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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?
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