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Thursday, March 28, 2019

U Haul begins to convert the former E Sprague K Mart store

U Haul is wasting no time in opening their new location within what was the last K Mart store in Spokane. In fact the new facility , now called U Haul Moving & Storage of East Town , is already open for business in a temporary showroom space where the K Mart garden center once was. Many U Haul trucks have already been parked in the former parking lot out front, all ready to be rented.

Like most U Haul branded locations guests can rent their trucks and trailers for moving but also find towing equipment, U Box portable storage containers and even moving supplies. Work will also begin to convert the remainder of the 115,992 square foot building into self storage units.

In all U Haul Moving & Storage of East Town will feature 700 indoor self storage units. Giving customers access to climate controlled rooms with what they say will be high tech security features and affordable price points. Propane and professional hitch installation will also be offered at the site in the near future.

Once complete they estimate this new location will employ approximately 15. Hours of operation are 8-5 M-S. and 9-5 on Sunday. More info can be found on

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Whim Wine Bar opening soon at River Park Square

I'm going to go out on a whim and say people are going to be excited that a new wine bar will be opening soon in River Park Square.

This new wine bar will be a locally owned and operated establishment called, Whim Wine Bar. The business is to open sometime in June and will be located on the ground floor of River Park Square, where the Red Fox Sports store had been.

Whim Wine Bar will feature 30 by the glass wines, a few microbrews and some retail by the bottle wines. Additionally they will have a food menu of thin crust pizza, charcuterie boards and more.

We'll hopfully have more on Whim Wine Bar as they get closer to opening. And, to keep track of their progress they have a Facebook page at-

New Maverik rising at Ruby & Montgomery

Construction of the actual building has already begun for a new Maverik gas station and convenience store, opening soon north of Downtown Spokane. This is the latest in a series of new locations in our area, with even more planned.

This Maverik will be just Southwest of the intersection of Ruby and Montgomery, with the building actually facing Ermina Ave. . The business will take up most of the block, leaving just the Budget Lot used car dealership remaining of the original structures that once occupied the land. Plans call for this location to have fuel pumps and a 4300 square foot convenience store with beer, wine and the "bonfire" brand of hot foods that are sold in most Maverik's.

This will be the 8th location for the Maverik gas station chain in the Spokane area, and the 10th in the Inland Northwest. An impressive feat for a company who just began opening locations in our area in 2013. But they aren't done growing here just yet, more locations are also planned at:

W. Pointe Pkwy at I-90 in Post Falls ( also already under construction )
Mullan Ave. at Hwy 41 in Post Falls
Barker at Montgomery, just south of I-90 in Spokane Valley
Government Way at Dalton in Coeur d' Alene

And, possibly more?

For more info on Maverik, visit their website at

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spokane Eye Clinic opening new clinic on Nevada

Spokane Eye Clinic has announced that they will be opening a new location to serve North Spokane. This will be the fourth clinic location for Spokane Eye Clinic and will be located at 9651 N. Nevada, nearby the Northpointe shopping area.

The focus of the new clinic will be on routine eye services, pediatric ophthalmology, contact lens fittings and the co-management of many eye conditions and diseases. In addition to exam space, the new clinic will feature an optical shop carrying many nationally recognized eyeglass frames. In addition to contact lenses, supplies and high quality products to treat dry eyes.

Spokane Eye Clinic has been serving the community over 64 years and has since grown to multiple locations and 29 doctors. Yet, they are proud to remain an independent, physician-owned organization. For more info on Spokane Eye Clinic, take a look at

Friday, March 22, 2019

Grocery Outlet planning a new store in Cheney

Grocery Outlet is eyeing the City of Cheney for a possible new location. Currently in the SEPA application phase of development the new store would be built in the already commercial area on Cheney's north side.

Plans call for a 16456 square foot building to be built new for the store along with 63 space parking lot. It would be located at 2603 1st St , north of a small mobile home park and across from the intersection of 1st and Simpson Pkwy.

No construction start date or store opening date is listed as of the present time. We'll be watching for more info, and for more info on Grocery Outlet visit their website at This would be 5th Grocery Outlet store in Spokane County, one location in Spokane did close down last year but no mention if this one would be affiliated with that store.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Walgreens eyes Downtown Spokane site for new " community pharmacy " concept

Walgreens, the huge national pharmacy chain is coming to Downtown Spokane. But, this won't be a traditional Walgreens as most people know them, that's because this store will be part of their newer community pharmacy concept of stores. This means this new store won't have any retail sales, just the pharmacy.

Per an article from a recently opened location in Grand Rapids, Mi. these stores are specialty pharmacy's geared towards patient care for those battling complex conditions like cancer, CF and others. The stores are small with room for just the pharmacy and some support / employee office space.

The planned Spokane Walgreens Community Pharmacy location will be approximately 1300 square feet on the South side of Downtown Spokane. The store will be in the recently remodeled building at 327 W. 3rd, at the corner of 3rd & Washington. Currently the store is in the planning phase but notes on the plan indicate the may begin construction as early as the middle of April.

For more info on Walgreens, visit

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Opening date for new Spokane Valley Duluth Trading Company store.

Note this is a stock photo, actual store photos will also be coming.

The wait is almost over. Duluth Trading Company, maker of sturdy workwear and other apparel, will open their first retail store in our area in just a few more weeks. The store is to open on April 11th.

The Spokane Valley Duluth Trading store will be their first in Washington state and is located at 16314 E Indiana, a bit East of Spokane Valley Mall. The store is a 15,656 square foot stand alone building.

For more info on the company, visit- and watch for more posts yet to come on this site.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New business openings - March 11th 2019

Here's a rundown of some of the new businesses opening in the Spokane area that we either don't have all the info on or just haven't managed to work in yet. If we already posted about or will very soon it probably won't be found here, but please try searching the site.

If you know of a new business you think we might be missing or if you are with a new business and would like us to stop by and/or do a post about contact us at .

Sharkey's Cuts for Kids is opening soon at 6501 N. Cedar Rd in Cedar Crossing development.

Spokane Powersports is planning to relocate from there current location to the large glass building at Francis & Crestline. This will be a larger facility at over 35000 square feet.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine who was Downtown for many years has reopened at their new home at 5306 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights. It is the same menu as before.

For the Love of God Brewing will be opening in the coming months at 2716 W. Northwest Blvd.

Shape Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa has opened for business in their new location at 5915 S. Regal Suite 110

The Creative Office a Western Washington based supplier of office furniture and supplies has opened a location at 10102 E. Knox in Spokane Valley.

Two Men and a Truck , a popular franchise based moving company has expanded to Spokane. Their new offices now open at 111 N. Vista Rd in Spokane Valley

Glorious Artisan Bakery is a new bakery coming soon to the same building as Latter Coffee at 1516 W. Riverside. On the second floor of the same building a new shop selling local arts, crafts & gifts called The Lookout also just opened.

Mathnasium will be opening a second location soon here in Spokane. They will be next to Safeway in the Northpointe Plaza ( 9996 N. Newport Hwy )

A liquor license was recently applied for to open something called Vaqueros in the old Hooters building in Spokane Valley. Looks like it might be a Mexican restaurant?

Speaking of liquor license applications, others have been filed to open a Whim Wine Bar on the first floor of River Park Square and River Rock Tap House coming to ground floor of The Chronicle building Downtown

Our Place Vendor Mall will open in April at 18309 E. Appleway in Spokane Valley.

Zen Nail Spa will be opening soon at 9319 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane.

Two Winey Bitches a winery from Ford,Wa will be opening a new tasting room in Downtown Spokane. They will be located at 1029 W. 1st Ave.

Immersive VRcade will be opening in the former Starbucks at 1217 N. Hamilton.

Genus Brewing & Supply will is moving, they will open in the coming months at 17018 E. Sprague Ave Suite 1 in Spokane Valley.

Over in North Idaho-

The Wellness Bar will be opening a new location soon at 214 W. Sunset in Coeur d' Alene

Aligned Chiropractic will be opening in the Highland Crossing shopping center at the corner of Mullan & Hwy 41 in Post Falls.

Release Float Spa is planning to open in Post Falls at 920 N. Hwy 41, in the River City Plaza.  

Tiffany Blue Boutique is working on opening a 3rd location, this time in Hayden. They will be at 8134 N. Government Way in the Hayden Creek shopping center.

City Thrift is opening in the former 50% Off Card store space on Best Ave. in Coeur d' Alene.

Former Academy senior living facility to re-open as a student geared apartment complex

Changes are coming to what was once a senior citizen housing facility nearby Gonzaga University. The building, which is located at 1216 N Superior was sold last year to Utah based Stellar Living who manage a few other apartment buildings in our area. They are now coming forward with their big plans for the 120+ year old building.

Stellar Living will soon go forward with a plan to renovate the entire historic building into market rate apartments, geared towards students. The plan calls to re-open the building, which is currently empty, with 95 apartments and a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units. The building will retain The Academy name and is to open for tenant move in's starting in August.

Units at The Academy run from $700 - $1410 per month, and they are already taking applications on their website, which can be found below. After renovations are complete tenants will be able to take advantage of many amenities, including... a coffee bar, fitness center, a study lounge, bbq space and a lot more. They also plan to have the facility be pet friendly a pet fee and a small extra rent charge.

For more information on The Academy student apartments, visit-

*this site is not affiliated with this project. Please contact them directly with questions and concerns.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Mango Tree Indian Kitchen + Tap House to replace Hill's in Downtown Spokane

Hills Restaurant & Lounge was a favorite of many, but as many now know the Downtown eatery closed their doors for the last time on Feb. 28th, the owners cite many reasons for this closure. But, while Hill's is no more their building won't be empty for very long.

The building, which can be found at 401 W. Main, across from Auntie's Bookstore has already been leased and will continue to be a resturant. It will become a new location of The Mango Tree Indian Kitchen + Tap House with renovations to begin later this month.

The Mango Tree opened just last year over in Coeur d' Alene and is actually affiliated with small Canadian chain. The menu however is somewhat different then that of their Canadian locations. The menu of The Mango Tree is focused on curry dishes and grilled items although the restaurant has most all common Indian dishes from Tandoor Chicken to Butter Chicken, Kebab's and everything in-between. As is implied by the name dinners also can order from a selection of beers and wines and appitzers and desserts are available.

The new Mango Tree location in Downtown Spokane is planned to open sometime in May.

More info can be found by finding them on Facebook or at

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Demolition of former YWCA underway to make way for The Falls high rise

Demolition is now underway to remove the former YWCA at Post & Broadway by Downtown. The building has actually been largely abandoned in recent years since the YWCA moved into YMCA building on N. Monroe.

The demolition is to make way for a new high rise. The planned high rise has been in the works for a couple of years and is to be called The Falls. The Falls will include- 126 apartments, 26 condo units, 124 unit hotel, 20000-30000 square feet of office space and 20000 to 27000 square feet of retail/ restaurant space. All will be built on top of an underground parking structure. Keep watching for posts about The Falls in the coming months...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

AutoZone planning to build a store in Athol

Construction bidding has already begun for a new AutoZone store coming soon to the small town of Athol. Plans call for the chain to build a stand alone building at the corner of Sylvan Ln. and Hwy 54,  nearby the recently opened Super 1 Foods grocery store.

This new store will be like other Auto Zone locations in look and merchandise. The store will be an approximately 7300 square feet with a 32 space parking area. Opening date is not available just yet but with it going to bid it will likely be within the next few months.

For more info on Auto Zone, check