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Monday, May 27, 2013

Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene businesses invading the Tri-Cities

Don't count on any military involvement or 24 hour news coverage for this invasion , in fact this invasion is welcome. A handful of companies based in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area are taking advantage of the improving economy and opening up new stores to our south, in the Tri-Cities. The companies now open or opening in the Tri-Cities include...


Vivo is a Coeur d' Alene based women's clothing and accessory retail chain. The chain has enjoyed much expansion in recent years going from 1 store on Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene to now also being in all of the Spokane malls and a clearance outlet store off of Sunset Ave in Coeur d' Alene. Rumors are also pointing towards Vivo possibly expanding into the Seattle market at some point in the future.

Vivo has actually already opened their new store in the Tri-Cities. Vivo's new store opened in March and is located in Kennewick at the Columbia Square Mall across from the food court.

For more info on Vivo and how to find their new store visit the Vivo web site at-


The Spokane based grocery store chain, Yoke's is investing in a new store location in Richland. The new store is now under construction at 455 Englewood Dr. near Keene Rd in Richland. The new store will be a new construction with 55,000 square feet and employ around 100. Opening is planned for October of 2013.

Yoke's already has other stores open in the Tri-Cities,1 elsewhere in Richland and a second in Pasco. For more info on Yoke's visit their web site at-

Fire Artisan Pizza

Fire Artisan Pizza is also expanding at rather rapid rate. The small chain of artisan pizza restaurants began only a few years ago with the opening of their original store on Sherman Ave. in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. In 2012 Fire Artisan Pizza expanded once more opening a store on W Sprague Ave by the Davenport Hotel in Downtown Spokane.

And for store number 3 for the Pizza restaurant, Fire has chosen the Tri-Cities. The new Fire location will during the summer in Kennewick. The restaurant will be in a new construction building custom designed just for Fire. The restaurant will open at 1022 N. Columbia Falls Blvd. and will employ 40.

For more info on Fire Artisan Pizza visit their web site at-