Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Spokane Valley Big 5 Sporting Goods store opens on Broadway

The California based Big 5 Sporting Goods chain has increased it's Spokane area presence with last week's new store opening in Spokane Valley. This new store can be found at 15735 E. Broadway suite D and is the chain's second location within the city of Spokane Valley.

The new store is Big 5's 433rd location and it's third in the Spokane Metro ( another location is also out in Coeur d' Alene ) . This new Big 5 store occupies around 13,500 square feet of space in a small strip mall located in front of the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. The company invested about $250,000 in remodeling the space that last held Hancock Fabrics and Downeast Basics retail stores.

The new location means several new local jobs although we don't have the exact numbers available to us. Nationally Big 5 Sporting Good employs almost 10,000. The chain is a publicly traded company ( Nastaq:BGFV ) and one of what seems to be shrinking number of retail type businesses that are actually growing both physically and financially.

For more information on Big 5 Sporting Goods, visit-

And, find the new Broadway Big 5 location on Facebook at-

* The new store will also be hosting a grand opening celebration sale starting today ( 4/27 ) and running through Saturday...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New North Spokane Costco construction to start very soon

Plans have been in motion since late 2015 to re-build and relocate the North Spokane Costco store. The plan is to move the big box store from it's current site at 7619 N. Division ( within the City of Spokane ) to a vacant lot at 12020 N. Newport Hwy ( in Spokane County ) . But, the project has been slow to take off between the tax issue ( city vs. county ) and the site's proximity to the now contaminated Kaiser Aluminum Mead campus.

But, we're now learning that this new Costco is about the start construction as the Issaquah based warehouse retailer has now applied for their building permits to construct both the new store and adjacent fuel center. Currently the permit is " under review " and will likely be issued very soon. Because this article is based on the county's building permit filings we don't have any news today from Costco about when the new store will open but we have an indication of that too....

That's because the current Costco has gone up for sale, and in that building's marketing materials it mentions that the sale is contingent on the new location opening, which it says will happen in the fall of this year.

Also, interesting about the current Costco being listed as "for sale" is the fact that there was a rumor that Fred Meyer was planning a store there. With this sale listing it appears Fred Meyer will not be moving in there, at least not right away.

We'll post more about the new Costco as we get it, but here is what we know now-

-To built along N. Newport Hwy, north of the Newport / Nevada intersection.

-Lydig Construction is listed as the general contractor.

-167,317 square foot store

- Over 30,000 square feet larger then the N. Division store

- Fuel center will also be larger then the N. Division store, permit is listed as over 10,000 square feet.

Keep watching this site for more....

Monday, April 24, 2017

Construction starts for new Post Falls Popeye's Lousiana Kitchen

WWe all have been waiting and watching the empty lot at 767 Neufield Ln in Post Falls (along Hwy 41). Why? Because last year it was announced that the Inland Northwest's first Popeyes Chicken location would be built there. Granted the  original announcement had Popeyes opening date before the end of 2016 but delays are nothing new in the construction/ real estate world.

And, first of all please accept my apology for not having an update on this, that is until now...

Yes, construction crews began site work today for the new Post Falls Popeyes. Further backing it up is the Baker Construction & Development sign sitting near the site entrance. The Popeyes project has been on the Baker Construction "current construction" page for some time now.

Now we don't have the opening date yet but we're told a while ago that construction should take 3 or 4 months. Not sure if that includes the site work time but I'd expect now an early Summer opening.

As far as Popeyes planned location in Spokane, yes it is still planned. However due to my work days I haven't went up there it yet so watch for a separate post about that location which is planned at the corner of N. Division and Lyons by the Sportsman's Warehouse store. And, for more information about the plans for the Post Falls Popeyes Chicken location check out this prior INBW post-

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Newly released documents show possible plans for the Wonder Bread Building...

The former Hostess / Wonder Bread factory building ( 821 W. Mallon, Mallon & Post ) near Spokane Arena is one of the keys to future development in Downtown Spokane. The historic brick building has sat vacant since 2000 with thousands of square feet of space just screaming for new life. It's just steps away from the Spokane Arena and the north side of Riverfront Park, it's among the primest of the prime real estate in the Lilac City

Last fall some hope came forward with an 11th hour sale just before the building was to be foreclosed on. The building owners are now Wonder Spokane,LLC with no specific names to be found and just a listed address of what appears to be a financial firm in Denver. For the longest time they have been tight lipped on what they are planning only indicating they do plan to do something with the space.

But for a recent pre-development conference with the City of Spokane, Wonder Spokane,LLC presented a series of documents detailing example plans for the building designed by Wolfe Architectural Group of Spokane. There is still no timeline for construction / opening , but we now know they intend to have commercial uses and no residential component shown. The plan also includes-

- A new parking garage with entry from the north off of Mallon in-between the existing ( and not included ) David's Pizza building and the corner of Lincoln. This area today is also used for parking but is just a surface lot used mostly just during events at Spokane Arena. The garage will also have some limited retail space on the ground floor.

- The main structure stays mostly as is with a new more modern looking addition of a third story on the west end and a second and third story to the east.

- The first floor includes space set aside for an up to 11,045 square foot " artisan food market "

- Most of the rest of the space is shown being divided into " commercial lease space " , likely assuming first floor retail or restaurant and office space elsewhere. These spaces include 19,000+ square feet on floor 1, 15,000+ square feet on floor 2 and 3,000+ square feet on floor 3 .

- A large section of level 3 is set aside as " assembly " space, likely meaning an event center or possibly a restaurant. This space is almost 5,000 square feet with a large 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace attached.

Out of respect for the developer we won't run any screenshots of the plans or renderings ( unless they contact me with some, hint hint... ) . But it does appear a lot of thought has been put into this and if built this project would spur a new future not just for this building but much of the neighborhood south of Spokane Arena. Perhaps we may even see an Inland Northwest Business Watch office in this building some day!

Other then your favorite local blogger occupying office space, what else do you hope to see open for business one day in the Wonder Bread building? I know I for one am very excited about the possibilities of the " artisan food market " space. Let us know you thoughts via Facebook, in the comments to this story on

Cascadia Public House coming to NW Spokane

I've briefly mentioned on this site before that the former home of TonicX and Ash St. Tacos won't be sitting vacant for long after the past restaurants closed. TonicX and Ash St. Tacos vacated the building ( 6314 N. Ash, near Francis ) only a few weeks ago and work is already well under way from new owners for an exciting all new place called Cascadia Public House.

Cascadia Public House will be a locally owned and operated full service bar / restaurant that aims to open for business sometime in May. They'll offer a full bar with about 10 beer taps and a food menu of about of about 25 to 30 items featuring fresh Northwest ( Cascadian ) fare. They plan to work hand in hand with several farms in the region. In addition they'll also have mostly local beers and will be getting their bread and buns from a local bakery.

The new owners are revamping the space from top to bottom and promise to have some "really awesome custom features " .  They'll also have two custom built fire pits situated on the planned patio helping make them as they say " the perfect place to hangout and spend your summer nights by the fire "

Of course we'll have to get to summer first :)

For more information on Cascadia Public House check out their developing website at-  or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Region's first Wal-Mart branded gas station opens in Post Falls

It's far from a new idea to have a big box retailer offer a gas station in their parking lot, but with the exception of some site's that the chain leased out to other operators, Wal-Mart has not dabbled in this field. That is until now, as just a couple of years ago the Arkansas based mega chain announced plans open Wal-Mart branded gas stations with a somewhat aggressive expansion plan for the concept.

And, now the first of these new Wal-Mart gas station's in our area is now open for business on a out lot of the Wal-Mart store at 3050 W. Mullan Ave. in Post Falls. Some may actually remember a gas station once existed not far from this new one under one the above mentioned lease agreements. That gas station however has now been closed for several years and a Burger King restaurant has since replaced it.

For the time being this new Post Falls Wal-Mart gas station will be the only one in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area , although we expect more to come, none have actually been confirmed. The new fuel center's promise affordable gas and a small store packed with many essential items. The convenience store at the Post Falls location is about 1440 square feet and has a selection of snacks, sodas , gift card / cell phone minute cards, beer and F'Real milkshakes.

The new gas station opening means the creation of about 8 new jobs and it will be open daily from 5am - 11pm.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One Tree Hard Cider planning new tasting room in Downtown Spokane

At one time One Tree Hard Cider was planning to open a cider house tasting room in Kendall Yards. One Tree has since backed out of that plan and announced last week their intension to open their first tasting room outside of their production facility in an up and coming section of Downtown Spokane.

One Tree Hard Cider has leased an approx. 1600 square feet of storefront space at 111 S. Madison in the New Madison Hotel building. The space will be fully remodeled and should open sometime in June, joining several breweries, wineries and cider producers who already have set up shop in the city center. After the new location opens they will shut down their tasting room space at their production facility in Spokane Valley to make room for new production space.

Until then that tasting room will be open, it can be found at 9514 E. Montgomery Ave. Suite 25. One Tree Hard Cider is a fast growing hard cider producer with several flavors like huckleberry , lemon basil and more sold primarily in bottles from a number of grocery stores and specialty stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Illinois . The new Downtown cider house will also be able to do growler fills.

For more information on One Tree Hard Cider, visit-

One Tree has also set up a Facebook page for the new Downtown Cider House, to keep up on the progress of their opening, check-

Some chain restaurants close local locations + other news

While there is more restaurant's opening in Spokane then closing right now, there are still sadly a few closing down. Here is what's happening-

Quizno's closes in Airway Heights

At one time Quizno's Subs had several locations all over the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But, all that remains is the location inside Spokane International Airport after the Airway Heights location has now gone out of business. That location was at 10408 W. US Hwy 2, near Wal-Mart , no mention of why this location closed.

Costa Vida " moves " it's Lincoln Heights location

Costa Vida has closed down their location at the Lincoln Heights shopping center at 2915 E. 29th. Costa Vida however claims they actually just moved this location to their new location in Spokane Valley. The new Valley Costa Vida will be at 10 N. Sullivan, in the same plaza as Petco by Sprague & Sullivan.

Costa Vida also recently opened a new location in North Spokane at 9412 N. Newport Hwy.

Reports say Papa John's has closed on the South Hill

We're hearing the Papa John's location at 2926 S. Regal has been abruptly shut down. No word on the reason or if they plan to re-open at some point.

All other Spokane area Papa John's Pizza locations are still open for business, including their newly opened location at 180 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden.


Don't worry about the Spokane area loosing restaurants as in addition to the new restaurants mentioned in our post last week we're learning of a few more. Looks like Thai Bamboo will be building an all new location on the South Hill to replace an older smaller location, Pizza Pipeline is moving one of their locations in North Spokane and Dutch Bros. says they are opening another new location with our info pointing towards another Spokane Valley location.

Also, keep an eye on this site as I have some more info on Cascadia Public House and hope to have info on a new coffee shop now open in the Northtown Office Building soon.

Tips welcome...

We always welcome your tips on all new and closing local business. Contact me anytime at

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Starbucks now open at Ruby & Sharp

Spokane's newest Starbucks location is now open for business ( yes, another one... ) . The new location has a prime location just a short distance off of the Gonzaga University campus. It can be found at 1310 N. Ruby at the corner of Ruby & Sharp and was formerly a Taco Time restaurant.

The building has been completely remodeled since the building's days as a fast food restaurant. The building now touts a more modern gray and silver exterior with both indoor dining and a drive thru. The location is roughly 2200 square feet with upgrades done to most every part of structure. The project was valued at $400,000 with Starbucks leasing the building from Wadsworth Development Group who also owns the still open Spokane area Taco Time restaurants. They also currently have their Taco Time location on Third Ave. Downtown up for sale.

The location of this new Starbucks is prime for Gonzaga students and commuters on Ruby / Division. Because of the location, this Starbucks has longer hours then most others in Spokane with it being open Mon-Fri 4:30a - 10p and Sat & Sun 5a-9p . Everything on the typical Starbucks menu is available here, including their newest drink the Unicorn Frappuccino which launches tomorrow. Mobile ordering is available via the Starbucks app as are some retail coffee sales.

More information on Starbucks can be found on-

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cheney Federal Credit Union to open second location near I-90

One of the Inland Northwest's smaller more hometown driven financial institutions is on track to expand their presence with a the recent announcement of a new branch location on the West Plains. Cheney Federal Credit Union has purchase land and will begin construction on a branch location at 10611 W. Westbow Rd, across the road from the Petro Truck Stop and just a quick jaunt southeast of I-90 at the Medical Lake exit.

The new location will position CFCU in a area that has seen significant growth in recent years and more convenient to members and prospective members living to the north of main location on W. 1st Ave in Downtown Cheney.

The new Westbow Rd. CFCU branch location will be built out by Baker Construction & Development of Spokane with a projected opening date being set for sometime this fall. The new branch will be 2735 square feet and employ about 12. It will also boast 3 drive up teller lanes and two 24 hour ATM's .

Cheney Federal Credit Union today has over 5000 members and $94 millon dollars in total assets. Membership in the credit union is available to all who live , work, worship or attend school in the Cheney or Medical Lake School Districts. For more information on CFCU, visit their website at-

Garland Animal Clinic opens in new larger former Garland Liquor Store building

After about six months of construction the Garland Animal Clinic has relocated to former site of the Liquor Store in the Garland District and is now officially open for business. The veterinary clinic had been located at 623 W. Garland, and while the location isn't far away from their old clinic it is significantly larger.

At 6500 square feet their new home is almost 3 times the size of their former clinic. In addition to the extra floor space they also now have 2 more exam rooms for more prompt service. It also fills the void of the formerly vacant liquor store space just to the west of the landmark Garland Theater.

Garland Animal Clinic has 5 experienced veterinarians who provide quality care to most any pet. They are also a full service veterinary clinic with comprehensive medical , surgical and dental care all under one roof and open six days a week.

For more information on the Garland Animal Clinic , visit their website at-

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Maryhill Winery to be first tenant of Bluff Building at Kendall Yards

Construction has started on the " Bluff Building " in-between Spa Paradiso and Nectar Beer & Wine in Kendall Yards ( 1323 W. Summit Blvd. ) . But, up until now we we're told there would be more then one tenant but no names we're ever released.

We now know the popular Maryhill Winery of Goldendale,WA will open a satellite tasting room in the building. The winery will occupy a 5000 square foot space with a 180 degree view of the Spokane River and Downtown Spokane in addition to a outdoor balcony area. They plan to have occasional live music, a wine club and periodic private and public events.

Maryhill Winery is one of Washington's largest wineries producing some 80,000 cases a year from their winery that sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. Their Goldendale facility draws 75,000 wine enthusiasts each year to it's tasting room and adjacent 4,000 seat outdoor amphitheater. Maryhill Winery is owned by Craig & Vicki Leuthold who are both natives of Spokane and they have driven Maryhill to win over 3000 awards since it's first vintage in 2001.

This will be the second winery to set up shop in Kendall Yards and the Bluff Building is one of several active construction sites that dot the up and coming urban village. Maryhill Winery's Kendall Yards tasting room will open sometime this fall.

For more information on Maryhill Winery, visit their website at-

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New restaurants we're following...

We're tracking 2 new restaurants in Spokane that we're just now learning about. In the coming days we'll tracking down information on each...

A new restaurant for the Shari's building on N. Monroe -

At one time the now abandoned Shari's Restaurant on N. Monroe was to be demolished for a new Burger King. That plan was shelved because of the city's rules barring drive thru's in pedestrian friendly neighborhoods like North Monroe.

But, it looks like a couple months after giving up on that redevelopment we'll still have something occupying the building at 1819 N. Monroe. This as a sign permit has been filed for at the same location for 2 signs bearing the name Monroe Street Grill.

A new restaurant at the former Anthony's Beach Cafe location on S. Regal-

Some work is being done inside the site that was Anthony's Beach Cafe in the Regal Plaza development on the South Hill. It appears it will be a local place possibly called Palouse Bar & Grill as that is the name they used on the state liquor license application.


I know everyone wants to know but as of today there has been no updates about when Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen will open their planned locations in North Spokane and Post Falls.

While not a restaurant One Tree Hard Cider announced today that they will be opening a cider house in Downtown Spokane at 111 S. Madison.

Shamus's Sandwich Shop with 2 shops in the Valley has announced they are planning a Airway Heights location. The address matches the now closed Buckhorn Inn but they just say to stay tuned as it's early in the opening process.

The building that housed the recently closed TonicX and Ash St. Tacos is becoming a place called Cascadia Public House.

An commercial pre-application was filed with the City of Spokane Valley for a new, un-named restaurant at 9331 E Montgomery.

And, even more... keep watching...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Window Dressing & Terrain hosting a pop up shop in Steam Plant Square

Tomorrow night ( Friday, April 7th ) during Downtown Spokane's First Friday event will be the opening day of a new pop up retail shop. The shop is venture of Terrain and their sister program Window Dressing, who already are active in boosting the local art scene.

Window Dressing's pop up shop will open on Friday but will stick around for a while, although we have not heard back about how long the shop will be in business. The store will provide a sales space for numerous local makers, crafters and creative entrepreneurs. The list of businesses participating is long but includes such names as Black Sheep Paper, Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies , Spokane Doesn't Suck and several more.

The Pop Up shop will be in one of the storefronts at Steam Plant Square at 159 S. Lincoln in Downtown Spokane. There it will join a collection of other local shops and boutiques like French Toast, Paper Nerd Stationary & Candy Bar and While Lavender.

The grand opening of the Window Dressing pop up shop will be from 5-8pm . Twin Towers will be performing and they will have beer provided but another neighbor , Steam Plant Brewing Co. . The event will be a definite must visit during the already awesome First Friday event with art , live music , food and more at almost 50 venues dotted around Downtown Spokane and Kendall Yards.

For more information on all that Window Dressing does for Spokane, check their website at-

And, for more information on Terrain, visit their website at-

Monday, April 3, 2017

Chronic Tacos opening a location in Downtown Spokane

Chronic Tacos Mexican Grill may not be the largest chain of fast casual Mexican restaurants , but they are growing and fast. And, now the Southern California based company as it's expansion sights set on Spokane where they have entered a lease to open a new restaurant right in the heart of Downtown Spokane.

Chronic Tacos is to open in the last open ground floor space of the Bennett Block building at the corner of Main & Howard. It will open in a 2000 square foot storefront sandwiched in-between Rocky Rococo Pizza and the newly open Carhartt Outlet Store. The restaurant at this point in time is still a few months away from opening as a full remodel will be done to the space.

The chain has just 37 locations, mostly in the US but they have started to branch out into Canada. Their menu is made up tacos, burritos, " bowl-ritos " and more made fresh using third generation recipes. Chronic Taco's restaurants are laid back places using the motto of the " taco life " .

Catering services will also be available upon request and some menu items are available vegetarian and / or gluten free, please contact the restaurant directly for more info.

For more information on Chronic Taco, including a look at their menu, check out-

Schweitzer Engineering to move Spokane office to old ITT Tech building

It was a bit of a dark day in Sept. 2016 when ITT Tech closed their doors nationwide with many students still enrolled. But time is moving on and for the Spokane area's only ITT Tech campus building it looks like life will come back to it soon. An exciting Pullman based company, with an office already in Spokane Valley, will move in potentially even creating more local jobs for Spokane.

Schweitzer Engineering has purchased the 28,000 square foot single story building at 13518 E. Indiana Ave. and will remodel it to open their local office there. Schweitzer will move there from a much smaller office space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. While Schweitzer Engineering employs thousands company-wide, currently only about 60 are based out of the Spokane Valley office. But with this new office space the company will have room to expand, allowing Schweitzer to more then double the Spokane based workforce as sales allow.

Schweitzer Engineering or SEL as it also called designs, manufactures and supports products and services for electrical generator / transmission protection and distribution automation / control systems. They are an employee owned company with their customers coming from a wide range of industries and geographic locations.

The company plans to be operating out of the former ITT Tech building by sometime this fall. for more information on Schweitzer Engineering, visit their website at-

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Philly Express to open new location near Downtown Coeur d' Alene

After sitting vacant for several months it looks like a new restaurant is opening soon in the former Subway space at 1500 Northwest Blvd. in Coeur d' Alene. Subway as you may recall moved this location to a new building on Sherman in Downtown CdA.

The restaurant, planned for the high traffic location is Philly Express. They are a locally owned and operated business that's already known for serving up some delicious and big Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from a space inside the Silver Lake Mall. Philly Express plans this new location to be a second location with the restaurant in the mall also staying open. Hiring for the new place is underway, it will have both dine in and carry out in a about 1800 square foot space.

The Northwest Blvd Philly Express will open around May and will likely have the same menu and fast casual styling as their original store. While known for their Philly Cheesesteaks customers can also find salads, burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more. A look at their menu, and more information can be found on their website at-


New Maverick locations popping up all over Spokane, 3 under construction, 2 planned

The Utah based Maverick chain of gas stations / convenience stores is clearly finding success in the Spokane market as they continue to aggressively add new local locations. On top of the 3 that are currently in various phases of construction, and the 3 that already open for business, we're learning of 2 more stores in the immediate pipeline for Spokane. Those new locations are planned for-

( Northwest corner of Sullivan & Marietta, near the Spokane Business & Industrial Park )

Southwest corner of Francis & Market , Spokane 
( Currently only in the "pre-development conference" stage, but likely to open )

The new Maverick on Market is of interest because the lot it will be built on is occupied by a couple of run down buildings that will be removed for the new business. That location's construction planning documents include a rendering of their proposed signage that includes the Cinnabon name and logo implying it will open with a Cinnabon location inside of it.

There new planned Maverick's will join a list of 3 other new locations currently further along at-

1019 E. Francis Ave. , NE corner of Francis & Nevada in North Spokane
4337 S. Regal Ave , NE corner of S. Regal & E. 44th on the South Hill

2415 N. Argonne Rd , NW corner of N. Argonne & E. Montgomery in Spokane Valley

The location at 1019 E. Francis is the one we've been getting a lot of e-mails about because it is going into the site where Spokane Boys had sat for many years. Spokane Boys is shifting their operations to another part of their lot and not going out of business.

Maverik is known for being a clean lower priced gas station chain with a Bonfire brand of hot foods prepared on site and some other features not found in other gas stations. Their locations are mostly uniform with 5000 or so square feet and many fuel islands. For more information about Maverik visit their website at-

New building to house Crossfit Duratus / other business on Helena, nearTrent

Foundation and site work is happening now for a new building at 711 N. Helena, just north of Trent in Spokane. The building which is being built by Beacon Builders, LLC is owned by Kevin Longmeier.

The plan is to build a new modern building from the ground up for tenants. One tenant being Crossfit Duratus who will move to the new space from 1303 N. Washington and another 2000 square feet space in the gym is currently up for lease with Goodale & Barbieri Company acting as the listing agent.

The new building is to be completed sometime around August and is a prime location nearby both the University District and Gonzaga University only blocks away. For more information leasing the remaining open space visit or call Ryan at 509-344-4909

And, for more information about Crossfit Duratus visit- . They will remain open with several daily crossfit fitness classes at their N. Washington St. location till the new building opens this Summer.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Expansion planned to create new tenant spaces in The Institute for Physical & Sports Therapy building

It wasn't too long ago that The Institute for Physical and Sports Therapy moved into the their new home at 11402 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane. But now, while their business is staying put, big things are planned for their building.

Plans call for and expansion of the southern side of the building to create 3,000 square feet of new space. This section would match the original side of the building and would be leased out to tenants that compliment the current business. Currently they are looking for tenants in the medical or similar fields like dental, chiropractic, etc...

The space will either be leased as a whole at 3,000 square feet or in 2 1,500 square foot spaces. Give them a call at 509-464-1813 for more information.

Malinka Euro Market opens in Spokane Valley

DSpokane's newest link to Russia and Eastern Europe is now open for business in the Greenacres Shopping Center at 18203 E Appleway. Malinka Euro Market is a full European grocery store with some gifts and absolutely delicious looking cakes and baked goods and they're open seven days a week.

For more information find them on Facebook at-


New Post Falls Goodwill opens Friday!

The new Post Falls Goodwill at 4040 E. 16th Ave. is almost complete and will officially open for business after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:45am Friday Mar. 31st

This location replaces the older leased location on Seltice Way further into Post Falls. For more information on this new location, which includes more than just a Goodwill thrift store check out this past post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch-

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym now open!

Today is opening day over at Spokane's newest climbing gym, Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym in North Spokane. All the info on them can be found in past post about them which can be found here-

Congratulations, Bloc Yard!

New Downtown Sushi Sakai opening next month

A new, already known , sushi restaurant is setting up shop in Downtown Spokane and they are eyeing and opening within the next few weeks....

Sushi Sakai is locally owned and operated and already has 2 locations open for business. One near Gonzaga University on the Boone & Hamilton corner and another at 11420 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley. In April Sushi Sakai will add the former MacKenzie River Pizza Co. space at 818 W. Riverside in Downtown to their location list.

The new Downtown Sushi Sakai will be decent sized with just over 4000 square feet, it is to be similar to their other locations. Each serves a menu of many sushi rolls, among the freshest in town with generous cuts.  The restaurant will also offer some Japanese and Korean dishes, offer take out and will have a bar.

They will have a new website soon at . In the mean time more info can be found on their Facebook page by searching for Sushi Sakai.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Update- New apartment building rising at Sprague & Madelia

Community Frameworks latest apartment building construction project is now well underway in a neighborhood of Spokane that has been in need of revitalization.

A long E. Sprague at the corner of Sprague & Madelia where a used car lot had operated is now the frame of a 3 story building to be occupied by affordably priced apartments. The building will have 36 rental units and should be ready for occupancy around October of this year.

A second phase of this project is to include a handful of townhomes behind the main building. This portion of the project is on a slightly different schedule and will be done closer to the end of the year. The project will be call 1 South Madelia , a reflection of the building's address and the second major apartment project recently for Community Frameworks who recently completed 315 West, north of Downtown. This project also joins the Sprague Union Terrace building in providing new housing and community spaces for the neighborhood.

Community Frameworks doesn't mention this project as of yet on their website, but they will. And for more information on their many programs / already open apartment developments, visit-

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Renovations coming for The Otis Hotel?

Not much is known as of today about what the future holds for the vacant Otis Hotel building at 110 S. Madison St in Downtown Spokane. But if the documents I've un-covered are any indication we might be seeing a re-birth of the building that today is more famous for being used in the TV show Z Nation then any sort of permanent occupancy.

But just a few days ago a " pre-development conference " application was filed for the Otis showing a renovation plan for the building. Under that plan construction would start in about July of this year to create a new mixed use development. Newly renovated commercial space would occupy the first floor and apartments on floors 2-5.

The plan calls for just over 100 apartments, all studio and one bedroom units, likely using the micro-apartment style as the floor plans show the smallest apartments being in the 250 square foot range.

The Otis has been vacant since 2007 and was last used low income housing but was originally opened as a hotel in 1911 with a restaurant on the bottom floor. That bottom floor space will return to commercial use under the re-development plan but there is no mention of what kind of business would be there.

Keep watching this site as we expect a more formal announcement about this building in the next couple of months.

Region's first Staybridge Suites planned in Coeur d' Alene

A brand of hotel with no locations as of yet in the Inland Northwest is planning on opening a franchise here in the coming months. That brand is Staybridge Suites and they are a part of the much larger Intercontinental Hotel Group ( Holiday Inn is included under this parent company ) . They are still in planning phase for their first location here so no opening date is set yet and construction at the site likely won't start for awhile.

Staybridge Suites will open in Coeur d' Alene near the main entrance to Riverstone, just off of Northwest Blvd. The hotel is expected to occupy the entire lot immediately to the north of McDonald's and will offer 96 suites on five stories.

Plans also call for the hotel to have an indoor pool , fitness center , complimentary breakfast , wifi and more. Staybridge Suites are a more apartment style suite hotel with suites including kitchens , similar to Residence Inn hotels. The chain has been in business since the late 1990's but has really seen more aggressive expansion in the last few years. Currently the brand has over 220 locations and another 114 are in development.

This new hotel would be the second hotel to be purposed with a short stretch of the Northwest Blvd. corridor north of Downtown Coeur d' Alene. A Fairfield Inn & Suites is behind their original schedule but is apparently still planned near the Northwest Blvd. / US 95 junction. These projects will likely help alleviate the high occupancy rates hotels often hit in the resort city during the warmer months.

For more information on Staybridge Suites, visit their website at-

And, keep watching this posting as we hope to have more information like renderings and timelines soon.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spokane / Coeur d' Alene to lose more Radio Shack stores under bankruptcy filing

Radio Shack, a Fort Worth,TX based chain of electronics stores unfortunately filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. This is their second time filing after the company entered and successfully exited bankruptcy in 2015 but not before shedding some 2400 stores nationwide.

Expects say Radio Shack may not be able to recover from this filing but so far no news has been officially announced on that front. Currently the chain is planning to close a little under 200 more stores and sadly it looks like 2 of the those closures are stores in our area. These locations include...

Radio Shack- Francis
1910 W. Francis Ave. ,Spokane

Radio Shack- Coeur d' Alene Town Center shopping center
131 E. Best Ave, Coeur d' Alene

Both of these locations will host clearance sales which have already started. And good news is neither will become vacant. This because after Radio Shack's last bankruptcy their existing stores became half Radio Shack and half Sprint cell phone store. In the case of both of these locations they will just become Sprint locations. However it is not mentioned if this means employee lay offs or not.

For the time being Radio Shack will also maintain 2 Spokane locations, even though this round of closures leaves Coeur d' Alene with no locations. The 2 local Radio Shacks not included in the closures ( but, this may change... ) are at Lincoln Heights shopping center ( 2829 E. 29th Ave. ) and 13516 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

For more information on Radio Shack, visit-

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cooper George Building to be renovated into apartments

Note: This article is developing and will probably be updated again in the future.

South Hill Senior Living, the current assisted living center tenant of Spokane's Cooper George building is closing it's doors. They will leave the building at the beginning of May and staff and the state is currently working to find new homes for center's resident's, many of which have already relocated. 

But, while it is sad for the closure of the assisted living community. The future of the building itself is bright...

We have discovered that the Cooper George building, a 13 story building built at 707 W. 5th Ave, will be converted into a multi family apartment complex. Renovations will likely start this spring or early Summer with a new owner at the helm. The building will now be owned by an un-named Oregon based developer who is using the name Cooper George,LLC .

At this point not much is known about the apartments themselves to be built in the building but there will be a full remodel before the complex opens. The developers plan to add a fitness center and split up the historic high rise into about 144 apartments.

The building, when it re-opens will likely be in high demand as it will be just blocks away from Downtown with some apartments likely having views of the skyline. The neighborhood is also adequately served by a few STA bus lines and surrounded by some of Spokane's largest employers. Keep watching as we'll likely have more on the project, like apartment features , rent rates and opening date in the future.

New Goodwill on Northwest Blvd. to have grand opening Friday

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest's newest thrift store location is about to open for business. This new Goodwill is a part of a redevelopment of the former Albertson's grocery store at 1617 W. Northwest Blvd. There Goodwill will occupy about half of the original store building with about 20,000 square feet of both retail space and a donation / processing center ( the store side is about 10,000 square feet ) .

Goodwill splits the building with a new location of the Planet Fitness chain of fitness centers. A pre-grand opening sale is going on now for Planet Fitness and they are to open their side of the building sometime around the end of this month. A new Carl's Jr. restaurant is also planned on a pad site in the parking lot. As is couple of other commercial spaces that will probably be on the part of the lot where Albertson's once operated a gas station. The building and entire site have been vacant since Albertson's closed that store in 2011.

The official grand opening celebration for Goodwill will be on Friday, Mar 17th from 9am - 8pm . Customers during the grand opening can enter to win a $50 Goodwill gift certificate. Spokane Indians mascot Otto will also be there from 9:15 - 10:15 for photos, and Kiss 98.1 will be broadcasting live at the store from 3-5.

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest also currently has another store under construction over in Post Falls. That location on Hwy 41 & 16th Ave. should be also be opening in the near future and is actually a larger new replacement for the currently Post Falls Goodwill store on Seltice Way. We'll have a separate post about that store when we know more.

For more information about Goodwill and there programs here in the Inland Northwest, check out-

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Washington Trust Bank to remove several South Hill buildings for new branch / eatery

It's a bit of a controversial project as it involves the demolition of 5 homes, a commercial building and a drive though coffee stand. But, Washington Trust Bank is moving forward with what they believe is a project that will benefit the South Hill neighborhood that it is to be built in.

The project calls for a site on the east side of the 3100 block of S. Grand to be redeveloped into a new branch for the bank , a restaurant and a surface parking area. This site is just feet away from an open for business branch of Washington Trust , which is smaller then the new planned branch and outdated. That branch will be relocated to this new site once it completed.

A new modern looking bank branch would be on the northern side of the site, directly at the corner of 31st & Grand. A driveway would be installed mid block to access the parking which would be on the back portion of the site. To the south at the corner of 32nd & Grand is where a new restaurant will be built although the name of that restaurant has yet to be released or even when that might get built.

There is no set opening date for the new bank location and no known timeline for the removal of the homes. However Washington Trust Bank has filed for permit with the city for demolition and grading at the site. It is said that the homes they plan to remove we're all vacant or rental properties, although they do have a significant history which is part of the reason behind the controversy on this project which has many of the site's neighbors upset over the news of this project.

What do you think, will this Washington Trust Bank project benefit the neighborhood / city or should they look elsewhere? Let us know what you think in the comments section of this story on our Facebook at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Call for help: A new store at 37th & Grand?

Unfortunately, two Albertson's stores in Spokane closed their doors earlier this year due to lagging sales figures. But, we keep hearing a rumor about a plan for one of those two stores, yet in our research we are coming up with nothing...

Sure these maybe just rumors but I figured I'd give this a try. And, ask my amazing readers if they have any credible information on if a new store is coming into the former Albertson's store at 37th & Grand on the South Hill ???

One rumor even surrounds a chain that would be new to Spokane. It looks like there is a post about this on the South Hill NextDoor page but I unfortunately don't live on the South Hill so I can't log into that part of the NextDoor site. I'd love to share the news ( if there is news here... ) so I will be eternally grateful to anyone's help, if you know something, contact me anytime at-

Or, contact out page on Facebook at-

Sportsman's Warehouse to open store near Spokane Valley Mall

A couple of weeks ago we shared that a Utah based construction company, that does build outs for the Sportsman's Warehouse chain was named on a building permit for a building in Spokane Valley. Albeit a bit un-usual as Sportsman's Warehouse had a store in the same general area that closed a few years ago when the chain exited the Spokane retail market.

But, now we can confirm our suspicions that Sportsman's Warehouse will be returning to Spokane Valley.

This new Spokane Valley Sportsman's Warehouse store will be on the other side of Spokane Valley Mall from where their old store once was. It will be inside the former Sports Authority store building at 15118 E. Indiana Ave. . According to permits the new store will be about 32,000 square feet total and we are waiting to hear on an opening date and how many will employed there. This will be the chain's second store to re-enter the Spokane market after another location opened at 6720 N. Division, which has been open since 2014.

Sportsman's Warehouse is a Midvale, Utah based outdoor sporting goods store. The chain specializes in hunting, fishing , camping and other outdoor recreation merchandise . They operate stores in a total of 18 states and growing once more. They also did recently open another store in our region on N. Stratford Rd. in Moses Lake.

For more information on Sportsman's Warehouse,visit their website at-


Friday, March 10, 2017

Cosmic Cowboy Grill coming to Coeur d' Alene

An exciting new restaurant, with a health conscious twist is in the works along US 95 in Coeur d' Alene. Remodeling work started recently for Cosmic Cowboy Grill which will be in the former spaces of a wig shop & a photo framing business at the Appleway Square shopping center. The new restaurant will completely renovate the space and open with and all new look designed by HDG Architecture of Spokane.

The restaurant's address will be 412 W. Haycraft Ave. and they hope to be open for business sometime around the end of April . The restaurant will be in the " fast casual " style and will feature a menu of salads , soups, bowls, sandwiches , wraps and even a few entrée type items. All items will be prepared fresh and will be healthier then most other restaurants. In fact some of the their menu items will even be gluten free, Paleo, vegetarian , vegan and / or low carb.

Ironically, Cosmic Cowboy's location is just walking distance away from a row of fast food restaurants close to I-90, which means their opening will also give travelers an alternative to quick , greasy burgers & fries.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill also plans to work along side Coeur d' Alene's active fitness / race community with special menus around race times and other support. Their dining room will be open and able to host groups both large & small and orders will be cooked in full view of the customer. Their restaurant will also offer online ordering, ample free parking and a patio for outdoor dining during the warmer months.

For more information on Cosmic Cowboy Grill, visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fitness Northwest to open in former Hancock Fabrics space on Francis

Hancock Fabrics closed it's doors of all locations last year, including the one at 1020 W. Francis in North Spokane. And, with the exception of a stint as a seasonal Halloween retailer that space, which is located close by the corner of Francis & Monroe, has sat completely empty.

But this Spring that will end as a new locally owned and operated fitness center is making plans now to open in the space. Fitness Northwest is that center's name and they are hoping to open sometime in May and membership pre-sales could begin this month. Fitness Northwest joins a long list of recent fitness center openings around Spokane but is one of only a few non-chain businesses.

Fitness Northwest says they are committed to promoting and supporting a healthy community in our area. They plan to offer good quality equipment, knowledgeable trainers and staff and customized programs for every level of fitness from beginner to athlete to senior.

Their new space once opened will feature both equipment and weights. In addition to circuit training , turf and name brand group fitness classes . There will also be on site locker rooms with showers, day care services and even a juice bar. The Fitness Northwest fitness center will occupy an estimated 13,000 square feet of space and will be fully remodeled for clean, more modern look then the empty mid box store space that the space has had in recent months.

For more information on Fitness Northwest, including a look at their completed product renderings visit their website at-

Scout Real Estate to open in formerly vacant Downtown storefront

New life is coming soon to the corner of Stevens & 1st in Downtown Spokane. The building on the southeast side of that corner ( 101 S. Stevens ) will soon be home to a locally owned and operated boutique real estate agency.

Scout Real Estate, which is small brokerage selling primarily residential is currently actively renovating the space which has been vacant for quite sometime. They will occupy 800 square feet on street level of the 3 story building. The upper floors, which are currently in empty shell state are also up for lease via NAI Black.

Currently Scout Real Estate has just a small staff and with the new space they are planning on hiring 5 new brokers. Scout promotes themselves as a locally owned, community minded brokerage that provides quality and tailored services for both buyers and sellers.

They plan to open in the 101 S. Stevens space in the next couple of months. Although they are not in the Downtown space just yet, they are open and have a number of listings already available around Spokane. For more information on the brokerage and their available properties, visit-

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hand therapy clinic / physical therapy open as first tenants in North Spokane office building

Two local health care businesses are the first to open in a newly completed 11,000 square foot medical office at 5905 N. Mayfair in North Spokane. The businesses are Spokane Occupational & Hand Therapy and their sister business Inspire Physical Therapy and they will share space on the ground floor of the new 2 story building. The upper floor is empty and still available for lease.

Together the businesses occupy 6000 square feet of clinic space. The hand therapy office is moving to the new space from an office nearby on E. Central Ave. . This is their 3rd location and all clinics have now been combined with Inspire PT to offer both hand and physical therapy services all under one roof. Each of their 3 locations have about 10 employees provide post-surgical , sports injury rehab and care for most any condition.

With the new location for Inspire Physical Therapy they have hired Grant Lundburg, DPT who will be the primary clinician and clinic director. Both businesses are part of Sipe Therapy Group owned by Sean Sipe , PT, DPT, SCS . Sipe also owns a number of other clinics in Western Washington. This new North Spokane clinic space allows for new modern equipment , plentiful free parking and flexible appointment scheduling.

For more information, visit-



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Vanity to close all stores, including in our area

It's happened again, a mostly mall driven retailer has entered bankruptcy and announced they will close all stores. This time the bankruptcy/ store closings effect the Fargo based Vanity chain of Women's clothing and accessories. They operate 140 stores in 20+ states, all of which will close with going out of business sales coming. All employees of Vanity will be laid off...

The closing will directly effect the Spokane / Coeur d Alene area as Vanity had 3 locations in our area. Those stores we're inside Spokane Valley Mall, Northtown Mall and Silver Lake Mall over in Coeur d' Alene.

Like most of the recent retail store closings the company does say the bankruptcy is largely due to stiff competition from internet retailers.

Restaurant Openings & Closings- Mar. 2nd

Unfortunately we do have a couple of rather sad restaurant closures in the Spokane area. But we do have one opening that was highly anticipated and but more details on a new restaurant coming to Coeur d' Alene. Here's the info-

The Ivory Table's cafe temporarily closing due to construction

The Ivory Table will temporary close down their storefront café at 1822 E. Sprague . This will happen during this Summer's planned major construction to renovate this section of E. Sprague. The business itself will still be operating however with a bigger focus on catering , private parties and special events .

This temporary closure hasn't happened just yet however so as of today The Ivory Table is still open for business. The Ivory Table is a locally owned and operated café with sandwiches , salads and a big variety of crepes .

White Box Café & Bakery closes it's doors

After 15 years in business White Box at 1215 N. Ruby has closed down their shop, near Gonzaga. While they are leaving the cafe business but they are not completely abandoned the business, which is famous for it's White Box Pies.

They say to watch their website at for their future as they point out they may do farmers markets and / or online orders at some point.

Panera Bread opens in North Spokane

After months of permitting and then construction the Panera Bread chain has finally opened for business at their first restaurant to fall within the city limits of Spokane ( their other area locations are in Spokane Valley & Hayden ) . This new Panera Bread is located at 6550 N. Division out front of Lowe's.

The new Panera Bread location has more modern style, 5100 square feet of space and about 65-75 employees.

More details come forward for Cosmic Cowboy Grill coming soon to Coeur d' Alene

Here at INBW HQ I've been aware of the plan for a restaurant called Cosmic Cowboy Grill at 412 W. Haycraft ( corner of Haycraft & US 95 ) in Coeur d' Alene . But until now we had no details...

Turns out this Cosmic Cowboy Grill will take over a completely remodeled strip mall section that was formerly a wig shop and picture framing shop. The business will be a fast casual concept that serves sandwiches, wraps, "creative" salads and desserts. They will offer these items made from locally sourced grilled to order meats and farm fresh vegetables .

The business will be a healthy alterative with vegan , gluten free and low carb menu options also available . More to come...

BECU planning new North Spokane financial center

Just a few months after BECU ( Boeing Employees Credit Union ) officially opened their first Spokane area locations we now know where their 3rd local location will be. Their first locations are at 615 N. Sullivan in Spokane Valley and in the 900 block of N. Division near Downtown Spokane and marked the first time BECU had opened locations outside of the Puget Sound region.

This new BECU location will be in North Spokane in a planned to be built building at the corner of Newport Hwy & Holland Ave. , just north of the new Costa Vida . This new financial center will be about 3000 square feet and will feature all of BECU's services. It will even include a home loan center for expanded mortgage services .

BECU has over 1 million members, $16 billion in assets and growing quickly. Membership is open to anyone who attend school , live , work or worship in the State of Washington. Also, of note the building BECU will be in will also have approx.. 7500 square feet of space for future restaurant/ retail space, no tenants have been announced for that section of the project.

For more information on BECU , visit-

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SmartRecruiters choses Downtown Spokane for new office

SmartRecruiters , a San Francisco based tech company that offers products that employers use to hire employees has chosen Downtown Spokane for a new office. The company which has offices in several international locations will use the Spokane office primary for sales and will employ about 10 people with future expansion possible.

A brief remodel will be done with an office opening to happen sometime in March . It will be located on the second floor of the Legion Building at 108 N. Washington St. .

The company has cloud based solutions that help HR managers find, attract and hire the best people. Among SmartRecruiters customers are Visa, Aloca, Skechers, Bic and more . The company says they chose to expand to Spokane because of it's great talent, universities and affordability . The company points out this new office will open many doors for the community and the company itself . 

For more information on SmartRecruiters and their products visit-

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sonic planning a location in North Spokane

A second location of the Sonic drive in chain is coming soon to Spokane. This time Sonic will be in North Spokane at 10421 N. Newport Hwy. , which appears to be just north of Hawthorne Rd but I'm not confident enough to say exactly which lot the restaurant is planned on.

This new location however will be a different franchisee then the other 2 locations that have been in the Inland Northwest since the mid 2000's . This location is proposed by the Boise based White Leisure Development Co. , currently Sonic has a location on N. Ruby by Gonzaga , on Hwy. 41 in Post Falls and another to our South in Lewiston.

There is no construction start date or opening date listed on the plans but the building permit has been filed the County and a pre-development conference was held awhile ago. It appears this new Sonic will be like most Sonic locations featuring the drive up stalls and drive through lane. Plans call for a 2308 square foot building with 18 parking stalls, a drive through and 5 parking stalls.

Sonic, which operates their restaurants under the motto " America's Drive In " is an Oklahoma based restaurant chain. They are primarily a fast food style restaurant with over 3500 locations open for business, mostly franchised.

For more information on Sonic, visit-

Monday, February 27, 2017

Big 5 Sporting Goods to open store by Spokane Valley Wal-Mart *updated*

A couple of months ago I was alerted to a rumor that a Big 5 Sporting Goods location would be coming to the small shopping center directly in front of the original Spokane Valley Wal Mart store. Not only can I now confirm that, but also " coming soon " signs have already been posted at the site which is at 15735 E. Broadway Ave. #D1 & 2 .

The new Big 5 store will occupy a little over 14,000 square feet of space where both Hancock Fabrics & Downeast Basics clothing store once we're. They are shooting for opening this new store early to mid 2nd quarter this year. Sources say the company will also keep their other Spokane Valley location, on Sprague near Costco, open in addition to this new store.

Keep watching this article for more on this new Big 5 and for now if your looking for more information the company / stores, visit-

* This article has been updated but if you have more information on this project, please email

NW Outdoors to open in former Wintersport building

Sadly a few months ago Wintersport Ski, Bike & Board closed their doors after more then 40 years in business. But, it looks like their building at 3220 N. Division isn't going to sit empty long, and in fact will even be filled with a somewhat similar business.

A new business called NW Outdoors is working on opening for business in that building by April 1. NW Outdoors will be a locally owned and operated consignment shop of quality outdoor gear and apparel. In preparation for their April opening, they will start accepting items on March 4th and have already started hiring. All the information about accepting items and jobs can be found on their website which is listed below.

NW Outdoors will sell merchandise for backpacking / camping , technical outerwear & clothing , bikes & biking supplies , skiing / snowboarding equipment, climbing equipment , motocross supplies , hunting & fishing needs and much more. And, with the store being consignment many items will likely be harder to find and priced better then the big national chain stores. On top of that they say they will only accept high quality items so your still getting the best.

They will be open Mon-Sat 10a - 6pm and Sunday 11a-5p , with a grand opening celebration planned for April 1st.

For more information on NW Outdoors , visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Northern Quest Resort & Casino announces major expansion

HUGE things are coming to the Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights. Today, the Casino announced a major expansion with several family friendly features , a luxury RV park and more retail / restaurants!

Despite the large scale of the expansion plans, Northern Quest even claims this will just be phase one, with even more big things on the horizon. Construction on this first phase of the expansion will start this Spring with a projected opening in early Spring of 2018. Plans we're designed locally by Parametrix and ALSC Architects . Here is a look at what the new expansion area will look like once opened next year-

Plans call for Northern Quest to add-

Cyber Quest - a family friendly arcade featuring about 70 non-violent games and attractions.

Kids Quest- an hourly children's entertainment center which will be open for all kids up to age 12 for kids to hang out and play while their adult family members are in the Casino, at concerts or out to dinner elsewhere on the Northern Quest property.

Northern Quest Food Court expansion- Already home the popular Fatburger & The Deli restaurants the food court area inside the main casino will be expanded for at least 2 more restaurants. They however just say the names of these restaurants will be announced later.

Retail store called Windfall- Windfall will be a 13,000 square foot retail store showcasing outdoor, home goods and fine gifts in a beautiful setting. Members of Northern Quest's Camas Club program will be able to redeem their points towards purchases at Windfall

Luxury RV resort- Northern Quest has partnered with Bud Surles a nationally recognized RV resort developer to open a RV resort on their property. It will be on a 17 acre parcel with 36 oversized standard sites and 29 pull through sites. Those without RV's can still stay in the new RV area as 19 " tiny home " style cottages will also be available for rent.

The new RV resort will be staffed by 24 people and even include an " amenity center " with features like a fitness center, guest laundry, a conference room and lounge area. Sports courts , a dog park and much more will also dot the site.

The new expansion will create hundreds of new jobs and add to the already existing world class casino, 14 restaurants and lounges and a 10 story hotel with 250 luxurious rooms and suites.

We hope to have even more info on this huge new expansion in the near future so stay tuned....

And, for more information on Northern Quest Resort & Casino, visit-

Update: Firehouse Subs IS coming to Spokane

Last week on this site I shared that a building permit had made it obvious Spokane would soon get a location of the growing Firehouse Subs chain. And, now thanks to the franchise owner who saw that post and promptly reached out to me, I can now confirm that indeed, Firehouse Subs is coming to Spokane.

The Jacksonville,FL based sandwich chain is working on a new location in the recently renovated former Apollo Spas building at 7808 N. Division. The new restaurant will occupy just over 2000 square feet in one of the four newly created bays of the building. The opening date isn't officially set but will be before June 1st and it will create jobs for 18-20 people.

At this time the N. Division St. site is the only one officially underway in the Spokane area. But, it likely won't be the only Firehouse Subs location we'll see here as the same franchisee holds the rights for the entire Spokane area up to the Idaho state line. He says there will likely be a second location coming sometime in 2018 and upwards of 4 Spokane area locations might even be possible.

Firehouse Subs has over 1300 locations under it's branding in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The chain is all about firefighters and other first responders . So much so that Firehouse Subs locations are decorated with a firefighter theme that includes fire fighting equipment and history / photos of the local fire departments in the communities they serve.

Firehouse Subs does have a good menu of both hot and cold subs, salads, kids meals and much more. But in addition to their food, Firehouse Subs is also committed to giving back to fire fighters by way of the companies Public Safety Foundation called the Firehouse Subs Foundation. The foundation has given out over $24 million dollars of fire station equipment, training and support. In fact they won't open in Spokane for some time yet and they have already started donating locally with the donation of an AED ( Automatic External Difribulator ) to the Spokane Police Department .

Catering service will be available upon request as will be some healthier options with some sandwiches and salads on the menu coming in under 500 calories. Online ordering will also be available on the site shown below, once the local location opens for business of course.

It should be noted that another sub sandwich restaurant did once operate in Spokane using a similar name. That business was Sparky's Firehouse Subs which had at one time 2 locations but was not a part of this chain, instead was a locally owned & operated business. Today they are still open near SCC but appear to have dropped the Firehouse part of their name and are now just Sparky's Subs.

For more information on Firehouse Subs, visit their web site at-

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New La Quinta Inn planned on the West Plains

Several new hotel and hotel remodeling projects are proposed all around the Inland Northwest, but a section of land off Geiger Blvd. south of Spokane International Airport is now home to two big hotel developments. One being the future Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites in development on the same site as the current Airway Express Inn ( that hotel would be demolished ).

But just southeast of the their in a newer industrial park type area another new hotel will soon rise at 4523 S. Dowdy Rd. just off of Geiger Blvd. . The new hotel will a franchise branded as a La Quinta Inn, a Irving,TX based hotel chain which already a few other locations around the region. The chain which was founded in the late 1960's has well over 800 locations in the United States and a couple of other countries.

There is no estimated opening date for this new La Quinta Inn on the West Plains but construction will likely start next month. The hotel will be a 4 story property with 55,000 square feet and 87 rooms , a few being suites. A yet to be named bar & restaurant will be on the same site as will meeting spaces , a continental breakfast area , indoor pool & spa , airport shuttle and a guest laundry.

This new hotel project is in a good spot, visible from I-90 and a short drive to the Airport. It's also in a good spot to attract business travelers with several employers in close proximity, including a couple rumored new manufacturing facility's nearby like the possible Spike Aerospace facility which Spokane is confirmed to be in the running for.

We'll keep an eye on when this new hotel might open. For more information the La Quinta Inn chain visit their website at-

Monday, February 20, 2017

Urban Nirvana , a unique tea & coffee house opens in Downtown Spokane

Spokane has it's fair share of coffee house's and even a few tea shop's but none quite like Urban Nirvana which opened just recently in Downtown Spokane. Urban Nirvana is a small locally owned and operated business at 108 N. Washington just a couple of blocks south of the INB. And, with just 1180 Sq. feet it's not the biggest such business in the Lilac City but it is amongst the most unique.

Urban Nirvana sells over 40 award winning loose leaf teas, all of which are fair trade, in addition to a good variety of fair trade coffees which can be consumed on site with some seating in the business. Some of the coffees and teas at Urban Nirvana are even world renowned and some so prized in the coffee world that they are only sold at auction ( these are while supplies last ) . They even have a white tea available that is picked by monkeys.

Customers of Urban Nirvana can also enjoy an assortment of baked goods. They also offer a full afternoon tea service as well as pour over service. They are open six days a week, Mon-Fri 7a-5p and Sat. 9a - 2p . Urban Nirvana is the new spot for Spokane's tea & coffee aficionados , but is a place really anyone will enjoy...

Urban Nirvana's website is still in the works but is coming soon at-

They also can be found on social media.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Firehouse Subs looks to be coming to Spokane

While we have yet to confirm it with their corporate offices it looks like the Firehouse Subs chain is about to enter the Spokane market. The Florida based chain of sandwich restaurants was named on a electrical permit for " suite 1 " of the newly renovated building at 7808 N. Division ( Division & Lincoln) this is the former Apollo Spas store that will be a small 4 bay shopping center. Two of the spaces have no tenants names yet , and other then Firehouse Subs a new Sprint store is also named on the permits.

Firehouse Subs is based in Jacksonville,FL that continues to grow with the recent recorded, over 1300 locations in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The chain's motto of sorts is " founded by fireman " making note of the businesses roots of being founded by brother firefighter in the early 1990's . Even today their restaurants are usually firefighter themed with fire fighting equipment and well as photos / history information about local firefighters.

They serve hot subs and cold subs with some healthier options like salads and sandwiches fewer calories . They also have kids meal options and they also offer catering services upon request.

We do have an information request into Firehouse Sub's corporate, most if not all of their locations are franchise locations so we assume the Spokane is also already owned by an operator. There is no known opening date yet or amount of employees, size of store, etc... but we expect all of this soon.

For more information on Firehouse Subs visit their website at-

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Premier Business Centers to open an executive suite style office complex in Downtown Spokane

Premier Business Centers is one of the nation's leading operators of executive suites and office centers. They have over 80 locations around the country and provide full time, virtual and temporary office options. They have been in the Western Washington market for sometime now but not on our side of the Cascades, until now...

Premier is planning on taking over about half of the skywalk level of the Crescent Court Building at 707 W. Main for a new office complex location. The new center will occupy 12,255 square feet of space and provide 62 new offices with window offices, interior offices and mini suites.

Tenants of the new Downtown Spokane Premier Business Center can gain immediate occupancy of their new office space and Premier also offers short term agreements meaning no locking yourself into leasing a office or having to pay for more space then you may need. These business centers are an ideal alternative for growing home based businesses, travelling business owners or even those wanting to cut back.

Offices are available down to 96 square feet and access to high speed internet , personalized phone answering , mail service, voice mail, appointed conference rooms, secretarial services , a reception area and even an on site kitchen. Offices can even be rented furnished or un-furnished.

Full time offices at the new Premier Business Center start at $532 a month and daily and even hourly rental options are available. The location is also ideal with most of Downtown just steps away and a short uber ride away from Spokane International Airport for those coming to Spokane from out of town.

Although as of my writing this the new Premier Business Center as not yet opened for business, they are actively promoting the new center and have website up now at-  < enter zip code 99201 for the local site.

More multi-family projects coming to Downtown Spokane

With exciting entertainment , restaurants , shopping and several large employers Downtown Spokane is the place to be. And, with Millennials shying more and more away from home ownership it only makes cense that apartments would go fast in the city center. I'm told several centrally located apartment communities have wait lists and projects like the proposed re-build of the Ridpath Hotel have people looking for information even before the project is built out.

And, where there is demand, there is always developers and investors looking to build. That's the case in Downtown Spokane right now, the Chronicle Building is under construction to have 32 newly created apartments and Kendall Yards just across the river from Downtown is expanding it's apartment complex as well. But there are even more projects coming, including...

SoDo Commons

A recent article with the Journal of Business says Rencorp Realty,LLC has acquired the historic apartment building at 410 W. 3rd in hopes of renovating it into a new , more modern apartment complex with Micro apartment style living for those wanting to live Downtown but not able to obtain the high end residences.

32 apartments are to be included in the new SoDo Commons building and the apartments will have parking and access the new courtyard space that was put in as part of HDG Design Group's big project right next door at the corner of 3rd and Washington. There is more on that project elsewhere on this site, just use the search bar above ( on the desktop version ).

Apartments at SoDo Commons will likely be available to tenants this fall.

GVD planning apartments next door to the Montvale Hotel

Spokane based GVD Commercial Properties acquired the historic Montvale Hotel last year in addition to a couple of neighboring buildings. They have since invested in the Montvale to make it a more attractive boutique hotel and are working on converting much of the other spaces into an event center able to host multiple different types of events.

But, they are also planning on taking the upper floors of the former Music City Building at 1011 W. First Ave. and turning them into apartments. They plan on creating 14 apartments there, all of which will be " market rate " We don't have an opening date just yet for when tenants might be able to move in to these new apartments.

New loft style apartments above Fire Artisan Pizza / Nudo

The second floor of the building that houses Nudo and Fire Artisan Pizza ( 816 W. Sprague ) will be converted soon into modern looking loft style apartments. They will be available as market rate housing and will be completed sometime this Summer.

There will be 4 lofts in the space which will be designed by HDG who also designed Fire & Nudo.  

Aji BBQ & Sushi opens in N. Division spot

Unfortunately, Yutzen Japanese on N. Division has closed it's doors for good. But the small building at 5204 N. Division will remain a home for delicious Japanese cuisine as Aji BBQ & Sushi has already opened for business in the same location.

Aji BBQ & Sushi has a good sized menu that includes a variety of traditional Japanese noodles , teriyaki and katsu dishes in addition to a variety of sushi ( nigiri , sashimi , rolls ) . They offer a lunch special and will have Sake, wine and a selection of beers on tap!

The new restaurant will be open Mon- Sat. 11a - 9p and their phone number is 509-413-1272 .

They can be found on Facebook at-

Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites duel branded hotel planned for Airway Express site

It is still " in development " but Muskego,Wi based hotel company , Lighthouse Hospitality Group, is planning a new hotel just off of I-90 near Spokane International Airport. The hotel will be our area's first duel branded hotel meaning the hotel will be one building but with 2 names, some rooms under one name and others under the other.

Not only is this new hotel project exciting because of the branding it will also act as a replacement for the Airway Express Inn, an older motel that's less then ideal for most travelers. The plans call for the Airway Express Inn to be demolished to make way for the hotel which will rise immediately to the south of a Best Western along Geiger Blvd off of I-90.

The new hotel will be branded with Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites, both of which are part of the national Choice Hotels company. The plans filed with the City of Spokane indicate a 81 room hotel but a rep with Lighthouse Hospitality tells me it will be 41 suites with Mainstay and 47 rooms with Sleep Inn, that maybe was in error since that equals 88. The planned Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites will likely include-

Continental Breakfast area
A small bar
Truck / RV parking
Exercise room
Guest Laundry
Pool & Spa
Sundries Market
Airport shuttle service

There isn't a set opening date yet but they are working on the plans now. Another Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites hotel by the same owners is also listed as "in development" to our south in Pullman. The owners, Lighthouse Hospitality Group boast over 32 years of hotel experience , several awards and six hotels currently open under their ownership.

Choice Hotels, the owner of the Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites branding is a Rockford,Maryland based company with many locations open all over our area. The company is actually rather large with multiple brands and over 6300 locations in several different countries.

We'll likely have more on this as construction starts, which we anticipate to be not far away...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Facebook new business openings & closings - 02/08

I've done posts like this before mentioning in a brief form some of the new businesses coming and going from the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But this one is a bit different, it's a Facebook new business openings & closings post , so what does that mean?

These are all the businesses I've shared to the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page recently that never made it to the main site  . This is to show just how much more you'll learn about new local business happenings by heading over to our Facebook page and clicking like, you can find out Facebook page at-

- Mill River Rustic Furniture is going out of business. They are located in the 500 block of E. Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

- Knowhere Comics, Coffee & Games will open April 1st in the Tedder Business Center ( former North Idaho Outlet Mall ) in Post Falls. And, it seems to not be an April Fools Day joke...

-My Big Fat Greek Deli will also open soon at the Tedder Business Center in Post Falls.

*With all the new business planned out there I'm planning a new update post about all of it, maybe even a video since I haven't done one in a long time...

- The Viking on N. Stevens in Spokane is re-opening and has started hiring for all positions.

- The Verge Coffee Co. has opened for business in the space that was The Service Station at 9315 N. Nevada in North Spokane.

- Rise & Grind Espresso has opened at 6107 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley

- Trek Bicycle Store has opened at 1104 N. 4th in Midtown Coeur d' Alene. This is the new version of Bicycle Sales & Service further north on Fourth.

- Mojo Cyclery has opened at 1405 N. Argonne in Spokane Valley.

- Mattress Depot USA & Big Dan's Nutrition are new tenants in the Sullivan Square shopping center at the corner of Sprague & Sullivan in Spokane Valley.

- Modern Tipi , a Native American art and gift retailer has opened in the Saranac Commons building on W. Main in Downtown Spokane.

- Roger's Burgers & Ice Cream has opened for business at the corner of Spokane St. & Fourth in Post Falls. And, on a side note I highly recommend them!

- Little Mo's Optical Boutique on Lincoln Way in Coeur d' Alene is going out of business.

- Silver Lake Automotive has opened on Mullan nearby Wal-Mart in Post Falls. They also remain open in Coeur d' Alene on Hanley.

- Yutzen Japanese Resturant on N. Division just north of Northtown Mall has closed. The building won't be empty long as someplace called AJI BBQ & Sushi is already planned to open there.

- Liberty Lake Juice Company will be a new smoothie / juice business on Liberty Lake Rd. in... you guessed it, Liberty Lake. * They'll be in the Albertson's shopping center.

- The Wake Up Call is really coming along on their new coffee shop / drive up at N. Division & Nora in Spokane.

- The Free People clothing chain is now open for business across from River Park Square in Downtown Spokane.

- Twenty Seventh Heaven is a new bakery that is now open for business at 1220 S. Grand Ave , Suite A in Spokane. We hope to go there sometime soon for a more proper post then this...

- Lancaster Market is a new gas station / c-store with an attached location of the San Francisco Sourdough sandwich chain will open later this month at US 95 & Lancaster Rd. in Hayden,ID.

- Beautiful Grounds a skin care / coffee shop in Downtown Spokane's Liberty Building is being remodeled into just The Fix Brow Bar & Skin Care Studio .

- The Local Deli has opened a second location on Commercial Park Dr. in Rathdrum and it is now open for business.

- Adorkable Flowers & Gifts is now open for business on Country Vista Blvd. in Liberty Lake.

- A new restaurant called Craft & Gather is in the works for a former golf course clubhouse in Spokane Valley.

- Chinese Holiday Massage is now open for business at 3812 N. Monroe in the Spokane's Garland District.

- Wolffy's Burgers after some delay has opened their new second location just off of US 2 in Airway Heights. Currently open with a bit more limited hours though the original location on N. Hamilton in Spokane.

- Texas True BBQ has opened for business in the old Brooklyn Deli location on Monroe St in Downtown Spokane. They are known for good BBQ and being open very late, also of note Brooklyn Deli is still open for business just in the Montvale Hotel building less then a block north...

And, this is all that we've shared on our Facebook page since Jan. 20th!!! There is no better place to find all of the new businesses in Spokane then Inland Northwest Business Watch!

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