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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Several businesses closing /moving at Northtown Mall

It is important to note that Northtown Mall in Spokane is far from being a dead mall,in fact there has even been a few new store openings at the mall. But it's easy to notice that several stores have left Northtown since the start of the year. Why are these stores moving out of Northtown? That's unclear but most have went on to other,bigger locations. A rumor has swirled around that Northtown has increased it's rent,although this has not been confirmed.

Here is some of the store closings and moves that have happened at Northtown Mall...

Select Comfort

Select Comfort,which is known for it's sleep number brand of mattresses is leaving Northtown Mall soon. The store,which had been on the 1st floor of the mall by Barnes & Noble is moving to the former Perkins Restaurant building a couple of blocks north of the mall on Division.

The Perkins building is being remodeled for 2 retail units of which Select Comfort will take 1. Select Comfort also made a similar move in Spokane Valley,There they left Spokane Valley Mall for the Evergreen Crossing Shopping Center at the corner of Evergreen Rd and Indiana Ave.

Century Link

The phone / Internet / television company Century Link has also left Northtown Mall. The company had operated a kiosk on the 1st floor of the mall below the food court. Century Link now has it's own store that just recently celebrated a grand opening. Century Link's move is also similar to the move made by Select Comfort because they also left Spokane Valley Mall around the same time.

Century Link's new storefronts can be found at...
6704 N. Nevada St in Spokane  or 506 N. Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley

Bumpers Family Fun Center

The move of Bumpers was probably the most noticeable of all the stores to leave Northtown Mall since the start of 2013. To find out more about Bumpers leaving Northtown look at this previous post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch...


Chrome Personal Training Centre has moved out of Northtown Mall. The business which offers fitness training and classes was located on the first floor of the mall nearby Macy's and the paintball business.

Chrome has since re-opened a new bigger gym space in Spokane. Chrome can now be found at 206 E. North Foothills Dr.

Wholesale Sports

As of the time of writing this the Northtown Mall Wholesale Sports store is scheduled to close on March 10th. . Wholesale Sports occupies on the mall's several anchor spots on the first floor by Sears. The space was once filled by a Steve & Barry's until that business closed also,in that case Steve & Barry's closed all stores nationwide.

For more info on the closing of the Spokane Wholesale Sports check out this prior post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch...

Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs

Bruchi's has left their food court space,the space has now been filled with a Subway location. More on that business switch in this prior Inland Northwest Business Watch post-

However in all the doom and gloom that comes from stores leaving the mall,several more are coming. Subway recently opened in the food court , as will an Asian restaurant called Miso. Retail wise Earthbound Trading Company is now open on the 2nd floor and signs are positive that work is starting on a new business for the space that was The Comic Book Store.

For more info on Northtown Mall visit them at-

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blockbuster to close remaining area stores

The decline of the American video rental store continues and now the remaining 3 Blockbuster locations in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area have announced their store closures. The local Blockbuster locations included are....

Blockbuster Video Hayden,Id
 This location is in the Prairie Shopping Center by the corner of US 95 and Prairie Ave. . No official word on a closure date for the Hayden Blockbuster but a going out of business liquidation sale starts on March 4th.

Blockbuster Video Cheney, Wa
This location at 2742 1st St. is now officially closed. Their last day of business occurred a little over a week ago.

Blockbuster Video Spokane (Wanderemere area of North Spokane)
The Wandermere Blockbuster Video location at 12208 N. Division is also closing, unsure of when the going out of business sale will officially begin but the store is to be closed sometime in April.

As part of the store closings for the Inland Northwest Blockbuster's many of the store's fixtures, supplies and electronics will also be up for sale,see the individual stores for more info on this.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

*Corrected info* STCU to open branch,move some offices to Downtown Spokane

Corrections: This story was orginally posted with a couple of errors that the friendly staff of STCU was quick to point out. As I reported STCU will not be moving out of the Schade building and the remaining space not being occupied at the Hutton Building will be sold as office space and not leased.

If any readers / business owners spot errors on this site please contact me at . We greatly appricate everyone's attention to detail and strive for accuracy.Thank you!

Spokane Teachers Credit Union (a.k.a STCU) has announced their plans to move into the historic Hutton Building at 9 S. Washington St. in Downtown Spokane.

STCU will open a new branch office on the ground floor and use the top 2 floors of the building to house the Credit Union's commercial lending operations. The commercial lending department had been in leased space at the Schade Towers Building on Trent Ave. . The Credit Union will also keep it's branch at the Schade Towers Building ,moving only the commercial lending division to the Hutton.It is also likly that other,yet to be named, operations may take up the former commercial lending space at the Schade Towers Building.

The Hutton Building has strugled in recent times even entering into foreclosure in 2012. Other then STCU's space the remainder of the building will be sold as office space.

Once open the new branch in the Hutton Building will be the 17th branch for the Liberty Lake based Credit Union.

For more info on STCU visit-

Monday, February 25, 2013

Chairs Coffee to open location at old Bulldog Tavern building

A well known Spokane coffee shop , Chairs Coffee, is expanding it's reach and will soon open a second outlet to be called Chairs Coffee & Public House. The location of the new Chairs location is also quite known in the Spokane community. The location is 1305 N. Hamilton , the former Bulldog Tavern. The building was also for about a year known as University Bar & Grill after the Bulldog closed a couple of years ago.

The new location is also convenient to Gonzaga University, a huge market for businesses such as Chairs. Chairs Coffee also intends to keep it's current location also open, that cafe can be found at 113 W. Indiana Ave. in Spokane.

The new Gonzaga area location will also serve food and an application has already been filed for a new liquor licence. The owners hope to open sometime in March,hopefully before  NCAA March Madness.

For more info on Chairs Coffee visit them at-

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wholesale Sports to close in Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene.

The Canadian based big box sporting goods chain Wholesale Sports has announced they plan to close their stores in both Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. The stores will end business as Wholesale Sports on March 10th. The closure includes both it's stores in Coeur d' Alene ( on Government Way, in front on Costco) and the store at the Northtown Mall in Spokane.

The Northtown Mall location had just relocated last year from a shopping plaza space near the Spokane Valley Mall to the new in-mall location at Northtown. The parent company of Wholesale Sports, Calgary,AB based UFA Co-Operative Ltd. is closing it's US retail interests to refocus on it's main stores across Canada.

Some of the Wholesale Sports stores in the US will revert back to Sportsman's Warehouse which was the original owner of the stores in Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. 4 stores in the US ,including the local Wholesale Sports locations will close altogether.

The Northtown Mall Wholesale Sports store employs about 40 and the Coeur d' Alene location about 35,no word on the status of those employees.

Shut down Knitting Factory to re-open

In case you haven't already heard on the top news topics in Spokane has been the shut down of the popular Downtown Spokane concert house / bar The Knitting Factory.

The Knitting Factory,which is located on W. Sprague Ave. , in the middle of the Davenport Arts District, was shut down earlier this week by Spokane Police acting on orders by Police Chief Frank Straub to close down the venue because of several shootings that have taken place in the immediate neighborhood over the past year.Straub believes the shootings are in significant issue of public safety for the people who live,work and play in the neighborhood on the western edge of Downtown Spokane.

The City of Spokane and the Spokane Police Department are able to shut down establishments due to their authority over entertainment permits.

However Spokane Police along with the CEO of The Knitting Factory's California based parent company, Knitting Factory Entertainment have reached an agreement and announced earlier today that The Knitting Factory is now officially back open.

The closure effected only venue itself, the newly opened District Bar located in the same building as The Knitting Factory never closed as it is a separate business.

360 Fitness expands,to open at Riverstone

Coeur d' Alene's 360 Fitness is growing. 360's Coeur d' Alene location had been in the Mountain View Shopping Center,behind Texas Roadhouse at the corner of Neider and US 95 for the last couple of years but they must be doing something right because that mid sized gym is now becoming one of Coeur d' Alene's largest in a new remodel and move that began late last year.

People looking to work out / lose weight won't find 360 Fitness in that space on Neider anymore as they have relocated back to a much larger space in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. 360 Fitness has taken over the former Coeur d' Alene Athletic Club at the corner of 2nd Ave. and Coeur d' Alene Ave just 2 blocks north of Sherman.

The new Downtown 360 Fitness location is much larger then the gym's old home and now offers features new to 360's members like a basketball court and a indoor swimming pool. Also in the works is a verity of new work out equipment as well as upgraded TV's and security systems, the Downtown location will also soon be open 24 hours. In the acquisition all of the Coeur d' Alene Athletic Club's members have also become members of the new 360 Fitness.

The new Downtown gym isn't the only big news at 360 as 360 Fitness will also open a second location soon at Riverstone. The Riverstone 360 Fitness location will occupy the space on Main St. that was originally configured for a Barnes & Noble but due to the economy that store never was actually completed. The 360 Fitness location at Riverstone will open sometime in the spring and will have a primarily personal training focus.

Currently no new tenants have been announced for the the gym's former location on Neider.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Lantern Tap House expanding into former Perry St. Cafe

A couple of months ago Spokane's South Perry District lost it's landmark breakfast and lunch restaurant the Perry St. Cafe when they closed on Perry St and consolidated with the businesses other newer location in Cheney.

But the vacancy left behind be the Perry St. Cafe will soon be filled once again as the bar , Lantern Tap House  which is located directly next door has announced they plan to expand into and remodel the space at 1004 S. Perry . The Lantern will  use the new space as a public house style restaurant that would be open to families serving pub fare,etc...

Also the bar portion of the business would also expand slightly into the new building,food from the public house portion is expected to be served in the bar area.

The Lantern Tap House opened in 2009 and has become a success for the quaint neighborhood south of Downtown Spokane.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Tenants move,make way for Coeur d' Alene Schools HQ

Recently it was annouced that the Coeur d' Alene School District will relocate their adminstrative offices to a new building nearby the corner of Northwest Blvd. and Ironwood Dr. on the northwest side of Coeur d' Alene. More on the new CdA Schools building in this post-

But there is just one issue, the building the school district will take over in March is currently a office building with 3 tenants,those 3 tenants are all moving out this month,here is where they can all be found after the move...

Tri-State Consulting Engineers   will move to a office building in Riverstone. Their new address is 1859 N. Lakewood Dr. Coeur d' Alene

Tomlinson Real Estate   will consulidate in with their Downtown Coeur d' Alene office. That office is located in the 200 block of E. Sherman near the Coeur d' Alene resort.

Elsaesser,Jarzabek,Anderson,Elliott and MacDonald Law Firm
will relocate to the Global Credit Union Center at 320 E. Neider Ave in Coeur d' Alene across Neider from Costco.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Recent Closings( Savory, Hillyard Varity, Moondollars)

Recent area business closings for Feb 15th 2013-

2013 sure is shaping up to a big year for local business news with several major and well known businesses expanding and unfortunately some closings,here are some of the most notable-

Hillyard Variety

Hillyard Variety's landmark red and blue sign has sat over the shop at 5009 N. Market St in Spokane's Hillyard neighborhood for sometime. But the store which sells gifts,collectibles and a "variety" of other new and used merchandise items will close soon. It's not known when their last day will be but a Facebook post by the store mentions a closing liquidation sale going on now.

Savory Restaurant

Savory Restaurant was an nice restaurant that was sort of the talk of the town when it first opened in 2010. However the restaurant ,somewhat expectantly, closed a couple of weeks ago. They we're on the South Hill at 1314 S. Grand Ave.

Moondollars Restaurant

Moondollars Coffee House at 609 N Syringa St. in Post Falls has closed. The closure of Moondollars also was unexpected,signs posted on the doors and on the shop's voice mail indicate they will be closed "until further notice" . I am looking into this closure as I've received a couple of reader inquiry's on this topic.


Pac Sun has closed in Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene, other Spokane area Pac Sun clothing stores remain open

Lady Foot Locker has closed in Spokane Valley Mall, the store has consolidated with the chain's remaining Northtown Mall location.

San Diego style Taco Truck opens at State Line

Even the tiny Kootenai County village of State Line is getting in on the recent food truck craze that is sweeping the nation and yes even the Spokane area .

This last week the first food truck in the State Line/ Western Post Falls area opened up shop in the side parking lot of the State Line Liberty Gas Station at 6906 W. Seltice Way, nearby Wal-Mart & Cabela's. The new truck is called Aguilar's Taqueria and is locally owned and operated by Antonio Aguilar.

Aguilar's Taqueria is open Monday thru Saturday from 10am to 6pm. All of the Mexican dishes from the food truck are San Deigo style , a hugely popular and trending style of Mexican cusine.

The truck serves Carne Asada Fries,Authentic Burritos and Mexican bacon wrapped hot dogs.

For more info on Aguilar's Taqueria check them out on Facebook at-!/AguilarsTaqueria?sid=0.6834438602481645

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Newly issued liquor licences- Feb 13th 2013

Below is a list of the newest issued liquor and beer and wine licences for the Spokane area, Only new applications are listed since this site is about new businesses coming on the scene in the Spokane area.

Last 30 +/- days from Feb. 13th 2013-

The Backroads , New name and owner of Rumrunners 2436 N. Astor St. Spokane

Carrs Chevron , New name and owner of Chevron Food Mart #2 9420N. Newport Hwy. Spokane

La Michoacana Mini Market & Tequleria , New licence 10617 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley

The Handlebar , move from 17927 E. Appleway Spokane Valley to 12005 E. Trent Ave Spokane Valley.

Fenwyr Cellars , New licence 1803 E. Fairview Ave. Spokane

Four Sal's Bistro , New licence 6704 N. Nevada St Suite 1 Spokane

Chairs Coffee and Public House,  New licence 1305 N. Hamilton Ave Spokane (Note:Former Bulldog Tavern site)

Mission Food Mart, New name and owner of Sullivan Texaco 1007 N. Sullivan Rd. Spokane Valley

Liberty Cider Works, New licence 164 S. Washington St Suite 200 Spokane

The Flying Pig, New licence 1822 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane

Saunders Cheese Market, move from 210 S. Washington St. Spokane to 621 W. Mallon Suite 419 (Note: Now inside of the Flour Mill).

Whispering Pines Press International , New licence 4229 S. Chapman Rd. Spokane Valley.

Somewhere , New licence 5620 S. Regal St Suite 1234 Spokane (Note: New purposed sports bar by Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple, Councilman Apple has said Somewhere may not be the name and could only be used as a placeholder name on his licence)

Source:State of Washington

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Comic Book Store has new bigger location

As a blogger I think most of the readers will not be surprised when I admit i'm a bit of geek from time to time. So I had to share this recent new business location...

The Comic Book Store, a small chain of 2 Spokane area comic stores has opened in it's new Northtown Mall location. The new store is larger then the previous store and is now located on the mall's second floor behind Maurice's and just down from Macy's . The store moved from a space on the first floor by Marshall's and Barnes & Noble.

The new Northtown Mall Comic Book Store offers comic books both new and used but also many other items. The shelves are stocked with board games, t-shirts ,memorbilia from famous movies and games. As well as japanese sodas, drinks ,snacks and candies.

The new location also gives Spokane area gamers more room to have games and tournments for such games as Magic,etc...

The Comic Book Store also continues to operate a second Spokane location in a strip mall at 3207 N. Division St at the base of the Division St. hill. The new location in Northtown opened in Mid-November.

For more info on The Comic Book store visit their website at-

Friday, February 8, 2013

CarHop comes to Spokane Valley

CarHop a chain of used car dealerships the specializes in selling cars, trucks , vans and SUV's to people who have has a prior credit issue has come to the Spokane area by opening a new car sales location in Spokane Valley. CarHop opened their first Washington State location in 2007 and continue to scout new locations. CarHop's official website states they operate locations is in 14 US states and a corporate headquarters location in Edina,Minn.

The new Spokane Valley CarHop is located at 5033 E. Sprague Ave. across from the Sprague Ave. Lowe's store.The new location  will offer a limited warranty as well as 3 day money back guarantee.

For more info on CarHop and their new Spokane location visit them at-

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SQM Group to open call center in Coeur d' Alene

SQM Group (SQM stands for Service Quaility Measurement) , a company based in Vernon, British Columbia,Canada has announced plans to open a new call center in Coeur d' Alene at the office building the had formerly housed a call center for the telephone/broadband company Frontier until late last year when Frontier closed and moved to another location elsewhere in the United States.

SQM Group places calls on behalf of over 450 different clients and offers a survey to better detrermine the clients own customer service and better pin point any issues with the clients own call centers. SQM represents some major clients such as US Bank, Capital One, Marriott,etc...

The new call center will go into the CdA Tech Park building at 7400 N. Mineral Dr. behind Best Buy on the north side of Coeur d' Alene. The new center is expected to open in the spring and will bring 80 new jobs to Coeur d' Alene. Jobs with the new Coeur d' Alene SQM Group office will pay 12.00 an hour and will have benfits such as health insurance.

For more info on SQM Group and how to apply for a job at the new Coeur d' Alene call center visit their website at-

A photo of the call center's purposed location in North Coeur d' Alene-

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Joann Fabrics opening this month in Coeur d' Alene

Update 03/05/13- Joann Fabrics did not open by Feb. 15th as is stated below,the opening date is now Friday March 8th.

Follow up to previous info posted on this site,read the first post on the new Joann Fabrics store at Coeur d Alene's Silver Lake Mall visit-

Joann Fabrics is opening a new store at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene. The store is actually a store relocation for the popular national fabric and craft chain that has had a location in Coeur d' Alene for sometime but will close that location after the new store opens. The former Joann location has been on 4th St. directly next door to Safeway in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.

The new store is part of a larger redo of the Rouse Properties owned mall. The new store will occupy the northwest corridor of the mall,the store will be in a remodeled space that was formerly several stores including RadioShack and Huckleberry Thicket. The stores displaced by Joann have all eather moved elsewhere in the mall or in RadioShack case closed altogther.

The Silver Lake Mall JoAnn Fabric store is larger then the old store. The walls blocking view of the store have all come down as of this post and the official opening is now expected for Feb. 15th .

Elsewhere at Silver Lake crews are working on a new Sports Authority store (a post about that new store can be found here- ) also Pac Sun has closed and a new gift and accessory store is also opening.

Bruchi's leaves Spokane area malls,replaced by Subway

Big things are happening in the Spokane mall food courts and the more noticable is the new lack of Bruchi's . Bruchi's Cheesesteak and Subs is a Spokane based fast service resturant chain that operate several locations but recently both their Northtown Mall and Spokane Valley Mall locations have closed.

The rumor (and it is only a rumor, I have not yet confirmed this...) is that the mall owner's General Growth Properties has increased the rent on the units. This however is only speculation.

But Spokanites looking for quick meal while they do their shopping at the mall won't have any problem feeding their hunger as both locations are / have been replaced by Subway Resturants .Subway has already opened in the former Bruchi's spot next to Cinabon in the Spokane Valley Mall food court and will open soon in the Northtown Mall food court inbetween Panda Express(which is also a newer resturant for the mall) and Claire's.

Bruchi's as a company is far from closed however ,the chain will soon open a new location of their own on 29th St on the South Hill.

Elsewhere in the food courts a new asian option is opening on the other end of the Northtown Mall food court,that resturant is called Miso . Miso will be located next to Arby's in the former Edo Japan space.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Silverwood to open 2 new rides for it's 2013 season

The Silverwood Theme Park located along US 95 north of Coeur d' Alene and nearby the small town of Athol,Idaho has made their official announcement of 2 new rides that will open in the park for it's 2013 summer season.

Those new rides are...

A new ride that will be named via an online contest on the theme park's website, The new ride cost Silverwood about 2 million dollars and will be shipped over from Italy and re assembled on site most likely sometime in April. The new ride is a spinning ride that spins riders back and forth as well as around in a giant circle. It will stand at 104 feet tall and allow riders to experience a g force of 3.5, the duration of the ride will be between 2 to 3 minutes and it will seat 24.

Also planned for 2013 at Silverwood is a new family ride being shipped to the park from New Jersey. That ride is called the Barnstormer. The Barnstormer will be located in the Garfield's Summer Camp area and is a bi-plane themed ride that can seat up to 20. It is geared towards younger riders.

Silverwood is expecting an increase in guests this year due in part to these 2 new rides.

For more info on the Silverwood Theme Park,including how to enter the contest to name the new spinning ride visit their offical web site at-

Photo's of the new rides can also be located on their web site.