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Monday, September 26, 2011

Update Sept. 26th, 2011

Casper Fry Public House is going to go into the building where the Altamont Pharmacy once was on Perry Ave. in Spokane,The owners are the same people who own Madeline's cafe in Downtown Spokane near River Park Square Mall.The other half of the building is also a new business which is a clothing chain store called,Title Nine.

The Bee Hive is honey store that is now open in Hayden right along Hwy. 95 near the intersection with Hayden Ave. they sell honey and honey products and I believe most if not all is local honey.

Seen people in and lights on in the vacant unit next to Gamestop in the Ironwood Crossing strip mall in Coeur d Alene,will keep my eyes on this.

The Walk Shoppe which is a shoe and footwear store has opened at 37th and Grand on the South Hill inside of the Grand Corner Professional Building.

The Golfmen, who have developed a new kind of golf tee called the Turbo Tee have moved into 4,000 sq feet of space within the Spokane Industrial Park.

Speaking of the Spokane Industrial Park,American Tire are leasing 110,000 square feet in the park at 15530 E. Euclid Ave for a tire distribution center,I'm not sure on numbers but i'm sure they will be hiring people in the near future.

Devlopment company,Hanson Corp. is building a 2 unit strip mall on Indiana Ave inbetween Marketplace I shopping center and Spokane Valley Mall. I'm not sure who will be the tenant in one unit but Verizon will have a corporate store in the one side.

Enjoying rapid growth in the Spokane market is Five Guys Burgers and Fries,the plan on opening a 3rd outlet already(The first one opened in 2010) and it will be located at 9502 N. Newport Hwy which is near Northpointe Shopping Center,They will open this fall and employ between 30 to 40 employees.

Chase Bank is building a branch in the Indian Trail neighborhood of Spokane at Sundance Plaza Shopping Center.

I have for sometime thought the Kalispell Tribe of Indians planned some sort of commerical project on it's vacant land along Hayford Rd. just south of their Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights and now I have more reason to think that may be in the future as the tribe is planning now to move Sprague Ave. south instead of right next to the hotel and the old portion will be vacated,They will also build a new road coming off of Sprague called Quest Dr. and build a second road that ends in a cul de sac over farther west by where Sprague will curve south.They say this is to accomodate "future development" on the property.

Camp Suburu has purchased the giant Empire Ford building on 3rd in downtown Spokane and will move it's dealership there which is great since the building has been vacant for some time.

Maps and More in Sandpoint is moving from their current store on Main Ave to one directly on 1st Ave(Sandpoint's actual main road).The new store will be right next to the Cedar St. Bridge shopping center's front doors and should help their company.They are hoping to open Oct 20th at the new site.

I noticed today the for lease signs have been taken down on the former Dollar Rent A Car/Vespa site on Northwest Blvd in Coeur d Alene and a banner sign is up saying Green Light Motors .No cars are on the lot yet but I would assume their will be soon.

Picture Peddler has opened it's furniture store at 40212 N. Newport Hwy near Spokane,They also plan to open a seasonal artwork store inside Northtown Mall.

Columbia Tractor has taken over space that was Bonanza Ford along I-90 in the little suburb of Four Lakes.

I don't know much about it but while looking over the City of Spokane's recent business licences I noticed Video Only which is an electronics retailer in Western Washington and the Portland area has applied for the site that was Circuit City in North Spokane along Division St.

Lotus Crossfit is a new fitness center that went into the strip mall by Home Depot near Hwy. 95 and Kathleen in Coeur d Alene. This mall also got a new tenant recently with Accent Floors which was at one time over on Government Way near Appleway till the strip mall there burnt down a time back,I have noticed they have started construction back up on that mall but have no idea if there are any tenants or when it will be done.

Best Bikes n Boards is open in the former site of Coeur d Alene Discount on Northwest Blvd. in the same building as Olinger Marine and across from Northwest Place office building.

The people behind Post Falls company,Ground Force are already starting to work across the street from their factory on Seltice Way in between Post Falls and Coeur d Alene for a sister company called Underground Force .The company which will employ around 20 to start but they hope to have as much as 50 by the end of 2012.

Spokane Fire Dept. is building a new Fire Station on Spotted Rd near Airport Dr. .The project is a must because the City of Spokane is annexing nearly 10 square miles of land on the West Plains including the Spokane International Airport which is also close to the new fire station site.

Speaking of Fire Dept's,Kootenai County Fire and Rescue had an open house/dedication back on the 11th for their new training center on Seltice Way next to the National Guard Armory,The site is also home to the departments HQ but that will move soon to a site farther in town which was occupied by Coldwell Banker until they consolidated into one office in Coeur d Alene,that site is at Seltice Way at Bay St.

The William P. & Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall on the campus of Whitworth University will have it's grand opening on Oct. 8th.The building has been under construction since 2009.

That's all for today,but there is still plenty more to come so keep checking back....