Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Rosauers now open in Suncrest

The community of Suncrest, just a few miles northwest of Spokane now has a new option for groceries. This with the opening of a new Rosauers Supermarket on the town's South side. The grand opening will happen soon but I'm hearing the store is already open for business.

Below is a press release from Rosauers re: this new store:



SPOKANE, WA November 26, 2014 -- Rosauers Supermarkets will celebrate the grand opening of its newest store at the corner of Highway 291 and Swensen Road in Suncrest, Washington on Wednesday, December 3. Ribbon Cutting is slated for 9:00am. 

"We're excited about our new concept store designed to serve smaller communities" said Jeff Philipps, President of Rosauers. "While smaller, there is an incredible offering of traditional, specialty, ethnic, natural and organic products throughout the store," Philipps added.

Also featured will be a full service meat and seafood counter, bakery and large service-deli featuring a seating area with a fireplace and free Wi-Fi. The store will offer an extensive wine, beer and spirits department. Something new for the company is the addition of a fuel center which will be included in the Commercial Fueling Network (CFN).  

The store has hired 50 employees, mostly from the Suncrest/Nine Mile Falls area.

Rosauers is headquartered in Spokane and operates stores in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Rosauers is a wholly owned subsidiary of URM Stores, a wholesale cooperative located in Spokane. The addition of the Suncrest store will bring the total number of Rosauers company locations to 22.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Building permit watch - Nov. 25th 2014

It's time once again for a Building Permit Watch post. I haven't posted this in awhile so as a reminder, these are posts of interesting tidbits that can be found in the public record building permit searches.

These items are not confirmed but are almost sure things. So, here is what may be coming to the Spokane area soon-

( Note : Based on what I've found I'm not usually allowed the share the full permits publicly like this. So, I share the name and address only. If you'd like to know more please contact The City of Spokane or the appropriate planning office directly )



Iron Goat Brewing - Already a Spokane based microbrewery appears to be look to relocate / expand (?) at 1302 W. Second .


Bennidito's Pizza  While listed as Bennidito's Brewery we can only assume this would be a branch off of the Bennidito's Pizza business. They are looking at 1907 E. Sprague Ave.

Interestingly enough The South Perry Neighborhood Twitter feed  ( https://twitter.com/SouthPerryhood )also says Bennidito's Pizza is opening at 1901 E. Sprague so it's clear they are planning something.


An art gallery in Kendall Yards? It doesn't have a business name but there is a permit for some kind of art gallery at 1206 W. Summit Pkwy in the Kendall Yards development.



Wollnick's General Store coming to Downtown Spokane?

Wollnick's is a relatively new retail shop down in the South Perry Neighborhood. And, now they have a permit filed for a building in Downtown Spokane.

The permit is for 421 W. Main which would make them a tenant in the newly renovated row of storefronts across from Auntie's Bookstore Downtown.



"Hole Shot" in River Park Square?

I'm not sure if this will be the final business name but a permit has been filed in the River Park Sqaure Food Court ( Space FC-3 ) for something called Hole Shot.



Rizzuto's Wide Shoes

This one is already confirmed, tenant improvements are underway for a move by Rizzuto's Wide Shoes to a new space at 6208 N. Division. Currently that store is just south of the Northtown Mall, also on N. Division.



Free standing Deaconess ER planned

Deaconess Hospital / Rockwood Health System appear to be bringing the free standing ER concept to Spokane with a planned new building at 8202 N. Division.





Monday, November 24, 2014

Tiki Lodge returns to Downtown Spokane

Having only lived in the Spokane area for a little under 10 years now, I'll admit I don't have memories of the Tiki Lodge in Downtown Spokane. But many Spokanites  do and now I'm happy to report that, that piece of the city's history is back.

While I haven't been able to get any pictures or much info yet. The former Select Inn motel has been re-named / re-branded back under the building's original name of the Tiki Lodge.

The Tiki Lodge is located at 1420 W. Second next door to Jenny's Diner and across Maple St. from Frank's Diner . The new owner has already put up the new signs identifying the motel as the Tiki Lodge and does have plans to restore the property back to state when the original Tiki Lodge was open back in the 60's and 70's.

I'm told the rooms will be redone in a retro style, even with rotary phones in each room and the front awnings will be re-painted the original orange. Much of this work however is planned to happen next year.

Currently the business has no web site or social media pages. We will continue to keep an eye on this exciting Spokane flash back project.

Kitchen Spokane relocates to much larger facility

Kitchen Spokane, truth is not everyone has heard of this amazing new local business. But everyone, especially those in the local food service industry should. Kitchen Spokane is Spokane's first commercial kitchen incubator space, designed for use by food service start ups. The business opened earlier this year in a small space just east of Downtown Spokane ( More here - http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2014/10/kitchen-spokane-commerical-kitchen.html  )

And, now after only a few short months the kitchen space has outgrown it's current location on E. Third and is relocating to a new much larger facility, that was custom built just for Kitchen Spokane. The new space , which is now about 2,500 square feet is located at 1014 N. Pines Suite 120  and is now in Spokane Valley. The new space will boast even more equipment and food storage space. A loading dock will also be offered at this new site which should open early next month.

Like before the new Kitchen Spokane will continue to be open to tenants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A recent article in The Inlander boasts just some of the exciting new food service start ups already calling Kitchen Spokane home. They include-

Scoe's BBQ , Creative Catering , Sweetbox Delivery ( a new cinnamon roll delivery service, new to Spokane. Be sure to check them out at- https://www.facebook.com/sweetboxdelivery ) , Malted Mutt , Somkhit's Authentic Thai and several more.

For more information on Kitchen Spokane find them via-

https://squareup.com/market/kitchen-Spokane

Or...

https://www.facebook.com/KITCHENSPOKANE




Hey, what's going in there? Nov. 24th 2014

Today I'm starting a new feature called " hey, what's going in there ? " based on the motto of this blog. This article will hopefully answer what is happening at some of the unmarked construction sites around Spokane.

If you have a project you'd like me to look into, contact me anytime!

Here are today's projects-

9th and Perry , Spokane

After hearing about this project for sometime construction is actually now underway for new building coming soon to the heart of one of Spokane's hottest neighborhoods, the South Perry Neighborhood.

The building will be built out with 2 floors, first floor being commercial with bay(s) for either restaurants or retail. The second floor will be used as a medical office.

Apartments we're also once included in the plans but appear to have been pulled out of the plans.



Construction by Newport Hwy. and Holland , near The Y.

A reader alerted me to this project because there is a rumor that this site would be a new Texas Roadhouse. And, although I too have heard of Texas Roadhouse coming to Spokane, this will not be the site it comes too.

However the construction you see today is for a new retail development to be anchored by a Sherwin Williams Paint store.

Tenants other the Sherwin Williams Paint are coming, but the paint retailer is the only store confirmed at the site right now. The new building's address will be 9412 N. Newport Hwy.



North Spokane Ramada becoming Laquinta Inn

Also in the 9000 block of N. Newport Hwy is the former North Spokane Ramada Inn hotel.

The business has been closed for a time and extensive remodeling is underway to convert the property to an all new LaQunita Inn.

The new North Spokane LaQunita Inn is located at 9601 N. Newport Hwy.



Construction next to Chuck E. Cheese in North Spokane.

The same reader who alerted me to the Sherwin Williams site also alerted me to a project next to Chuck E. Cheese. ( Thanks, reader !!! ) .

The site which is along N. Nevada will become and office building constructed by Silvey Construction, also of Spokane.  Plans call for a little over 14,000 square feet of office space on two floors with basement. No tenants however are known yet for this new building.

Tentatively the building is called the Nevada Professional Building.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Community news briefs- Nov. 20th 2014

Ok, so I have been a bit behind on posting to this site lately . So, to keep everyone as up to date as possible while they wait on me, here are a few local happenings from my e-mails / contacts -

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular 2014 , a holiday lights event coming to Riverfront Park.

Spokane's new "Winter Glow" event kicks off with a lighting ceremony at 6:30 PM on November 28th, just after Thanksgiving. The event which intends to become an annual event of holiday lights around Riverfront Park will be on display from 5-9pm nightly through Jan 1st with longer hours on weekends.

The nightly event is free and open to the public, with carriage and wagon rides also available for a small fee.

The Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular is mainly sponsored by Avista , Washington Trust Bank and Coordinated Care.

For more information on this event, visit-

www.spokanewinterglow.com

Darigold and Dairy Farmers of Washington to donate 11,000 half gallons of milk to KREM 2 News' Tom's Turkey Drive.

Here is the press release-

Darigold and the Dairy Farmers of Washington have joined the 15th Annual ‘Tom’s Turkey Drive’ to provide complete turkey dinners to Inland families for a $20 donation this weekend at all Rosauers stores. Third generation dairy farmer, Stephanie Littrel, says last year’s event provided 11,000 dinners so the dairy farmers will donate 11,000 half gallons of milk to go with each turkey dinner donation this year.  Tom's Turkey Drive relies on hundreds of volunteers each year. Visit the 2nd Harvest website www.2-harvest.org to learn more about specific volunteer opportunities.  Tom’s Turkey Thanksgiving meal bags including a half gallon of 2% milk will be distributed at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., on Tuesday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Darigold, Dairy Farmers of Washington have joined KREM TV’s Tom Sherry, 2nd Harvest and the Salvation Army to fight hunger this holiday season with support from Numerican Credit Union, Rockwood Health Systems, Franz Bakery and Itron – all working together to provide holiday meals to area families in need during the holiday season.  


West Plains Petro Truck Stop collecting food and coats / blankets for the less fortunate.

From Facebook-

"We" are doing a food and coat/blanket drive for our less fortunate in Spokane. We are accepting money (will be used to purchase food), food,... bottle water, coats, gloves, socks and blankets. ANY THING you would be willing to donate we will definitely get it to people who need them. We are trying to collect everything by Wed.12/10. We will be handing these items out on Saturday 12/13.

You can drop it off at Petro 10506 W. Aero Road Spokane, WA. 99224

Landmark Plantation Restaurant in Spokane Valley demolished-

Demolition work is wrapping up with the building now down at the vacant building that once housed Spokane Valley's Plantation Restaurant .

Last year, the news came in that the building would soon be renovated and turned into a new restaurant by the same name. That plan never came to fruition and clearly is now dead, that story here from the Journal of Business-

http://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/new-owners-to-restore-old-plantation-restaurant-in-the-valley/

It is very unfortunate these plans apparently got cancelled. The building was located at 8122 E. Sprague Ave. and appears to now be for sale as commercial land. There are currently no plans for the site that we know of yet. But, are continuing to keep and eye on this one.



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Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Place Hotel now open in Spokane Valley

There is a new option of places to stay in Spokane Valley with last week's official opening of the My Place Hotel - Spokane Valley.

The hotel's opening marks the rapidly growing chain expansion further into the Northwest. The chain is based in Aberdeen,SD and already has locations all around the United States after only being in business since 2012. The company was founded by the same person who founded the Super 8 Hotel chain, Ron Rivett . The hotels in the My Place system are geared towards extended stay travel, however booking for just one night is offered.

The hotel is located at 16106 E. Indiana Ave. across from the Riverview Corporate Center and a very short drive / walk east of the I-90 Sullivan exit and the Spokane Valley Mall.

The hotel features 64 guest rooms spread out though-out the 3 story building. Rooms feature something called "my kitchen" with small cook top, microwave and refrigerator. On site laundry facilities, high speed internet access , and a small convenience store are all also offered. Room discounts are available to AAA/CAA members , AARP members and government employee's.

Room rates will vary, for more information, including hotel room booking visit the My Place Hotel web site at-
www.myplacehotels.com

A look at the new hotel, now open-



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nut Factory to close store, relocate and re-focus

This business downsizing / closure will effect a local landmark business that thousands of commuters pass by each day on I-90 . That business is, The Nut Factory, and it has operated out of that highly visible building at 19425 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley since the late 90's and other locations dating back many years before that.

But, now news has come in that The Nut Factory will soon undergo a big change which will mean leaving that site along I-90. The business will actually fully close down their retail storefront and will re-focus the business to a new web based sales format via the company's web site, which can be found at the bottom of this article.

In addition, The Nut Factory hopes to increase wholesale sales and their sales outside of the United States.

The business will actually vacate the building at 19425 E. Broadway entirely with the production and warehousing moving to a yet to confirmed industrial building elsewhere in the Spokane area. The building will be put up for sale soon and the store's closure is expected to happen sometime this month.

The Nut Factory's Spokane Valley store featured many different types of nuts, candies and other snacks produced and/ or processed by The Nut Factory within the same building as the store. The retail store also offered many other snack and gift items. Many of the items sold there will likely continue to be sold via the companies web site, which can be found at-

http://www.thenutfactory.com/

Or via Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/thenutfactory

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Trader Joe's to open store in North Spokane

Local social media pages and the local media itself has been a buzz for most of the day today over a huge, an yet un-expected announcement of a large chain grocery business expanding here.

That announcement is, that, Trader Joe's is planning to open a second location here. The chain, which is a national grocery retailer with a large and passionate following, opened there first local location a couple of years ago. That location can still be found on the South Hill in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center ( 2975 E. 29th Ave. ) .

The new Trader Joe's will be in North Spokane this time, only a few blocks north of Northtown Mall. The store will occupy about 12,000 square feet of space in the Franklin Park Commons shopping center ( 5520 N. Division ) and will have a similar size, and likely look to the current store on the South Hill.

There is no mention as of today about how many will employed by the new North Spokane Trader Joe's, but once time gets closer some of those jobs may be filled via this, the Trader Joe's employment web site-
http://www.traderjoes.com/careers

The new Trader Joe's at Franklin Park Mall will open sometime in third or fourth quarter of 2015. It will take over a portion of the space now used by a Rite Aid store, that is vacating the shopping center for a stand alone site along Division, still on the Franklin Park Commons property

This may also be sign of improvements to come as well to the Franklin Park Commons site . As a re-construction project would make cense given the increase in traffic / interest a store like Trader Joe's usually brings ,but this is only my speculation.

For more information on Trader Joe's find them online at-

www.traderjoes.com

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Onion to open Area 51 Taphouse at North Spokane location

The crew here at Inland Northwest Business Watch has uncovered news of a major change coming soon to a local favorite restaurant.

The Onion is currently in the construction phase to convert the restaurant's bar into an exciting new tap house style bar with a huge focus on beer. The space is being extensively remodeled behind a temporary curtain, and will have a completely different look. Here is an example rendering of what this new bar might look like once open-


In addition to the new look, a new name is also in store. The space will be called Area 51 Taphouse at The Onion. Currently it appears the new taphouse is only planned to open inside the North Spokane location of The Onion and not the Downtown location, although this has yet to be confirmed. The North Spokane Onion / Area 51 is located at 7522 N. Division.

Area 51 Taphouse, while it will likely have a full bar will put a large focus on the beers and craft beers, a huge portion of today's economy. Per the businesses page on Facebook Area 51 will offer 51 beer tasp and 50 bottled beers for a total of 101 beers. And, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge this will be the largest beer selection of any restaurant in Spokane. Although, Manito Tap House on the South Hill comes close to these numbers.

Area 51 Taphouse will also do growler fills, brewer's dinners , brew gear and even a mug club. Plus even with all the new drinks, a food menu will also remain.

No opening date has been set as of yet but it appears the new space will likely open sometime within the next month.

For more information on Area 51 Taphouse at the North Spokane location of The Onion find them on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/Area51Taphouse

Kimball Office to close Post Falls operations

One of the region's larger employer's, and perhaps the largest employer in Post Falls will soon close it's doors. The closure will be of the Post Falls Kimball Office manufacturing facility, which has operated along Seltice Way west of Chase Rd. since the mid 1990's ( originally called Harper's ).

The company plans to relocate all production for the local plant to the companies other exsisting facilities in Indiana. In all, the Post Falls Kimball Office plant employ's about 260 and most, if not all employees will be laid off. Many employees will also be offered a severance package.

The plant closure will not be immediate, with lay offs starting as early as January and a full closure coming in about 2 years.

Also, the Kimball Office manufacturing facility has been placed up for sale with a potential buyer  already found for a portion of the building. That buyer has yet to be named but it appears that buyer will occupy between 100,000 and 150,000 square feet of space including the buildings front office space. Given that it's unclear as to who this buyer is, it's also unclear if as to whether or not this new business might hire some of the former Kimball employee's.

It is also noteworthy that a aerospace manufacturing facility is also planning to build next door to Kimball. That project is still planned and will be a new location of a company that's currently in Spokane Valley. More on that soon...

New skyscraper planned for Downtown Spokane

With Walt Worthy's massive Grand Hotel Spokane project going up rapidly nearby the Convention Center, Downtown's skyline is already changing. But, another new large project is also in the works , not far from the Grand Hotel. And, this project would change the look of the skyline perhaps more drastically then the hotel itself.

That project is a yet to be named high rise currently in the planning phase for the eastern edge of Downtown. The building would rise from the lot at the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd. and N. Division, on the Southeast side of the intersection. Currently an abandoned auto repair shop stands on the corner, it will be removed to make way for the project.

There is no construction start date or estimated opening date as of yet but we do know some info. The main news about the project will be it's shear size. The high rise will become Spokane's tallest building with 35 floors planned. In fact, this building eclipses the current tallest building in Spokane, The Bank of America Tower by 17 floors.

The new building will be developed by local developer / dentist Dr. Phillip Rudy, this is by far his largest project ever undertaken, should it come to fruition.

Plans on the 35 story high rise call for multiple uses, with retail and restaurant uses and residential uses included. Likely apartments geared towards students of the nearby Washington State University-Spokane and others looking to live where they work and play, Downtown Spokane.

We will be keeping an eye and ear out for more info and possible renderings of this potentially major project.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New business openings & closings - Nov. 6th 2014

I'm a little busier this week then some, so I apologize for the shorter then normal opening and closing business post this week. But here are some of the highlights-

Division Thrift

Division Thrift, a second hand store located at 2915 N. Division, at the base of the Division St. hill has gone out of business.

Groove Merchants

Groove Merchants is a record store that's actually opening for business in Spokane. The shop is a locally owned and operated retail store that celebrated their grand opening at the beginning of November.

Groove Merchants is located by Book Traders in the heart of the Garland District at 905 W. Garland Ave.

The store also sells turntables and other vintage audio equipment.

Cleone's Closet Thrift Store

Cleone's Closet, a locally owned and operated thrift store has relocated to a new location in Airway Heights . The business can now be found at 1515 S. Lyons Rd.

Thompson's Service Station

After operating in Downtown Spokane for 40 plus years, Thompson's went out of business last month.

The shop was a gas station with deli, espresso and car wash at the corner of Third and Monroe, by I-90 on the southern edge of Downtown.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More new businesses planning to open at Regal Plaza

Late last week we got the news from the Southgate District Center's Facebook page that a handful of new permits have been issued for even more new tenants coming to the Regal Plaza shopping center.
For those who may not know, Regal Plaza is the new Target anchored shopping center at Regal and Palouse Hwy on the South Hill.

While, I think I confirmed a couple of these in a earlier post on here it doesn't hurt to remind everyone. Here is their posting....


"New businesses coming to the Target site:

Jersey Mike's Subs (1st in Spokane/CdA)

 Sally Beauty Supply

 Supercuts

 Slick Rock Tanning and Spa (2 existing locations in ID)"



In addition to these four new businesses, T-Mobile is also planning a store at the center.

We'll be looking for more information on all of these new businesses. But, especially on Jersey Mike's Subs as this will be their first location in Spokane. Jersey Mike's is a chain of sub sandwich restaurants based in Manasquan,NJ.

Several businesses in addition to Target are already opening at Regal Plaza and it's exciting to see this development fill up so fast.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

CVS ,Chick-fil-A and Bass Pro Shops coming to Spokane?

Some big national chains are starting to expand more aggressively with the new improving economy. Three of those, CVS Pharmacy, Chick-fil-A and Bass Pro Shops are now on our radar as possibly coming soon to the Spokane area.

We don't have any confirmations yet but all three chains have recently or will soon open their first locations in Washington State. Only thing is they are all, for now, are in Western Washington. But Spokane might be their next logical step in expanding further into the state.

Here are the news stories from these new business openings on the other side of the Cascades-

Chick-fil-A  -

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Chick-fil-A-to-open-3-restaurants-in-Puget-Sound-region-in-2015-270966941.html

CVS Pharmacy -

http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024291586_cvsexpandsxml.html

Bass Pro Shops-

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/reeltimenorthwest/2014/10/19/grand-opening-for-new-bass-pro-shops-in-tacoma-is-wednesday/


We have also confirmed that Chipolte Mexican Grill and Cracker Barrel will be opening in Coeur d' Alene and are also tracking a lot of rumors in our area.

If you ever can confirm a new chain coming to the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area please contact me , Matt at inlandbusiness@yahoo.com




Monday, November 3, 2014

Knife Burger Bar to open in Downtown Spokane

Downtown Spokane's new " restaurant row " along continues to grow with a new restaurant opening next Spring in the former Agave Latin Bistro space at the corner of Lincoln and Sprague. The new restaurant was originally announced as a business called Burger Lab. But, we now know this new space will still be a burger restaurant with bar to instead be called Knife Burger Bar.

Knife Burger Bar is too open sometime in the Spring of 2015 and will create about 20 new local jobs. The new restaurant is headed up by a well known team of local restaurateurs, including Matt Goodwin, Armando Hurtado, Jon Wells, Joshua Hissong and Skip Hissong. Collectively this group owns 14 companies in the Spokane area.

Design work will be done locally by HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group. This is the same group that designed the other restaurants in the new Restaurant Row which currently also include Nudo Ramen House and Fire Artisan Pizza. We're also hearing a rumbling of another new restaurant around the corner in the old Deleon's and a coffee shop in the same block as Knife. Neither of those have been confirmed as of yet.

Knife Burger Bar is described as Spokane's first philanthropic restaurant with a portion of a upcoming Kickstarter campaign being donated, another portion of their sales will also be donated. More info on this is available on their web site which can be found below.

Knife's menu will consist of a selection of specialty burger with several side options. Also, their web site mentions that bacon can be added at no charge, sign me up!

Continue to watch for more on this, and for more now on Knife Burger Bar find them online. And also take a look at the rendering on the page at-

www.knifeburger.com

Social media pages coming soon.

Hop Jack's now open at Spokane Valley Mall

The day has come, Hop Jack's official opening to the public in Spokane Valley. This is grand opening of it's second location in the Spokane area. This new restaurant is located within the Spokane Valley Mall near the Regal Cinema's entry to the mall.

Hop Jack's takes the space formerly occupied by the Tilt Arcade and the Spokane County Sheriff's Dept. sub-station ( the Sheriff's Dept. is now on the second floor of mall ).  As mentioned in the first part of this article, this is the chain's second location in the Spokane market as they also continue to operate a location in North Spokane at 9265 N. Nevada near the Winco Foods grocery store.

Hop Jack's is a chain of restaurant and bar combinations featuring some TV's for sports and many beers ( hence the hop in the business name ) served in mugs at 34 degrees, with a good selection of local beers on tap. Hop Jack's menu is rather large with many burgers, sandwiches and some other entrees. A variety of side dishes are also made available as are appetizers . In addition, they also serve breakfast from a smaller menu on weekend mornings.

The Valley Mall Hop Jack's employs a little less then 100 and is operated by their parent company, Rock Solid Restaurants. The Hop Jack's chain began only a few years ago in Western Washington where the corporate offices remain.

A view of the outside of this new restaurant-

 
 
 
In addition to the opening today ( Nov. 3rd ) , Hop Jack's also has trial dinner late last week in which this blogger got had the pleasure of taking part in.
 
I won't be writing a review based on a trial meal, but will say this will be welcome addition to the dining choices in this part of the area. Here is a look at my food from this meal, to give an idea of what Hop Jack's has-
 
 
 
 
For more information on Hop Jack's including a look at their menu, other locations and even job info find them online at-
 


Flip Flop Shops coming to River Park Square?

Last week while out and about in Downtown Spokane I noticed a sign for franchise opportunities for chain of stores called Flip Flop Shops in River Park Square.

Some quick research on this company has identified that Flip Flop Shops actually identifies River Park Square mall as not only a open territory for a franchise but as what they call an " Immediate franchise opportunity" which means they plan to have store at the mall within the next few months but don't have a local business owner sign on to run it as of yet.

Here is that sign with the chain's information should you be interested in bringing Flip Flop Shops to Spokane-



Naturally, since this new Flip Flop Shop store isn't sold to a owner yet there is no opening date, employment info or even which space they would be at in the mall. In fact it can't even be confirmed officially yet but looks way more promising then some of the other plans and rumors.

Flip Flop Shops is a INC. 500 company and considered the " hot retailer of the year " by the International Center of Shopping Centers.

The company is a retailer of flip flops and casual footwear, selling numerous big brand names. The company is expanding very rapidly with a long list of stores either opening soon or now open.

Watch for more soon, for more information on Flip Flop Shops find them online at-

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