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Tue., Jan. 11, 2011, 1:38 p.m.

Spokane Valley will get the area’s first Friendly Computers shop

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The usual choice when hunting for computer repair is Google "PC repair" and see what pops up. You might expect to see a high listing for Best Buy's well-marketed Geek Squad. In fact, it doesn't even show up on the first page of results.

Notably, most of the results are for Spokane independent PC repair operations. To us, that's kind of remarkable, and a great thing.

So now what effect will another computer repair business have in this already-crowded service niche.

In the next several weeks, Spokane resident Jim Dixson will launch Spokane's first Friendly Computers franchise.

Like Geek Squad, Friendly Computers offers in-house or at-the-shop repairs. It's considered one of the faster-growing nationwide franchises in the country. More details on the company at

Dixson plans to open his first location at 328 N. Sullivan, Suite 3, in Spokane Valley.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.