.

There will also be a good selection of mostly retro video games to play in the arcade portion of the business with such well known games as Street Fighter , X- Men , Galaga and more. They also promise to have air hockey and pinball machines.

It is also worth noting that Quarters is joining a block of Downtown that seen / seeing some exciting business changes. Spokane Comedy Club, which features A- list comedians opened a couple of months ago at 315 W. Sprague and Pinot's Palette recently announced they will move to the same block with a significantly larger paint n' sip studio then the one they have now on Browne & Second. More on those topics by searching this blog.

For more information Quarters , find them on Facebook.