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Friday, June 28, 2019

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub to open where Milford’s once was

An Irish Pub will soon bring life back to 719 N Monroe, better known as the former home of Milford’s Fish House. Milford’s closed a few months ago and the historic building has sat empty ever since.

But, a new owner has acquired the space and will open a location of Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub. This will be their fourth location as they also have restaurants open in Everett and two in Seattle. The new location will use the same menu as the other locations, with both Irish and American fare. There also will of course be liquor with an extensive whisky list, Irish beers, local microbrews and more.

The new Spokane O’Donnells doesn’t have a set opening date yet but should opening in “a couple months”.

For more info on Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub, including a look at their incredible sounding menu, visit their website at-

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

River Rock Taphouse opening in Downtown Spokane

Watch for a new addition to Downtown Spokane's craft beer and dining scene coming soon in a historic building. Construction is happening now to open the new River Rock Taphouse on the ground floor of Chronicle Building at 926 W. Sprague. The new taphouse takes the place that once was once the Spokane Chronicle newspaper printing room and remains outfitted in the original tile pillars and molding, with the addition of outdoor d├ęcor.

River Rock Taphouse will offer 32 craft beers on tap and 8 wines, ciders and Kombucha's . Local craft beer offerings will be a highlight of the River Rock, but they plan a delicious food menu as well that will be available during all business hours. The Kitchen will serve an array of appetizers, main dishes, salads and sharables. More on that soon.

The new business will also have beverages to go with 32oz howlers and 64oz growlers available. They plan to host some events , live acoustic performers, tap takeovers and the like. They'll also offer a special event room that's bookable for gatherings like birthdays, holiday events, book clubs, sports events, etc...

River Rock Taphouse's owners Mike and Denise Magee say they are very excited to open, and are humbled, grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to be part of Spokane's craft beverage family. No exact opening date is set yet but they hope to open soon and will be open Sun-Thurs. 11am- 10pm and Fri-Sat 11am- 11pm.

For more info on River Rock Taphouse, find them on Facebook at-

Selkirk Pharma planning new manufacturing plant near Spokane International Airport

More growth is coming to the West Plains, with the news of another new manufacturing plant coming soon to land nearby Spokane International Airport. The new facility will be for Selkirk Pharma which is a newer company that is based out of offices in Downtown Spokane.

Selkirk Pharma's plant will be a 65,000 square foot building at 9110 W. Granite Ave. , just off of Flint Rd. in the Pacific Northwest Technology Park. They estimate the new building will have an approximate $30 million dollar price tag, no exact construction time line has been announced but it has been indicated that " initial client fills " would likely happen in late 2020.

The new facility will also create jobs but there isn't news on exactly how many just yet. For more info on Selkirk Pharma, visit their website at-

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Second Harvest planning new building to combat child hunger

Second Harvest is our area's largest food bank, benefiting all ages and walks of life. One of their main missions is childhood hunger. And, as it is explained on their website " Getting healthy food to children who need it most is a fundamental goal of Second Harvest".

Part of reaching this goal is their recently announced plans to expand their footprint to a new building. Second Harvest has acquired the 21,000 square foot facility at 402 N. Perry, which it will remodel and re-open as the Wolff Family Child Hunger Solution Center. The new building is just a short distance away from Second Harvest's existing 83,000 square foot distribution center on Front.

The new second building will add 13,000 square feet of additional warehouse space as well as a permanent home for a Bite2Go Volunteer Center. As well as flexible training space for nutrition education classes and space for some of their community partners.

Renovation work will begin soon with an official ground breaking next month. They also still have a bit to go toward their needed funding goal for the project. More info on this project and all that Second Harvest does in the Inland Northwest community, visit their website at-

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dollar Tree to open a new store in North Spokane

A new Dollar Tree store is planned in North Spokane. This new location will take over the former Tuesday Morning store space at 9316 N. Newport Hwy., Tuesday Morning has since relocated and re-opened their store to the Evergreen Crossing Shopping Center in Spokane Valley.

An opening date has yet to be mentioned for the new Dollar Tree location, but the project is now out to bid, meaning construction will probably start fairly soon. In all the store will be 10743 square feet, with just shy of 9000 of that being sale floor area. Based on the plan for the new store, it will be like most other Spokane area Dollar Tree locations with selection of small departments and even a small grocery / frozen area.

Another Dollar Tree store is located just 1.3 miles to the South of this purposed store, it's unclear if that store will be moving to this location or remaining open for business as is. In all, there are already 8 Dollar Tree stores in the Spokane / Spokane Valley area.

For more info on Dollar Tree, visit-

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor to open on N. Division

A new pizza place is coming to North Spokane! Watch for the opening of Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor soon at 7115 N. Division.

Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor will be located in the same strip mall as The UPS Store and others and is expected to open sometime in July. The locally owned and operated pizza shop will have a delicious menu consisting of several different pizzas and salads. Additionally they also plan to serve a selection of hot dogs and nachos and pizza by the slice will likely be available during lunch time.

There will be a few beers served both on tap and bottled served in the restaurants dine in area to go along with the standard fountain sodas / other drinks. Keep watching as we'll hopefully have more on Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor once they open, for now you can find them on Facebook at-

Monday, June 10, 2019

Is there hope for a Chick-fil-a in Spokane?

Important- This not a definitive confirmation that Chick-fil-a is coming but it is a good sign!

Chick-fil-a has recently filled for a SEPA application with the state for a parcel of land near the Y in North Spokane. Perhaps the rumors of Chick-fil-a coming to the Gonzaga campus inspired something?

The application, which would be an early phase of development, shows a 4833 square foot store at the corner of N Newport Hwy & Hoerner, or 9304 N Newport Hwy. . In the plans the Chick-fil-a name is mentioned several times. Commenting on application is now open and closes on 6/21/19. In the notes it indicates construction could start as early as later this summer.

Will Chick-fil-a be coming to Spokane soon? It looks very good but we’ll be giving it a little more time to say for sure! If you’d like to view the SEPA documents on the project for yourself check-

Stay tuned...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Wake Up Call opens Monday in Liberty Lake, remainder of new building opening soon

Wake Up Call Coffee has arrived in Liberty Lake! The new Liberty Lake Wake Up Call Coffee location opens Monday, June 10th at 4am and is the first tenant to open in what will be a new medical office building at 22011 E. Country Vista Blvd.

The coffee shop takes up a 1200 square foot space with an inside seating area and a drive thru. It is notably one of the largest Wake Up Call Coffee locations and is the ninth in the locally based chain. A tenth location has already been announced to be coming soon to Coeur d' Alene and will open later this year.

The other section of the building at 22011 E. Country Vista is coming along quickly. The building will have a total of 6900 square feet and will be home to 2 more tenants, both of which are in the medical field. They will be Liberty Lake Eye Care Center and Casey Family Dental.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Take our survey and help shape the future of Inland Northwest Business Watch

Inland Northwest Business Watch is my passion. I know it's just a blog covering business & development news in a mid sized city, but I obsess over it, probably more then I should.

I want to help new businesses get the word out so that they can succeed. It's been a sort of a hobby of mine for most of my life, growing up in small town in Ohio I was the weird kid who would get excited over a new small store or even the hint of where the next big box store was going to open. I remember when I was a teenager and a factory was built near my house, I would take my dog over and just watch the construction workers work ( from a distance, not creepily of course ) . So it only makes sense that one day I would create this.

I am now going on 8 years of running this blog and it's time to start taking the next step so to speak. Similar sites like in Boise are full time operations, Instagrammer and blogger Spokane Eats' owner has become successful enough to have interns working under her. Needless to say we're still the little guys on the block.

I'm not making any announcements, but do want to see where to go from here. I have lots and lots of ideas and have created a survey to see what people are thinking. Because at the end of the day I want this site to be what the readers want.

Please take this quick 10 question survey, and at the end of it, leave your name and email address because on 6/14/19 I'll draw a random name to win a $10 gift card to Indaba Coffee Roasters!

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Matt Behringer
Blogger/ owner of Inland Northwest Business Watch

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Luxurous new Northern Quest RV Resort opens by Northern Quest Casino & Resort

After months of construction, the latest piece of the expansion at Northern Quest Casino & Resort is now open for business. The piece being a large new luxury RV Resort called Northern Quest RV Resort opened just last weekend and a full grand opening is planned for later this Summer.

The RV park was a $14 million dollar project spread out over 17 acres the resort even dons the title of a Bud Surles Signature Resort, as it was designed by Mr. Surles a legendary designer who unfortunately passed away in late 2017.

Not all spaces will be open till later this Summer but once complete the new Northern Quest RV Resort will offer 67 oversized, standard and deluxe pull through RV sites. Those without RV's can still check out the resort via one of their 18 tiny home style cottages. Other features of the new park include a clubhouse, outdoor pool with cabanas , laundry room, catering kitchen, golf cart rentals, fitness center, fire pits, showers and even a dog park. Spaces include full hook ups and complimentary wifi.

And, all of the Northern Quest RV Resort is just steps away from Northern Quest Casino & Resort, with several bars and restaurants, Vegas style gaming, live concerts and the new Movie and Dinner dine in movie theaters.

For more info on the new Northern Quest RV Resort, visit their website at-

Large expansion called Euclid Logistics Center planned by Spokane Business & Industrial Park

The Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley is already one of the largest business and industrial parks in the nation. Today "The Park" as it is nicknamed has over 120 resident companies, 5 million plus square feet and employs in excess of 4500 people. With an very low occupancy rate, it only makes sense that The Park's owner and management company Crown West Realty,LLC has announced a new expansion that that will transform the southeast corner of the development.

The plans call for the construction of approximately 500,000 square feet of new space in multiple buildings near the corner of 5th St. and Euclid. The new are will be a state of the art distribution and logistics center called The Euclid Logistics Center.

Divcon Construction has already been selected as the contractor for the project. Work will start sometime this year on the first phase, which will consist of a 120,000 square foot concrete tilt building featuring 36 foot clear heights, cross dock capacity, 135 foot truck courts and all built to LEED standards. A rendering of the purposed new building is above.

For more info on The Spokane Business & Industrial Park, visit their website at-