Thursday, July 20, 2017

Skechers Factory Outlet coming to Spokane Valley

It's been almost 2 years since the Skechers shoe brand opened their first outlet store in the Spokane area. That store is still going strong as part of the Heritage North Shopping Center, right by the Y in North Spokane. And, now the shoe giant is bringing their brand a bit east with a planned new outlet location in Spokane Valley.

Sketchers will begin work soon on a new store at 14008 E. Sprague Ave in the Evergreen Marketplace Shopping Center across from Target in the Valley. The new Sketchers Factory Outlet will take up a little over 10,000 square feet of space directly next door to an Office Depot store. As some remodeling work is necessary the store will open sometime in November of this year.

Being a factory outlet store this location, like the other, will carry the full Skechers line. With shoes for men, women, boys and girls for most any occasion as well as accessories  . This is the only currently planned store for the brand in our area at this time.

For more information on Sketchers, visit their website at-

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Major renovations, new name coming to a Coeur d' Alene area hotel

The Shilo Inn & Suites hotel has been acquired and big things are on the horizon for the hotel which stands near I-90 at 702 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene.

The hotel , which is older, is now owned by Town Pump,Inc. of Butte,MT . This is Town Pump's second venture into Idaho as the Town Pump name remains a major player in Montana. There the company operates many gas stations, hotels and casinos.

Town Pump has already began some early updates and is being more aggressive in filling open positions at the hotel. And, soon ( likely in Sept. ) the hotel will be fully remodeled with updates to all hotel rooms, lobby, breakfast room and even the lighting and building exterior. Upon completion of the remodel the hotel will become a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel with completion date tentatively scheduled for April 2018.

The hotel boasts 139 hotel rooms , meeting rooms , indoor pool, sauna and hot tub and boasts a restaurant ( JB's Restaurant ) located adjacent to the hotel out front facing Appleway. It also boasts a prime location just a block away from the US 95 exit off of I-90 and a short drive from Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more information on Town Pump,Inc. visit their web site at-

Hotel rooms in the hotel can be booked on until the conversion to Comfort Inn & Suites.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Spokane's first Firehouse Subs opens, construction underway on Coeur d' Alene's first

We we're the first to break the news that Jacksonville,FL based Firehouse Subs was planning a new location in Spokane. And, now we're one of the first to report that Firehouse Subs location is officially open for business after swinging open the doors late last week.

That new Firehouse Subs restaurant joins a new small strip mall in the converted North side Apollo Spas location at 7808 N. Division. The restaurant space is open to carry out and dine in with a firefighter themed dining area within the 2000+ square foot space. The new restaurant employs about 20 and is open seven days a week.

And, now with this new location open more are planned to come with possibly a few more in Spokane. But, first the next location recently went under construction near the new Cracker Barrel restaurant and across from Winco Foods at 1486 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene. The planned new Coeur d' Alene Firehouse Subs will occupy a space in another small strip mall at the address above. No opening date but this location should be open sometime this fall. 

Firehouse Subs has over 1300 locations , mostly franchised , in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The company is a positive community partner by giving back via a public service foundation called the Firehouse Subs Foundation giving millions for dollars for fire station equipment, training and support.

Like most chains all Firehouse Subs follow the same menu. Their menu consists hot & cold sub sandwiches, salads, sides and more. Kids options and catering are also available and more information about the menu and local hours of operation can be found on the web site-

Monday, July 17, 2017

Former Cheney High School becoming apartment complex called School House Lofts

The Spokane market is currently sitting with record low apartment vacancy levels. This is why we usually have a handful new apartment complexes under construction at any one time around our area. So, because of the regularity of these projects they only occasionally make it onto, usually for uniqueness. And it doesn't get much more unique then a new student housing driven apartment project in Cheney that is nearing completion.

That project is the new School House Lofts student apartment community which is being built within the former Cheney High School at 520 4th Ave. in Cheney. And, unlike all of the new construction apartment projects this is a complete renovation of an historic school building.

The School House Lofts apartments is currently under construction in the final phases with tenants allowed to move in time for this fall's move in at nearby Eastern Washington University. The building will have 36 apartments of varying sizes and floorplans on all 3 floors of the structure.

To stay true to building's history as a school the gym , while not quite as large is being kept mostly as is for tenant use. Even the lockers in the hallway are staying although they will no longer be functional for storage. The auditorium is also staying as common space used for the student tenants to study.

School House Lofts is being managed by NAI Black, rent is to be from $498 for a bedroom in a shared unit to a little over $800 a month for a studio apartment. Apartments will be largely furnished with wifi, bike storage and more. 

For more information about leasing at School House Lofts, visit their web site at-

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Industrial Leases = More Jobs in Kootenai County

A few new warehouses and factories look to be on the horizon in North Idaho. One for a company new to our area and another an ecommerce company that has been growing in our area for sometime now.

Here is the details-

Smak Products,Inc adds new manufacturing plant in Hayden

Vancouver,WA based Smak Products,Inc. has started to process of moving into a manufacturing facility at 181 W. Aqua Ave. in Hayden. Smak is a plastics manufacturer that produces a number of products using a low pressure plastic molding process called rotational molding. A perk for the company to choose the building in Hayden was that a similar company had occupied the building last leaving them with equipment they can use in their processes.

Smak Products, Inc. is already open for business in Hayden with a small crew. However once they are at full capacity the new factory will employ about 45. Company employees typically receive between $11 and $16 per hour.

Macs Designs,LLC dba NanaMac's Boutique leases new warehouse in Post Falls

Although there is no mention of how many jobs exactly it will create, the Coeur d' Alene based NanaMac's Boutique has agreed to lease a 21,000 free standing warehouse building at 6164 W. Seltice Way in Post Falls

NanaMac's is a growing online seller of women's clothing and accessories. They also operate in a brick & mortar retail store under the same name at 2018 W. Main in the Coeur d' Alene's Village at Riverstone shopping center.

The building they will lease was last used by a company called Integrated Ideas & Technology's who recently relocated to the Coeur d' Alene Industrial Park. Another small facility is also already under construction right next door to it for another company that we unfortunately have little information about.

We're also watching closely two planned factories coming just over the Washington border in Spokane Valley. We'll likely have more on that in a future post however...

Several new grocery store options have come to the Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene area

It seems like many people in Spokane are anxiously awaiting a Whole Foods store and Coeur d' Alene's shoppers seem to want a Trader Joe's store to call their own. And, while neither are coming just yet the grocery wars are heating up with a 3 new options opening in our area recently. Here is the details....

For the shopper looking mostly for fresh produce...

Today in fact is the first day of the grand opening celebration for Green's Fresh Market at 4915 N. Market is Hillyard . While the store is small ( 3500 square feet ) and at first is mostly a market of fresh produce only it is awesome.

The store is locally owned and operated by local businessman Jack Green who some may remember as the owner of the now closed Piccolo's Market on Mission. More grocery items are coming and they even hope to have a meat and deli selection in the store in the future.

Green's Fresh Market's grand opening starts today and runs all weekend.

For the restaurant owner / bulk food shopper...

Not everything at the new Smart Foodservice Cash & Carry's new store in Coeur d' Alene is in bulk sizes but it is defiantly the main focus of the Portland based grocery store chain. Cash & Carry already has 2 stores in Spokane and this is the company's first venture into Coeur d' Alene and North Idaho.

This store is a newly built 20,000 square foot building directly behind Wendy's at 208 E. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene. Like all stores in the Smart Foodservice Cash & Carry system the stores are open to the public and require no membership card. You'll find several different departments including walk in freezers for frozen foods and meats. They even have industrial sized cleaning supplies.

For the urban dweller / foodie...

Kinda similar to Seattle's well known Metropolitan Market is the newly opened My Fresh Basket which opened for business only about a week ago on the eastern side of Kendall Yards at the Summit / Monroe intersection.

The store has about 25,000 square feet and is a grocery store in every cense of the word. But, don't count on going into My Fresh Basket and expecting it to be like the endless acres of land under one roof at Wal Mart or Fred Meyer. My Fresh Basket is a fresher more local take on the grocery store concept.

Customers shop in big spaces of organic produce, get fully prepared grab & go meals , indulge on coffees from the in store location of The Roast House . The new store even has a salad bar, a full growler filling station and much more. Well worth checking out...

Also don't forget out local farmers market's , Spokane Public Market has returned as outdoor farmers market in Downtown Spokane every Tues. from 4-7 and I highly recommend the Liberty Lake Farmers Market every Saturday Morning!

Follow-ups on some new business projects

There has been a few new construction projects that people have been asking me about that we're actually already mentioned on the main site, so I figured I'd readdress them as best I can.

Unfortunately as new posts come along some of the older news gets pushed away into the endless abyss that is the Inland NW Business Watch archives.

But if your ever looking for news about a particular project either search for it on the top of the page, read the project listings in the top right or just ask!

So, here is what you have wanted to know lately...

Is U Haul going to take over the vacant former JC Penney store at U City?

We mentioned in early June that we had uncovered some pre-development documents about U Haul creating a new complex in what was once a JC Penney store in the now mostly demolished U City Mall ( that article- ).

Since that posting the plans to create the U Haul complex have moved forward, the company has acquired the space with signs that just recently went up indicating that U Haul is in fact " coming soon " .

This new facility will of course have a showroom for rental of U Haul trucks and other products but the majority will become a 3 story ( including the basement ) indoor self storage complex with over 800 storage units of varying sizes and about 42,000 square feet of space on each floor. It is to be open for business later this year.

What's going in on Newport Hwy. near the plaza with Ashley Furniture?

This was partly my fault as I had the address published wrong when the original article was posted. But the site at 10421 N. Newport Hwy nearby Ashley Furniture & Carpet Barn is being developed into Spokane's 2nd location of the Sonic fast food restaurant chain.

It appears this Sonic will be owned and operated by a Boise based company which is a different franchisee then the one Sonic's near Gonzaga and in Post Falls. No word on when it will open but it will be much like all other Sonic locations with a drive in style that features both drive up ordering booths and a drive thru lane but no indoor dining room.

The new North Spokane Sonic will be 2308 square feet with 18 ordering stalls and 5 parking spaces.

What's going in on Grand across from the Post Office?

Located just feet south of the Washington Trust Bank branch at the Manito Shopping Center the last thing you'd expect to see being built is another Washington Trust Bank . But that's exactly what they are doing on this site that faces Grand Ave. in-between 31st and 32nd across from a post office.

The new Washington Trust Bank branch will actually replace the older one to the north with the bank building sitting more on the north side of the project site. The south side of the project is be developed into a new restaurant which Washington Trust Bank claims to still be recruiting a tenant for that space. The project at first was a bit controversial however as it required demolition of a few older homes, a small commercial building and the relocation of a coffee drive up.

What construction projects would you like to know more about? Send me a message any time via or on our Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gymboree Corp. plans store closures including 2 in Spokane

It's becoming common place to write about new retail store closure announcements. And, today there is another one that will affect 2 Spokane area stores.

Gymboree Corp. a San Francisco based retailer that operates children's clothing stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack brandings will close a total of 350 stores. The store closures are a result of the company restructuring due to more difficult times. Two of the 350 store closures will happen locally in Spokane area malls, no final days are mentioned but some store closures could happen as early as later this month.

The two local stores set to shutter are-

Gymboree River Park Square 808 W. Main #205 Spokane

Crazy 8 Spokane Valley Mall 14700 E. Indiana Ave #1052 Spokane Valley

With this Crazy 8 will have no stores in the Spokane market. However Gymboree stores in Spokane Valley Mall and Northtown Mall will remain open for business. Gymboree also sells via their products via their website at-

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spokane Arena adding hip new dining area called " The Market "

Over the last few years Spokane Arena has evolved significantly. A few new dining options we're added and of course security has been increased with metal detectors at each entrance. But now, the Arena is taking another step forward with the recently announcement that they will remodel a 4100 square foot section of the building on the north side for a new hip casual food court area called The Market.

The Market will be a collection of 5 new food booths including-

-An Asian wrap place

-A Gas fired pizza place

- A craft burger booth

- A new craft beer bar ( the Arena also opened there first craft beer establishment , Boone St. Taproom last year )

And, a new taco stand called Los Tacos de los Muertos . All of these are to be open in time for the home opener of the Spokane Chiefs on Sept. 30th . In addition to The Market the project includes new landscaping to increase space and " weather protection " for those waiting in line for security at the northeast entrance to the Arena which because of it's location and larger size is typically one of the more used entry points.

The restaurants planned for The Market area will be just like the other restaurants within Spokane Arena are only open to ticketed guests of the events at the Arena during the times the doors are open for said events.

For more information on Spokane Arena, including the upcoming events and sports games, visit-

Monday, July 10, 2017

Palouse Bar & Grill opens on the South Hill

The restaurant space that housed the short lived Anthony's Beach Café in the Regal Plaza shopping center ( Regal & Palouse Hwy. ) is filled once more. The new business is another new restaurant and is a locally owned and operated establishment called Palouse Bar & Grill.

Palouse Bar & Grill opened there doors a couple of weeks ago and serves a menu of what they call unique pub-style food and comfort foods. They also offer a full bar with craft cocktails and even offer up 80+ whiskeys.

The restaurant is about 4000 square feet with seating for 90 and employs 35. They'll have there menu available online in the near future as they have a website under development now. 

Coeur d' Alene Kmart to close

And, then there was just one...

The once large discount retailer Kmart has been announcing store closures almost back to back for a couple of years now. Even the company which is owned by the same parent as Sears stores admits a total closure could be on the horizon. Another of the store closure announcement press releases was submitted late last week which included the Coeur d' Alene Kmart store at US 95 & Neider Ave. This leaves Kmart with just one store still open in the Inland Northwest, at 4110 E. Sprague Ave. in East Central Spokane.

The Coeur d' Alene Kmart will close it's doors sometime around October with a store closing sale running for sometime before that. The building itself will likely be up for lease with no word, or even a hint yet as to what store or stores might replace it.

There is also a rumor that the East Sprague Kmart will appear soon on a store closure list. However this latest report indicates if it does it likely would remain in business at least till the end of 2017. The latest store closure list also includes some Sears stores but none in our area are affected.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The rumor is true: Super 1 Foods signs on as first tenant of " The Crossings " in Athol

California based Hughes Investments is about to finally embark on their next project in Kootenai County. A few months ago the developer wrapped up construction at the shopping center that surrounds Winco Foods in Coeur d' Alene and now has their sights set several miles to the north in Athol. Hughes is proposing a development there called " The Crossings " which as you may recall was stalled for a time by the construction of the new US 95 freeway which now runs immediately to the west of The Crossroads project site.

Of course there have been many rumors surrounding The Crossings as it is the first major commercial development for the small town just north of Silverwood & Hayden. One such rumor was of a Super 1 Foods grocery store to anchor the project. And, we can now confirm Super 1 Foods will be a tenant and Vandervert Construction has already started construction on that new store.

The new Athol Super 1 store will be located on the western side of The Crossings ( which is at US 95 & ID 54 ) . That store will be a full service grocery store with 57,000 square feet of space and around 100 employees. This will be Super 1's 19th location and will have much of the same department / items as their others like a deli, bakery, meat dept. and organic / natural food section. If all goes as planned the new store will open sometime in the spring of 2018.

And while Super 1 Foods is the first and currently the only business signed on to open in the development a lot more are coming. Including , a new hotel which will likely be successful due to the proximity to Silverwood. Here is what they are currently purposing at The Crossings -

- Hotel ( 90-120 room range )

- Travel plaza type gas station ( depending on who opens this, it likely would include a restaurant )

- Gas station

- Several pad sites along US 95, in the marketing they are for a couple of restaurants , a bank, a dentist, an auto parts retailer and an un-assigned building which I'm thinking might be for office space.

- A medical office building is also shown in front of the hotel as is an RV park just east of the hotel.

There also was a rumor that the Athol post office was to move to this new development as well. That rumor has since been debunked as the US Postal Service has announced they will re-locate to the former home of KKJ's Pizza Palace elsewhere in Athol.

Please keep in mind that while many things are proposed for this new development, nothing other then Super 1 is a sure thing just yet so construction / opening times on the rest of the businesses there likely won't be for some time yet. I'll be keeping an eye on this project and like always if anyone has creditable information about new businesses planned contact me at .

For more information on The Crossings ( including the site plan and some exciting renderings of the purposed finished product ) , visit-

And, for more information on Super 1 Foods, visit-

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More opens at Northtown Mall, grand opening this weekend

You've probably seen me share the news about the local owned and operated BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More store on our Facebook page ( ). But just what is BeYOUtiful and why is it so different from the run of the mill mall store?

Well I'll let them tell you via this press release all about their new business...

Retail concept debuts in Spokane, WA with the Grand Opening July 1, 2017

Spokane, WA (June 21, 2017) - Something that the Inland Northwest has been missing is a store focusing on bath and beauty products that are locally-made. Insert Jessie Veselka here. She is the creator and owner of BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More. Jessie approached local business women that had the quality products she was looking for to fill a store in the Northtown Mall. Not any product would do. They needed to be natural products and all locally made by the individual. Each business would be offered space to lease and each help run the store on a weekly basis; giving this business a "sisterhood" of women entrepreneurs.

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More is open now with the Grand Opening set for Saturday, July 1, 2017. You can find the store at the Nothtown Mall, 4750 N. Division Suite 1144 Spokane, WA 99207, phone (509) 939-6142.

To celebrate the grand opening you will find sales throughout the store for the entire week. Below you can read about each business owner and what they offer.

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More: Owner, Jessie Veselka, BeYOUtiful offers an amazing line of all natural skin care all while being affordable, as well as our unique yet fun bath bombs. Bath Bombs are natural and skin nourishing!! We customize bath bombs for any event and they are made right here in the store where you can watch the process!

Valley Candles, Soy & Botanical Oil Candles: Owner, Heather Haneberg, Valley Candles are hand-poured using soy wax (vegetable oil) and essential oil blends. All fragrances adhere to RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) and IFRA (The International Fragrance Association) standards for safety and purity. No additives or preservatives are added to any product. Enjoy a clean and healthy burn without carcinogens and chemically enhanced scents.

Clementine and Agnes: Owner, Robin Peltier, Robin is a licensed cosmetologist and instructor in cosmetology and aesthetics. She is also an award-winning makeup artist. This lead Robin to create a line of natural mineral make up called Clementine and Agnes. Along with the mineral makeup there is also a line of makeup brushes, facial pads, and much more. She creates custom coloring on all make up and nail polishes and offers birthday parties or special occasion makeup.

Peace Love and Bath Products: Owner, Kristin Hoover, FRESH Handmade Bath and Body Products. Products are made with organic coconut oil and shea butter.

Healing Stone Foundry, Jewelry: Owner, Lisa Katz, The use of stones by our ancestors for healing has fascinated her for years. She has combined this fascination with research on the healing properties of semi-precious stones that the ancients believed and has put together beautiful pendants along with information on each stone in the setting. Each pendant is a unique piece that resonates with the person who decides to wear a bit of what our earth provides.

Bookworm Designs, Signs: Owner, Alexis, Fun and festive signs for your bathroom. All signs are hand designed by Alexis and the cost ranges from $12-$18.

Lizzy B's Handmade Natural Bath & Body Products: Owner, Liz Cameron, Pamper & nourish your skin with the bounty of nature. Herbs, essential oils & natural ingredients combine to work with your body. All products are handmade without the use of harmful chemicals.

Two new restaurants sign on as work to get underway on the former Ridpath Hotel building

It's been a game of watching and waiting, and while I feel like I'm getting deja' vu saying this...
The renovations of the former Ridpath Hotel are about to get underway. While legal issues and battles over ownership has caused the project to freeze multiple times, this time it finally feels real.

Local developer Ron Wells has cleared the last of the hurdles and even brought on Baker Construction & Development as the project's contractor to begin converting the Ridpath into an exciting new development called the Ridpath Club Apartments. The City of Spokane also recently issued the project a building shell permit indicating this plan is about to go from the dreams of many to actual fruition.

And, what makes the possibility of a new Ridpath even more exciting is that it was recently announced that the ground floor restaurant space is now already spoken for and we'll be seeing a popular local chef opening , not 1 but 2 new places within the renovated space facing W. Sprague.

Chef Jeremy Hansen, of Sante' , Inland Pacific Kitchen and a couple of other ventures will open a traditional French brasserie called Brasserie Ridpath in a portion of the space. And, in what remains he will open Octopus Gin, a nautical themed bar with a dining menu with Asian inspirations, and we assume plenty of gin. Both will likely open later this year but no opening date has been set yet.

Most of the rest of building will be divided up into apartments, 206 in all , designed to be priced affordability so that Downtown workers, young professionals and the like will be able to live close to action of Downtown Spokane. Many of the apartments will be small " micro-apartment " style rental units that will be under 500 square feet. A few condo's will also be offered on the upper floors where a night club once sat. Of course the entire building has sat empty since 2008 when a Las Vegas based investor abruptly closed the hotel which had suffered low revenue and other issues in it's last few years open as a hotel.

For a look inside of the Ridpath and some information from investor / developer Ron Wells here is a video of him speaking with KXLY ( this blog is not affiliated with KXLY )

  I'm sure there will be more to come on this story, including more details on the two new restaurants planned for the Ridpath. So keep checking back and follow us on Facebook at

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work starting for new Carl's Jr. on Northwest Blvd.

Carl's Jr. is continuing to expand their presence in Spokane. The California based fast food chain, via a Boise based franchisee have started work on another new location, this time in front of the former Albertson's store on Northwest Blvd. in-between Maple & Ash. This is latest phase of re-development for that site as the formerly abandoned grocery store has now been split and recently re-opened as a Planet Fitness gym and a Goodwill store / donation center.

Carl's Jr. also recently opened a new location in the 1200 block of N. Division on the site of the former National Furniture store. That makes this new planned location their tenth location in the Inland Northwest.

The new location will sit right at the corner of Northwest Blvd. and Maple , directly across from where a Jack in the Box location opened in 2015. The restaurant will take space that had been used as a parking lot for the Goodwill / Planet Fitness .The new Carl's Jr. will be 2,430 square feet with a drive thru lane and space for about a dozen cars to park ( excluding the spaces next door at the main building ).

Most people already know what Carl's Jr. is so I won't go to in depth into that except to mention that the company was founded some 75 years ago as a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. Today their parent company ( CKE Restaurants ) has almost 1400 locations branded as Carl's Jr and follows it's sister brand Hardee's almost exactly in menu offerings / pricing / policies, etc... .

For more information on Carl's Jr. , visit their website at-

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Global Neighborhood Thrift moves processing center, expands store

Just like it says on their website, Global Neighborhood Thrift is more then just a thrift store. The store, which stands at 902 W. Indiana, by the corner of Indiana & Monroe is operated as a venture of Global Neighborhood. Global Neighborhood is a non profit 501c3 community benefit organization that is locally based. They use the store to provide former refugees opportunities and even in many cases employment within the store. So, it always makes me feel good to report on a place doing good expanding!

Their site on Indiana had housed both the main store and a processing center for merchandise and incoming donations. But due to growth Global Neighborhood has purchased a separate site and recently moved all processing center operations over to the new building. The new processing center has about 17,000 square feet of space and is located at the corner of 3rd & Sherman (323 S. Sherman), just east of Downtown. The new processing center also opens up the non-profit for future developments.

And with the Processing center gone from the Global Neighborhood Thrift's main center it is allowing them to expand their open to the public retail store. The thrift store will be expanding it's furniture offerings and opening a new furniture outlet in the space that the processing center had occupied. The new furniture outlet I'm told is already open for business, although they are always open to donations.

In addition to furniture, Global Neighborhood Thrift is a full service thrift store with clothing , shoes, housewares, electronics and more. And, of course like any thrift store, pricing is significantly lower then the mainstream stores.

For more information on Global Neighborhood Thrift, visit-

And, for more information on Global Neighborhood, the non-profit itself, visit-

H&M to open store at Northtown Mall

Looks like the Sweden based " fast-fashion " retailer H&M is planning to have a second store in the Spokane market sometime later this year. There isn't a set opening date but construction permits are currently pending for a H&M location in Northtown Mall. The chain's other Spokane store opened in late 2012 and remains open on the first floor of Spokane Valley Mall.

H&M will occupy a section on the second floor of Northtown Mall, near Macy's and by the portion of the mall that underwent renovations recently. A local retailer , The Comic Book Store, had previously been in the area the will be remodeled for H&M but that store was moved a few weeks ago in preparation for this then un-named chain retailer. The Comic Book Store is still on the mall's second floor but now located in-between the food court and Kohl's.

Store size , amount of employees and opening date will be updated as we get them....

H&M is a trendy chain of retail stores selling men's , women's , teen and children's clothing and accessories at prices often marked lower then most other mall based businesses. H&M ( which stands for Hennes & Mauritz ) is based in Stockholm, Sweden and today operates about 4000 stores in 62 countries. It is one of just a few primarily mall based retailers that are still in an expansion mode.

H&M has also been rumored to be interested in opening a store in Downtown Spokane and with the recent renovations to "The M" it appeared possible. But, with this news it seems unlikely that we will see a Downtown H&M, but there is nothing confirmed yet...

For more information on H&M , visit their website at-

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New business openings & closings- Facebook edition- Jun. 15th

Here is a look at some of the latest new businesses to open or close in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area...

Why is it the Facebook edition? because these are the businesses that I have shared on our Facebook page ( ) since the last time I did one of these posts. Many new business get write ups on the main website, but sometimes, for various reasons they only get mention on our social media pages. So if you not already following us... drop everything... go to and click the like button!

Oh, and don't forget we're on Instragram too @Spokane_business . I promise I'm going to do more on Instagram soon!

Pine Valley Ranch , an apartment complex on Pines Rd. just south of 32nd is now pre-leasing their second phase which will be ready for residents to move into soon.

Green's Fresh Market coming soon to Hillyard announced their grand opening will be June 19th. I actually did do a full post about their new business which can be found by searching on the top of the page. Pretty cool new market featuring local produce, foods and a lot more coming.

Lilac City Acupuncture, PLLC is now open for business at 2925 N Monroe St.

Tsunga Northwest Arts is planning to open a unique new art gallery at 1114 S. Perry. They hope to be partiality open for business in time for South Perry Street Fair on July 15th.

Idaho Youth Ranch has opened a new thrift store outlet at 6240 E. Commerce Loop in Post Falls. They also still have full thrift stores open in Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.

Beyoutiful Bath Bombs & More has opened for business in the Northtown Mall. They took over the former Yankee Candle store space near the center of the mall on the first floor. While they do sell bath bombs, they actually have a store packed full of other great things including candles from Valley Candles. Many of their items are locally produced! Go them!

YogaJoy announced they will open for business on July 14th. They are, of course, a yoga studio that is going into a space at 12501 N. Division ( in Wandermere )

Rustic which is a quick service restaurant serving several different choices from panini's to pizza and more has opened business at 309 E. Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Hardcore Suppliments which is a retail store focusing on suppliments, primarily for fitness and bodybuilding has began work on opening a new store in Downtown Spokane in the Peppertree Plaza building at 2 W. Third Ave. They will also keep the store they have open now in North Spokane.

Inland Curry a branch off of Sandpoint's Curry in a Hurry started serving authentic Indian dishes out of the commercial kitchen space in the Spokane Women's Club building at 1428 W. 9th . At this time the meals are only available for pick up on Thursdays and pre-ordering is encouraged.

  Stolen Images Photography is now open for business in SoDo Spokane at 301 W. 2nd Ave.

Lucky Vintage & Pretty Things has re-located to a new space on the same road they we're on. Their new address is 1930 S. Inland Empire Way.

Peace of Mind has expanded and opened a new location on the South Hill. That new store can be found at 2808 E. 30th Ave.

Old Joe Clark's which is the old time style photo studio in the Flour Mill has a new owner and they have moved to the Valley. They can now be found at 21 S. Thierman Rd.

Beau Monde Clothing Outlet will be a new discounted / clearance type store of the popular Beau Monde Exchange clothing store in Hayden. The clothing outlet is being set up now and will open soon at 406 W. Neider ( shopping center with Dollar Tree / Grocery Outlet ) .

Clark's Fork a new restaurant that has expanded to Spokane from Bozeman,MT is now open on the ground floor of the Matilda Building at 1028 N. Hamilton. Clark's Fork has breakfast, sandwiches, pastries and more. 

Titan Fitness is now open for business across the street from Northtown Mall at 112 E. Wellesley.

Findlay Auto Group has taken over the former Consignment Furniture space in Post Falls and has since opened the Findlay Value Lot there.

Dutch Bros. Coffee is building a new location in the Valley nearby the corner of Sprague & Mullan / Argonne.

Wildflowers Vintage is now open for business in Millwood at 3201 N Argonne Rd.

Little Kyoto a new Japanese style restaurant that features a good sized selection of Sushi rolls is now open for business in Hayden at 11050 N. Government Way.

Pal Outlet is a new small pet supply store now open in Spokane Valley at 1439 N. Argonne Rd.

RC Addicts is a new retailer specializing in Remote Control cars and the like. They are now open at 14109 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Vitamin & Mineral is a new vitamin / supplement store now open at 12623 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Balboa Capital has opened up a new office in Kendall Yards. They can be found below the Windermere real estate offices there.

Inthreadz is a new local tailoring business that growing quickly. They opened in Coeur d' Alene a few months ago and are now open on the South Hill of Spokane at 3022 E. 57th Ave suite 16. I'm also told they have plans to add locations in Downtown Spokane and Airway Heights coming up.

The Coffee Market a local retailer of coffee accessories such as flavors,etc to both coffee stands and the public... has re-located to a new space at 2623 W. Seltice Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Tails Foundation is setting up shop on their new, significantly larger thrift store space that now will include a community center area in Coeur d' Alene. The store will be at 3513 W. Seltice Way .

American Family Insurance- Jana Pool Agency is planning to re-locate their offices to the newly built shopping center at the corner of Cecil & Mullan in Post Falls.

Black Wolf Gaming Center has unfortunately closed their doors. They had been at 14208 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley

Cricket Wireless is planning a new store in the Shadle Park Shopping Center at 2401 W. Wellesley Suite 102

Did I miss anything? Let me know via

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A new tenant for the former JC Penney store at U City?

U City Mall, the actual enclosed mall portion, is now long gone. Demolition cleared the actual mall section away a couple of years ago after in became obvious re-development likely would not happen with the building falling into dis-repair after being rarely used since it was shut down. The anchor store spaces however remain.

The building that housed the Valley location of The Crescent is now only partly used by a private place called Group Photographers Association who acts primarily as a photo lab for youth sports photographers. The eastern end however has a few tenants including Rosauer's but it is in more of a strip mall type set up.

Towards the middle remains the last completely empty former anchor store of U City, the former JC Penney store. And, it looks like it won't be empty too much longer, although don't get too terribly excited as the tenant isn't a new store or a new restaurant, it's U Haul who appears to be planning on remodeling the structure into a large 3 story ( including basement ) indoor storage facility. This would likely be similar to U Haul's other indoor storage complex they own in Coeur d' Alene visible from I-90 near the US 95 exit.

They are currently still developing their plans but it appears they plan to use the entire building which has about 42,000 square feet of space on each floor. This would make way for many storage units of varying sizes all with interior rows allowing access to only those with clearance , an added security feature over the outdoor mini storage centers.

A 2000 square foot showroom area is also shown in the plans on the northeast side of building, likely to manage the storage units and probably to rent U Haul trucks. The southwest side of the building also features a 4500 +/- square foot space for U Haul's U Box program which is similar to Pods. The U Box boxes would be stacked 2 high by employees in this small warehouse area.

We'll keep an eye on this project and also noteworthy is U City's site is also becoming the home of the Spokane Valley city hall with that building under construction and starting to look pretty nice. We'll have more on that likely in the future.

For more information on U Haul and the services they already offer at a handful of locations around Spokane, visit their web site at-

European Wax Center to set up first area location in Spokane Valley

European Wax Center, a large chain of waxing studios is coming soon to the Spokane area. This news comes as a franchisee of the company has secured a lease on a 1900 square foot storefront at 506 N. Sullivan Rd suite E in Spokane Valley. This is in the same strip mall as a Starbucks and the UPS store, the lease was arranged by Steven Pohl & Drew Ulrick of NAI Black.

The European Wax Center company is based in Hallandale Beach, Fl. and has over 800 locations in 41 states. This will be their first ever location in the Inland Northwest, however they do already have locations around Portland and Southern Idaho.

As the name implies the business does waxing, waxing of all sorts and says they are " revealing beautiful skin " . They also offer a Wax Pass, allowing customers to pre-pay for their waxing services. But, of course they also take single appointments as well.

In addition to waxing, European Wax Center also sells a line of brow, body and skin care items under the Strut 365 brand name. This new business opening also will likely create a few new jobs but it doesn't appear that hiring has started as of my writing this.

For more information on European Wax Center, visit-

Monday, June 12, 2017

Basin Feed & Supply coming to Cheney

The Del's Feed and Farm Supply chain has closed up shop in Cheney, but the building that housed the store won't be empty long as another business has come forward and announced they are planning a store there. The new business is also in a very similar industry just a more local company.

Basin Feed & Supply, which currently operates stores in Moses Lake & Kennewick will open a new store in the former Del's building with no opening date set just yet, although Basin Feed is already working on setting up shop. The new business will occupy the entire 18,000+ square foot building at 2222 W. 1st and will sell the same products as their other 2 locations.

Basin Feed & Supply sells a large selection of farm and ranch supplies with cattle being a big focus for the company. They also have dog & cat food and the Kennewick store does trailer sales although they don't mention if that portion of the business will be offered in Cheney.

The business doesn't seem to have one main website but keep and eye out on this site and our Facebook page for more information in the near future.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Proposed Hayden Medical Plaza to rise, along with multi-level apartment building in Hayden

The City of Hayden, like much of America is aging and with an influx of new residents moving into the small North Idaho city the demands for health care are growing. This is major reasoning behind a new development now being proposed by Spokane based developer K.D. Hull Corp. who is the same group behind Spokane's Iron Bridge Office Campus.

The development is being called the Hayden Medical Plaza and will consist of a two story, 59,000 square foot modern office building with both an above ground parking lot and a  underground parking garage below the building able to park 166 cars.

This office building will rise at 8521 N. Wayne Dr , just off of Government Way and just south of Honeysuckle Ave. Currently there are no tenants announced for the site but marketing and leasing work is underway with the plans being in place to open the doors the building in 2018.

Further north on Wayne Dr. however is another development that will tie in well with the Hayden Medical Plaza plan. K. D. Hull Corp. also plans to build a new building called Honeysuckle Senior Living on the southeast corner of Wayne Dr. and Honeysuckle. This facility will be a new senior housing option and while it is not a high rise it will surely dominate the skyline of Hayden's city center. That's because Honeysuckle Senior Housing will be a six story, 20,000 square foot (per floor ) complex with an underground parking garage just like the Hayden Medical Plaza building. In all this new senior apartment building will have about 70 apartments with the ground floor set aside for activity areas and a pool.

The entire development also boasts quite the location, being just a short drive east of US 95 and the Hayden Wal Mart and an easy trip south into Coeur d' Alene. Several restaurants , stores, banks, etc.. also dot the development's immediate area.

For more information on leasing office space at the Hayden Medical Plaza contact Kiemle & Hagood Company at

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Biscuit Wizard coming to Downtown Spokane

In case you haven't heard, Mediterrano a quick service restaurant from local business person and icon Shahrokh Nikfar has closed it's doors. However his other business, a coffee shop called Caffe Affogato also in Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main remains open for business.

But just like magic another new eatery is coming to the small space being vacanted by Mediterrano. We're learning it will be called The Biscuit Wizard and will be an operation of another well known local name, Chef Jeremy Hansen who already owns the Common Crumb Bakery also in the Saranac Commons building, among a couple of other local resturants.

The plans for The Biscuit Wizard are still being brewed up so watch for updates on it in the coming weeks.  However Chef Hansen did elude to what the new space might be in a recent article to my competition over at the Spokesman Review. He told them that the menu will likely be biscuits in the morning, sausage burgers at night plus street food style bites and walk away smorgasbord items.

Since this is a developing story keep watching this page to see what else Chef Hansen has up his sleeve for The Biscuit Wizard....

Fleet Feet Sports coming to Kendall Yards

We're learning of yet another retail tenant planning to open up shop at Kendall Yards. This time it's Fleet Feet Sports, a sports retailer that focuses primarily on the running scene with footwear, appeal , sports bras and more. Fleet Feet is a small chain, but operated under a local operator and many will note they already have a couple of stores already in our area. This includes a store at 1303 N. Washington St. just east of Spokane Arena which, we assume, will relocate to Kendall Yards instead of operating both so close together.

We are just learning of this plan to open at Kendall Yards so please watch for more updates about when they plan to open, size of store,etc... . However we will leave with this video posted recently on YouTube by Uptic Studios, showing what the new store will look like -

It appears the store will take a portion of the currently under construction " bluff building " next door to Spa Paradiso on Kendall Yards' main street, Summit Pkwy. They will also soon be joined by Maryhill Winery who also plans a tasting room for the their award winning wines in the same building. Chaps Diner & Bakery is also planning a small coffee shop just feet to the east of their planned store site called Paper & Cup.

Keep watching for updates and for more information on Fleet Feet Sports, visit their web site at-

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Payless ShoeSource announces national store closures, 2 Spokane locations to shutter

Shortly after learning that RadioShack is basically now a thing of the past, yet another long running retailer has come out with a long list of store closures. Payless Shoesource is that retailer and they are planning to close the doors forever to as many as 800 of their stores.

Positive news is that the recently released Payless store closure list shows no store closures in Idaho. However, Washington hasn't been so lucky with a total 14 stores statewide on the closure list and of those 2 locations are in Spokane.

The 2 Spokane Payless store closures are-

Northpointe Plaza  9762 N. Newport Hwy. Spokane

Shadle Park Shopping Center 2401 W. Wellesley Ave. Spokane

There is also good news in that Payless Shoesource will still ( for the time being at least ) be open for business in the Inland Northwest. Payless has 3 stores in the Spokane area that are to stay in business and another 3 in Kootenai County that are not included.

All of these store closures are a direct result of Payless ShoeSource filing for bankruptcy a few weeks ago. Payless Shoesource is the largest footwear only retailer in the nation, with a corporate HQ in Topeka,KS. it even now is a large company with the company reporting 4400 stores world wide ( before the closure lists we're announced however, so now 3600 ) . It has been considered one of many brands that "over stored" themselves like we've seen before with Rite Aid and appear to be staring to see with Subway.

Payless Shoesource also sells their products online via-

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chaps Diner and Bakery to open a new coffee spot called Paper and Cup in Kendall Yards

Since tonight is yet another of Kendall Yards' famous Night Market events I find it suiting to share a mention of an exciting new place coming soon to the trendy area just north of Downtown.

This new place will be a coffee place called Paper and Cup and it's being brought to Kendall Yards by the same people behind one of Spokane's favorite eateries, Chaps Diner and Bakery. Paper and Cup will be a very small coffee shop with only 500 square feet.

But, despite it's size they will have and exiting menu of fresh coffee and espresso drinks in addition to pastries and similar type items. Currently tt is to open next month and will be in the same building as The Inlander in the heart of the Kendall Yards Business District.

Watch for more mentions of Paper and Cup on this site and Chaps Diner and Bakery's Facebook page at-

Spokane Tribe Casino takes huge step foward with new name / logo and new office announcment

This morning at a small press conference in Airway Heights ,The Spokane Tribe took a huge step forward in the process of bringing their new casino to area. The Tribe, which has had their new casino under construction for a few months now announced a new name, new logo, new website and even the location of their new temporary offices which they will use in part to do the hiring process for the staff of their new casino.

The Spokane Tribe says they examined several different name choices for the property but in the end settled on a easy to remember name that honors who they are as a Native people. From this point on the casino will be named The Spokane Tribe Casino.

It is of note that the plan was to incorporate the new casino into a partnership with Hard Rock's branding and name. We will be contacting the Tribe to see if they have comment on the relationship with Hard Rock but the lack of Hard Rock in the name might be because of this being only the property first phase where it won't include the hotel or much of what is planned to eventually be included. In fact at it's opening date ( which is to happen sometime this fall ) the Spokane Tribe Casino won't be a huge place but they do plan to continue building to project out over time.

Here is what the Spokane Tribe Casino will include on opening day-

A 38,000 square foot building

450 slot machines

12 table games

full service restaurant and bar ( name, branding & menu to be announced later )

quick service deli type restaurant

small bar located on the gaming floor

The Spokane Tribe Casino will also align itself with the same players club as the Spokane Tribe's other two casino's, The Sun Club , named for the Spokane name meaning " Children of the Sun ".

In addition to the announcement about the name they also un-veiled their new office complex to manage the project from until opening day. The space is actually 3 buildings that previously housed the R&R RV dealership at 13918 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights. Two of the buildings there will be used as office space and the third will be a training center for the Casino employees. This site is all just a bit to the east of the actual casino's site.

Also they unveiled their new logo, which I will post a picture of below this. The logo includes several elements inspired by tribal traditions and culture. The press release indicates that you will find an arrow carved out of the A in Spokane suggests both the good luck of a winning streak and the future prosperity for the tribe and the region. The two horses facing each other, one looking back at the tribe's honored past and one looking forward toward the tribe's bright future. And, the three arrow points in-between the horses also represent the three bands of the Spokane Tribe.

Along with all of this news, the Spokane Tribe also announced they have officially launched a new website that is specific to the Spokane Tribe Casino, you'll find a link to that below. They did mention that the original STEP Spokane website will remain up and being update but that site does refer more to the tribe's plans for the entire site, which they are also developing around the casino at the northwest corner of US 2 ( Sunset Hwy. ) and Craig Rd.

For the website of the Spokane Tribe Casino, visit-

A video of what casino looks like today was also posted today on the STEP Spokane Facebook page at-

And, of note the Spokane Tribe Casino also now has it's own Facebook page ( I was like number 6, btw ). That can be found at-

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Experts determine what new chain's should come to Downtown Spokane, begin recruitment process

Downtown Spokane has changed over the years, even in the 10 years I've lived in the Inland Northwest lots of places have come and gone. But even as some places have opened, there is always more places people are re-questing . And, writing this blog I can tell you some people are... well... passionate about there favorite stores and restaurants!

The Downtown Spokane Partnership and some other community organizations know this and earlier this year they employed Dallas based Buxton to gather data to determine what companies would make a good fit for Downtown. This is based of millions of customer transactions from around the country which Buxton uses to determine the purchasing habits and lifestyle trends of a region, in this case the Spokane region.

So, what companies is Buxton recommended Downtown Spokane try and recruit?
Judging by what people ask me about, I don't think this list is too surprising...

Baja Fresh

Bob's Burgers & Brew

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom


RAM Restaurant & Brewery

Dickey's BBQ Pit 

Mellow Mushroom

The Cheesecake Factory

Panera Bread

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Best Buy

Buffalo Exchange

Cinebarre Theaters

Green Depot


Home Goods

Luch Cosmetics


West Elm

Whole Foods

This research by no means these are surely coming to Downtown Spokane, but are what companies we want, and what companies the DSP, GSI and other local groups will put their focus on when recruiting new businesses to Downtown Spokane.

This list is interesting in that there are a few that are already in other parts of Spokane. And, one we actually have heard has already been looking at real estate Downtown.

Do you agree with this list? Anything you think they may have missed?
Let us know in the comments to this article on Facebook
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Fuel Fitness coming to Coeur d' Alene

A few of my Coeur d' Alene area readers have been asking about the new building rising next to Auto Zone, at Government Way & Haycraft . Well to answer your question it will be something we've seen a lot openings for recently, a new fitness center.

The building which will be about 14,000 square feet, will be entirely occupied by a location of Fuel Fitness. Fuel, is a small chain of fitness centers from Montana and this will be the chain's first location to be located outside of Montana. They plan to have the Coeur d' Alene location open sometime in the early fall of this year and recently opened another location in Missoula which is now open.

Fuel Fitness is a full gym that is staffed 24 hours a day offering some of the latest pieces of equipment and group fitness classes that are open to members at convenient times. They also offer on site child care services and claim to have some of the best personal trainers.

It is important to note however there is already a business called Fuel Fitness on the South Hill in Spokane. These 2 are separate businesses as the South Hill one is a single location local operation. For more info on Fuel Fitness ( the chain ) visit their website at-

Monday, May 22, 2017

De Leon's opening DeLeon's BarTaco in North Spokane

The De Leon family is in growth mode with their businesses with this weekend's announcement that they will be opening a new restaurant in North Spokane. This new restaurant is to be called De Leon's BarTaco.

De Leon's BarTaco will open as soon as June in the Whitworth Square shopping center at 10208 N. Division suite 110. Deleon's BarTaco will be a family friendly restaurant that serves a menu of their most popular tacos, burritos, guisados ( stewed meats ) and on the weekends they will also serve menudo and pozole. They also will have some alcoholic beverage choices.

This new restaurant serves as an addition to De Leon's 2 Hispanic grocery stores which are Spokane's go to spot for Hispanic foods and merchandise. Both of their grocery stores also have in store eateries, bakeries, and of course awesome tamales!

All entities of De Leon Foods is locally owned and operated by the De Leon family themselves. They also produce their own tortillas and tortilla chips which are also sold wholesale to a number of the area's restaurants.

For more info find them online at-

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Green's Fresh Market opening soon in Hillyard

Fresh, local produce and other foods will soon be easier to find in Hillyard with the planned opening of a new store called Green's Fresh Market.

Green's Fresh Market is a locally owned and operated business from owners Jack & Mary Green. They have purchased a 3500 square foot building at 4915 N. Market, at the Market St. & Olympic Ave. and hope to open the new market there next month.

The business will primarily focus on fresh produce but will likely seek to add more grocery items. The even hope to add a limited selection of meats and deli items within the first few months. It will be exciting to see how this business evolves in the coming weeks and months.

Green's Fresh Market can found on Facebook at-

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Monroe Street Grill to take place of former Shari's on Monroe

The former Shari's restaurant location at 1829 N. Monroe has sat empty since Shari's closed down that location about 4 years ago. For a time in 2016 it looked like the site was to be sold and demolished for a new Burger King restaurant. But shortly after that plan was proposed, the franchisee backed out due to the city's rules for pedestrian corridors that would likely have not allowed a new drive thru lane to be constructed.

Fast forward to today and workers are now prepping the building, not to be torn down, but to be saved and turned into a new locally owned and operated restaurant. The owners behind Top of the Line Seafood & Burgers in Cheney are planning on moving their restaurant operations into the building and re-naming it the Monroe Street Grill.

The Monroe Street Grill is planned to open sometime in June and will feature the same breakfast, lunch and dinner menu as Top of the Line did. They also hope to soon add even more sandwiches and dinners and possibly doing more on their smoker. Also the move allows them to hire on a few more employees

Monroe Street Grill doesn't seem to have a separate website set up yet, but more info on the business and their menu can be found on Top of the Line's Facebook page at-

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Advance Auto Parts to kick off new retail project along Ruby

About a year ago we mentioned the purposed plans for a project called the North Gateway Center, off of Ruby north of Downtown Spokane. Many of these proposals come and go and it's sat as little more then a promotional page on SDS Realty's website all this time, until now.

Now it looks like the project is moving forward with a recent city meeting and plans that show an actual tenant in a new building and plans to remodel another building that is already on the site. The site of the development is in-between Ruby & Division , bound by Ermina on the south and Montgomery on the north. The development will someday take up most of the block, except for the northwest corner where " The Bargain Lot " used auto dealership sits today.

The plans now call for-

- The auto repair / tire place at the corner of Ruby & Ermina to be replaced by a 6,912 square foot stand alone Advance Auto Parts store.

- A renovation to the older building that housed Brock's Gunsmithing and a barbershop. It would be leased out but no tenants mentioned for that area just yet.

- The vacant lot to the north , where the shed sales center currently sits is considered a future phase with a new retail building on it and parking space in the rear of the building accessed off of Montgomery. Judging by the site plan I'm guessing that building would also be in the 6 or 7000 square foot range.

Leasing work is ongoing for this project and the project is being marketed by SDS Realty of Spokane. For more information about leasing space here or at their other listings visit-

The Gyro Shack to open location in Coeur d' Alene

A small chain of quick service Greek restaurants from Southern Idaho is coming soon to Northern Idaho. The Gyro Shack, which is based in Boise has secured a location in Coeur d' Alene and hopes to open for business here around the middle of this Summer.

The Gyro Shack operates mostly as small to medium sized shack style drive up buildings but here the chain will occupy a space in the Ironwood Square shopping center facing Ironwood Dr, just east of US 95. This is the only planned Gyro Shack in the Inland Northwest however the company is actively franchising their concept and even have 2 locations being planned for Western Washington. Their other locations ( 4 total ) are in the Boise / Meridian area.

The Gyro Shack promotes themselves as " Real Greek, Real Fast " about a dozen different gyro and pita sandwich choices. They offer everything from an original gyro up to less common choices like a spicy bacon avocado gyro , a Philly gyro and something called The Z. Non-meat lovers will also be satisfied with The Gyro Shack as they also offer a veggie gyro and have sides like a Greek salad. And, of course no Greek restaurant would be complete without fresh baklava.

For more information on The Gyro Shack, check out their website at-

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe to open location at former Buckhorn Inn in Airway Heights

The landmark Buckhorn Inn's building at 13311 W. Sunset Hwy. in Airway Heights won't end up being empty too much longer. The Buckhorn Inn, as you may recall closed their doors at the end of 2016 after being in businesses since the 1970's .

But the building that housed the restaurant and bar has been sold to the people behind Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe and they plan to open a new location of their locally owned and operated deli in the building.

The new Airway Heights Shamus's location will feature identical hours and an identical menu to their other two locations. Both of the existing Shamus's locations in Spokane Valley, one being by Sprague & Havana and the other off of Pines, a bit north of Sprague. These locations will both stay in business as well.

The new Airway Heights location will be the business's largest location at about 3500 square feet. It also will feature a small selection of beer's on tap. Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe promotes that they have " fast service, large portions and fair prices " . Their menu features delicious sounding sandwich choices like Rocky's Italian Stallion, Smokehouse, King of Clubs and many more. Customers can even build their own sandwiches or get soups which includes Ivar's Clam Chowder.

For more information on Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe, visit their web site at-

The Falls, high rise near Spokane Arena, might happen soon

There has been rumblings for quite sometime that a developer was planning to replace the former YWCA campus near Downtown with a huge new high rise project. We hear it mentioned occasionally, sometimes I'll get asked about it, but yet days and days go by and the YWCA buildings sit at N Lincoln & Broadway empty and waiting for someone to do something.

We discovered last year that Spokane based LB Stone Development was hiring for a project manager for the development and while I don't know if that position ever did get filled, it looks like work has moved forward on the plan. We know because plans we're recently revealed along with some other documents submitted for a pre-development meeting with the City of Spokane. And, if The Falls development is built as the plans are now, this will be a game changer for the north bank of the Spokane River.

While this is a HUGE step forward for The Falls it by no means construction will start tomorrow. Actually with a plan of this size I don't expect any construction this year ( I hope I'm wrong though, please prove me wrong LB Stone ) .

So, just what is The Falls. Here is the details-

-Two high rise towers, height and number of floors not shown but once upon a time it was to be 12 stories. Maybe still the same?

- 120 apartments

- 18 condos

- 120 room hotel

- 25,000 square feet of retail / restaurant space

- 25,000 square feet of office space.

The Falls would be built in a similar kind of construction to the newly proposed mixed use buildings next to The Inlander in Kendall Yards. They would be a podium style construction built overtop of a large underground parking garage.

No contractor is shown for The Falls high rise yet but we do know that design work is being done by Collins Woerman Architects of Seattle.

We will keep an eye on this project as it progresses....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spokane Construction Project List

Inland NW Business's main site is updated usually several times each week. But, a lot of you come here asking " hey, what's going in there? " to specific projects. Many of these we're posted, just it's been long enough back that they no longer appear on the main page. So, here are some links to projects you may want to know about.

If you don't see what your looking for, e-mail me at . I may just have missed posting a link to it or maybe it's something I haven't worked into posting on the main site yet and would love to know what you want to know about!

This will remain as the " featured post" from now on so you can reference it at anytime.

New North Spokane Costco

Project at Newport & Holland
*project will also include a small retail center which for some reason I didn't mention in the article.

Popeyes Chicken Post Falls

Watch for more on Popeyes planned location in Spokane. Yes it's coming and yes it's been mentioned on the site but not current enough to share here. I can say however it will be on N. Division on a out lot of the Sportsman's Warehouse store.

Large planned expansion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

The M (aka the old Macy's)
Still no official word on who the commercial tenants will be.

West End Lofts

The Otis possible re-development

The Ridpath re-development
This article is about 2 years old but looks up to date as far as the plan goes. Just legal issues have stalled this project more than once. Looks to actually be happening now though.

Abandoned Tradewinds Hotel being renovated into a Howard Johnson
The opening date mentioned in the article is clearly wrong but it should open sometime soon and I'll re-post about this project then.

New six story Hampton Inn on the Lower South Hill, near Sacred Heart
The opening date has been pushed back to the fall of this year but still coming.

Renovations ( which include a public market ) coming to the former Wonder Bread factory

Jensen Byrd Warehouse to become the "Jensen Byrd District" shops, restaurants, offices,etc..

1400 Tower
Still waiting for this development to get started, no news on it to recently.

North 40 Outfitters coming to Airway

Kendall Yards is finally getting a grocery store, now called My Fresh Basket.

Halletts Chocolates to open a store in Downtown Spokane

We are learning that, Halletts Chocolates , a North Spokane staple and maker of delicious sweet treats is working on a expanding and opening an all new store in Downtown Spokane.

Halletts recently filed for a business license to open a place called " Halletts Chocolates & Coffee " at 1025 W. 1st Ave. This space appears to be the former home of Vintage Angel which is on ground floor of the New Madison Hotel building.

We've reached out to Halletts and they acknowledge they are planning to open a location there, but say they don't have an opening date for it just yet so I will likely be updating this posting at some point, keep checking in.

Halletts Chocolate also has there main " factory store " in a shopping center at the corner of Nevada & Lyons at 6704 N. Nevada. This location will stay in business as the Downtown location will be their second store. Halletts Chocolates offers many, many different chocolate choices from small servings up to boxes that are perfect for gifts. The company is locally owned and operated and they have been in business for around 30 years.

For more information about Halletts, or to browse their online store, check out their website at-

16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks opens new store in formerly abandoned building on Division

Local business owner Jason McSteen like to tell the story about how in 2012 he walked in to the Union Gospel Mission with nothing to his name but 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks . So much so that a few years later, after turning his life around, Jason McSteen now operates a fast growing small chain of furniture stores in Spokane called none other then 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks. Which the business itself even has been a success story as it was originally started as just a mattress shop in a garage.

Today that once tiny business made the announcement that they are growing once more. 16 Cents announced that they will be opening a new third location at 1233 N. Division ( Division & Sharp ) in a building that has sat vacant for the last several years, except for a couple of seasonal stints as Spirit Halloween stores ( last permanent use was a Mattress Outlet if I recall ).

The new store will occupy the entire 22,000+ square foot building and will be a full furniture store, not just mattresses, but everything for most any room of your home. The new 16 Cents location is actually already open for business now and they already have filled a good chunk of the space with truckloads of furniture with more to come. While they are now open, the business plans to do some remodeling to the space and will convert the back room area of the building into a distribution center to also serve 16 Cents' two other locations.

The two other locations of 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks will also remain open for business as usual. Those stores can be found at 6821 N. Division and 2006 N. Ash. The stores also pride themselves on offering credit for furniture purchases, at zero down in some cases, even to people with less then perfect credit.

To see some of what they have for sale and even more information on 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks, visit their website at-

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Indaba to open roastery cafe & donut shop in Kendall Yards

Indaba Coffee Roasters, a seven year old coffee business that's locally owned and operated has made a big announcement. Indaba who already operates 2 coffee shops will open a new, slightly different third location in Kendall Yards.

We're not sure of exactly which space Indaba will occupy at the Kendall Yards development but they do say they it should be open for business sometime in the fall. The new Indaba will be considered a " roastery café & donut shop ".

Indaba Coffee recently extended their hours and added beer, wine and hard cider to their Downtown location. While coffee's from Indaba are available at a few spots around the area their own branded coffee shops can be found at 1425 W. Broadway and 210 N. Howard .

We'll have more on the new Kendall Yards Indaba space in the future.

And, for more info on Indaba now, visit-

Bonsai Bistro abruptly closes in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

We have learned the Bonsai Bistro, a well known Pan-Asian restaurant in Downtown Coeur d' Alene has closed it's doors effective immediately. The restaurant featured an indoor Koi pond on lower level and a sushi bar near the entrance, it has also won a few awards during it's years of operation.

Bonsai Bistro was owned and operated by the Hagadone Corporation who is also the owner of the Coeur d' Alene Resort, several other restaurants and other ventures around CdA. Hagadone Corporation gives no exact reason for the other then that felt the closure was in their best interest. Employees of Bonsai Bistro that would like to stay on are being offered positions with the other Hagadone businesses.

Hagadone Corporation also says they have no immediate plans for the building which was once a call center at 101 E. Sherman Ave. . Even though there are no plans announced the rumors have already started to swirl about high rise projects that Hagadone might build at the site. This is likely because Hagadone backed out of a large high rise expansion of the Coeur d' Alene Resort last year after some complained of it's look,etc... . But, nothing has been officially announced and likely won't be for a while.

We'll keep listening for more....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3rd Facebook New Business Report

I did this one other time and it seemed pretty well received. Here is the deal behind these posts, I do post about many new businesses on the main web site but I share even more on our Facebook page ( LIKE US! )

Why do I post share more on the Facebook page then the main site? because sometime I don't have all the details to do a post and it's easier and faster to keep you, my readers, up to date on projects / businesses I've already mentioned. So, if you haven't already please go like our page.

But, the point behind this post is to actually share all the places I've shared recently on the Facebook page, so here we go-

Cosmic Cowboy Grill in Coeur d' Alene has set their official opening date. Looks like they should be open on Saturday May 6th. They can be found in the Appleway Square shopping center off of US 95, near I-90 in CdA. We actually did a post about them awhile back, find it be searching above if your on the desktop version of the site.

Lancaster Market and their attached San Francisco Sourdough off of US 95 in Hayden as actually been open for a few weeks now but will host an official grand opening celebration on May 13th.

Northwest Pizza Company has finally now opened their new location in Spokane Valley. It can be found at 10604 E. 16th Ave. just west of University Rd.

Kiss & Make Up Beauty Boutique has announced they will relocate to the Garland District. The business which does a varity of salon services will lease the former Amplified Wax Recording Studio space adjacent to the Garland Theather at 920 W. Garland Ave.

Chaps Diner & Bakery already a well known local restaurant in expanding out and will open a small bakery inside the same building as The Inlander on Summit Pkwy in Kendall Yards.

Vertical Options Elevator has leased the former Habitat for Humanity building at 732 N. Napa and plans to be move their offices / warehouse there soon.

A new yoga studio called YogaJoy has started work to open for business soon in the Wanderemere area at 12501 N. Division Suite 5

Local escape room business, Escape has escaped the City of Spokane with a new location now open in Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Escape is just west of the Spokane Valley Mall at 12928 E. Indiana Ave.

GESA Credit Union has opened a new a branch location in Spokane Valley. It can be found at 509 N. Sullivan Rd.

Carpet Barn has opened a new flooring luqidation center at 6325 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.

Simple Machine Bicycle Service has opened for business in the Garland District at 820 W. Garland Ave.

Vanity Nails & Spa has opened at 306 N. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley.

Spencer's Antiques an antique mall that has spent the last several years in a building off of Division is moving to a new place at 3104 E. Sprague.

Liberty Lake Juice Company is a new smoothie / healthy option establishment now open at 1334 N. Liberty Lake Rd. in , of course , Liberty Lake.

Pinky's Pooch Parlor which is a new grooming salon with a developing retail area has opened for business in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 202 N. 4th Ave. 

Hydrangea Thrift Store, Etc. has joined to growing North Monroe District with their new store now open at 2315 N. Monroe.

In River Park Square there has been some changes in the 3rd floor food court area. Hole Shot Pizza & Brew has gone out of business but a new place called Classic Burger has opened on the other end next to Miso Asian.

Express Employment Professionals has moved it's Kootenai County offices to the Crossroads at Coeur d' Alene shopping center. There new address is 2834 N. Ramsey Rd. Suite 104.

And, this is just what I shared during the month of April! So, find out what you've been missing by checking out

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