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Friday, May 25, 2018

Altitude Trampoline Park is now open in Spokane Valley

Staying in town this holiday weekend? Looking for something new to do? Well then you may want to check out the newly opened Spokane Valley location of Altitude Trampoline Park.

Altitude opened for the first time just this afternoon in the former Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne Rd. . The business spans about 32,000 square feet with trampolines throughout the building and 16 different attractions. Guests can check out a foam pit, rock wall, laser maze, basketball, dodgeball and much more. In all the new location employs more then 60 and is open 7 days a week.

The park is also available for birthday parties and an a wide array of other events, just contact them directly for more information. The Spokane Valley location will be second location in Washington state for the Texas based chain. The company has experienced exponential growth recently with dozens of locations currently either under construction or coming soon, Altitude is even planning to have locations in Mexico and Tokyo, Japan very soon.

For more information about the new Spokane Valley Altitude Trampoline Park, check their web site at-
http://altitudespokane.com

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cracker Barrel planning location in North Spokane

Although it isn't publicly announced yet, it looks like we can now say that the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants and country stores is coming to Spokane!

Documents have been filed with the city, showing plans to build a new Cracker Barrel in North Spokane. The plans show the restaurant would build on the Northeast side of the N. Newport Hwy / E. Hoerner Ave. intersection, nearby The Y and the Northpointe Plaza shopping center. Those plans call for a new 9,170 square foot building to be constructed on the site. Along with a 1,316 square foot covered front porch, an addition that is a bit of an iconic feature for the chains restaurants.

The restaurant would include a new surface parking area with almost 130 parking spaces. In all  Cracker Barrel would occupy just shy of 2 acres with the site being devided, creating a new lot at the back along N. Colton St. . Inside the new Cracker Barrel will include seating for about 180 as well as a country store area. This space would sell small gifts, unique foods, country themed merchandise and more. All in all the new North Spokane Cracker Barrel will likely end up almost identical to the Coeur d' Alene location which just opened for business last year and has been packed most times since.

Currently this new restaurant is in the planning / permitting phase so there will still be more details coming so keep an eye on this site for more as we will post more information as we get it. Cracker Barrel, for those who don't know is a chain of country / Southern themed resturants with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their restaurants are family friendly and don't serve liquor. Very common along highways in other parts of the country, Cracker Barrel is a Tennessee based company that has been growing a lot lately. As of the latest information Cracker Barrel has 640+ locations and over 73,000 employees nationwide.

For more information on Cracker Barrel, visit their website at-
http://www.crackerbarrel.com


Riverside Station, a large new high rise planned in Downtown Spokane

Yes, your read the title of this correctly, if built this planned new development might just be the first large high rise to be built in Downtown Spokane since the Davenport Grand Hotel. And, if built as planned the Riverside Station would likely be the tallest building in Spokane!

Currently the tallest building in Spokane is the Bank of America Financial Center at 288 feet, but this building would have 354 feet and 31 floors.

So, where will Riverside Station be built?
It's purposed for the vacant lot on the northwest side of the N. Division / MLK Way intersection in the University District section of Downtown. The address is listed as 100 N. Division

When will Riverside Station be built? as per the plans recently filed with the City of Spokane construction will begin this fall. However it is important to note this project is still in the planning phase and developments this large rarely run on schedule.

Here is a breakdown of what is purposed in this new high rise-

Ground floor- Some parking, retail / restaurant lease space and some building support services

Floors 2-7- Parking garage ( 400 spaces )

Floor 8- Mechanical support area

Floors 9-18 Apartments ( number of apartments doesn't look to be set just yet )

Floors 19-22 Office space

Floors 23-30 Condo apartments

Floor 31 Condo apartments and mechanical


We've only recently received these details so we don't have a building rendering or anything along those lines yet. The project's developer is listed under the name Alvco,LLC which appears to be connected to local real estate investor Vincent & Janet Dressel. We'll be watching / checking for more in the coming weeks...

This is actually 1 of 3 purposed high rises in Downtown Spokane at this point in time. But, to date no construction has happened on any of the sites. The Falls Tower is planned near the Spokane Arena, and the 1400 Tower is planned to the west of Downtown along the Spokane River. There has also been on going rumblings of another high rise planned just a couple of blocks north of the Riverside Station proposal on the site of the abandoned auto shop at Division and Spokane Falls Blvd.

What do you think?
Would this project benefit Downtown? What else do you want to see come to Downtown Spokane?


Also, on a side note here is an interesting read on how everyone should be able to live downtown, something I support immensely. It's off of the Spokane Rising blog, which in itself is a site worth checking out-
http://spokanerising.com/2018/05/01/everyone-should-be-able-to-live-downtown *However note we don't know yet how much apartments in the Riverside Station building might actually go for.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The opening date for Spokane’s new Nike store is here!

We’ve watched construction crews build out Spokane’s first Nike Outlet store for the last few months. But, finally this afternoon we’ve been able to confirm that the store will open on June 14th at 10am!



Spokane’s new Nike store is the first commercial tenant of the former Macy’s building, now called The M. Other stores and restaurants are still coming but not announced yet. The new store is a 12000 +/- square feet space carrying the full line of Nike products. Currently the next closest Nike store is in Auburn,WA.



For more info on Nike, check http://nike.com

Friday, May 11, 2018

It's opening day for Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's new location in Downtown Spokane!

After a few months of remodeling the popular Sweet Peaks Ice Cream chain opens for business later this morning in Downtown Spokane. Their new location is next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar at 415 W. Main and is the seventh location overall for the Whitefish, MT based company.

( Photo credit- Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's Facebook page )

The Spokane store will officially open at 11:30am today ( May 11th ) . Customers will find nine signature ice cream flavors, joined by several more rotating seasonal flavors. The Spokane location will be similar to their other Inland Northwest location which open a couple of years ago in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more information on Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, follow them on Facebook and Instagram and check out their website at- http://sweetpeaksicecream.com

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Poke Express opening day is this Friday!

Beginning tomorrow Spokane now has a fast casual Poke' restaurant! It's been the talk of our Facebook page recently so I figured I'd take a moment on here to announce that Poke' Express is to open for business tomorrow ( May 11th ) at 10:30am . The new restaurant features freshly made poke' bowls and rolled ice cream from a storefront nearby Sacred Heart at 905 S. Grand.

( Photo credit- Poke Express' Facebook page )

The restaurant is has similar concept to a Subway, which kind of make cense since it's location was last used by that chain. Which since Poke Express is a locally owned and operated business makes the news of the location all the more wonderful. Diners have the option to " build your own " bowl with a base, a protein , many side options, some sauce and toppings. Or, the menu will also have a few delicious sounding bowl options that have recommended combinations then built fresh for you.

And, yes Poke Express will also serve the same rolled ice cream that they make at their sister restaurant, Yummy Ice Cream Rolls, which can be found on N. Division, by Gonzaga in the University District.

For more information on Poke Express, check out http://pokeexpressspokane.com . Or, find them on Facebook at- http://www.facebook.com/poke-express-497960523951743

New strip mall planned near Wandermere

A small new strip mall is in the works for the vacant lot at 11921 N. Division, just to the south of the Wandermere area. Planned is a 6900 square foot building with up to four storefronts, one being specifically geared towards a new restaurant as it would include a patio and drive through lane.

Construction will likely begin sometime this year as the building is to be complete by March of 2019. Of the 4 storefronts one is leased, a space with a little more the 2100 square feet on the end but no news as of yet about what business will lease that space. The remaining spaces are up for lease and are being marketed by NAI Black. Currently space is leasing for $24 per square foot in line or $30 per square foot for the end cap restaurant space.

Below is an example rendering of the purposed new building-


For more information about leasing space at this new strip mall contact Terry McAleer at NAI Black or visit http://naiblack.com

Monday, May 7, 2018

Poole’s Public House to build new restaurant in Wandermere

Poole’s Public House , a pub style bar and restaurant in North Spokane is making big plans. They are currently in a leased strip mall space at 101 E. Hastings Rd. but will soon replace that space with a new building all their own.

They aren’t going far though as it will be just a bit to the west at 12310 N Ruby at Hastings and Ruby. The new restaurant will be a stand alone building with about 5000 square feet. It was designed by Mercier Architecture & Planning and Baker Construction will be the general contractor. Below is a look at the purposed renderings for this new Poole’s Public House.

Poole’s also has a location on the South Hill at 5620 S Regal suite 1. For more information and look at their menu check-
http://poolespublichouse.com



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anytime Fitness to join Fairways Plaza near Cheney

The rumors are true, a fitness center is coming soon to the Fairways Plaza shopping center at 10511 W. Aero Drive. This is the shopping center that has been largely vacant since it's construction at the SR 902 exit off of I-90, except for a McDonald's & a physical therapy office.

The fitness center will be a location of the huge Anytime Fitness chain and take up about 2 suites there or almost 6000 square feet. The goal is to have the new Anytime Fitness open sometime in the early summer. They plan to begin accepting members as soon as the end of this month.

As is with all Anytime Fitness, members can work out at Anytime with 24 hour access via a key fob. Members will also get access to use Anytime Fitness' 4000+ other gym locations. This new location will also have a fitness studio with over 200 automated classes, a free weight area, many machines, men's & women's showers and occasional group events and outings. Personal training services will also be available.

While this location will be a locally owned and operated franchise, Anytime Fitness actually a huge recognizable chain with locations throughout United States and several other countries around the world. The Minnesota based company has been in operation for about 16 years and can today boast more then 2 million clients. This will be the fourth Anytime Fitness location in the Spokane area with a couple more in the Kootenai County area.

For more information on Anytime Fitness, check their website at-

http://www.anytimefitness.com

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