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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Chick-fil-a planning new restaurant along Ruby nearby Gonzaga

 Chick-fil-a is clearly eyeing the Inland Northwest market for more locations as to date they only operate the one store on Newport Hwy in North Spokane. Although the City of Spokane denied and application at the end of 2022 for a new Chick-fil-a location at the busy intersection of 29th & Regal on the South Hill the company has come back with a new planned second Spokane location. This time at the corner of Ruby & Sinto, north of Downtown Spokane and nearby Gonzaga University.

Building permits for this location have not yet been applied for but the company has gone thru the pre-development process and just last week entered a SEPA application to consider the environmental impact of this planned new restaurant. In the SEPA application documents Chick-fil-a indicates that they are bullish on starting construction at the site saying once the SEPA and plan check is complete they intend to break ground. Of course, this doesn't give an idea of exact timelines for construction or an opening date, however.

The plans call for a 5028 square foot restaurant to be built on the 1.52-acre site. The new buildings address would be 104 E. Mission Ave. as the lot for the new restaurant would run the entire length of N. Ruby in-between Sinto and Misson. Plans call for a double drive through and a surface parking lot with 85 spaces, 4 of which will be accessible.

Currently the site is occupied by a small group of homes and already vacant land. These will likely also need to be demolished prior to construction of the restaurant itself. We plan to keep an eye on this developing project as we expect more news on it in the coming weeks.