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New Spokane Valley Walmart store will open on Oct. 17

Ready for a little more Walmart?

Wal-Mart Stores will open its second Spokane Valley location on Oct. 17. That's next Wednesday.

The new store, on East Sprague, is east west of the Costco store on Sprague.

It plans to have roughly 350 full- and part-time workers, according to a company news release.
The average wage for full-time hourly workers is $13 per hour,  the company said.

It will have 148,000 square feet of space and will be open 24 hours a day.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. will open the store, followed by checks handed out to a number of local groups, including Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels and Spokane Valley Partners.

Win an Atticus gift certificate by guessing when BevMo! comes to town

First off, no, we won't hand out a coupon for Total Wine to the winner of this Office Hours contest.

Last week we ran a story describing plans by Total Wine to open two big megastores in Spokane. Total Wine, you might remember, is one of the nation's largest alcohol retailers. It's big.

That story also raised the question when another competing chain liquor retailer, BevMo!, might show up in Spokane.  The story quoted a BevMo! spokeswoman saying:  “Not yet, but you never know…it might not be all that long.” The California firm has two Washington locations, in Silverdale and Tacoma.

We're offering a gift card to Atticus coffee shop to the lucky reader who can come closest to the opening date of the first BevMo! store in Spokane County.

Right: a $10 certificate for good ol' coffee or tea from Atticus, if your guess is closest to the opening date. Not the announcement date; the date the store actually opens for business in Spokane.

Submit entries here under this post; leave your guess in this date form:  MM/DD/YY.

In case of ties, we'll figure out some sort of solution.  Workers or employees of BevMo! and Cowles Co. are not eligible.

Finding liquor retailers in Spokane: handy online map at SR.com

Wednesday's major SR business story is the summary of the variety of retailers (90 and counting) planning to sell booze come June 1, when I-1183 takes effect.

Here's an online map, tooled by the SR's Mike Tigas, that displays those 90 stores: http://data.spokesman.com/i1183-transition/liquor-retailer-licensees/

Also worth checking is the state list of all applicants to date, at http://liq.wa.gov/records/frequently-requested-lists and click on the link for “off-premises licensees.”  Note, that list includes applicants for both beer/wine and for spirits. You would need to sort the full list to see just the spirits applications.

Brian Smith, of the state liquor board, said the agency has been “working overtime” to add new names to the list. That list should be new every Monday, Smith said.

Good luck finding a store that DOESN'T sell liquor in June.


  

Walmart announces it will finally break ground on new E. Sprague store

We asked recently when Walmart would get around to breaking ground on a new store in Spokane Valley.

In March 2010 the company first announced it had plans for the store, west of the Costco at 5200 E. Sprague.  Our first story said: 

Walmart says it will square off with Costco Wholesale Corp. in the Spokane Valley.
The Bentonville, Ark., retail behemoth announced Thursday it will build a 151,000-square-foot retail center on a parcel of land due west of Costco’s store at 5601 E. Sprague Ave.
Jennifer Spall, the Bentonville company's director of public affairs and government relations, said: “Walmart plans to break ground this November on its new full-service store in Spokane Valley. A specific ground-breaking date has not yet been set.  Construction will be completed approximately 12 to 14 months after ground-breaking.”

Who are the deal-friendliest web sites among online retailers?

Yes, we've become fixated on simple-to-read blog lists.

Today's list, via Dealnews.com, is a rundown of what they call the 10 deal-friendliest retail sites. TWo of the sites are from Seattle:  Amazon and Costco.

They are: 

1.       Amazon 

2.       Walmart

3.       Sears

4.       Best Buy

5.       Kohl's

6.       Target

7.       Home Depot

8.       Macy's

9.      Lowe's

10.   Costco


For the full story, go to the page at DealNews.

How soon is Wal-Mart building its newest Spokane Valley store?

About a year ago the SR published news that Wal-Mart would put another new store in Spokane Valley, about six blocks east of the Costco, about 5601 E. Sprague.

There hasn't been a lot of progress so far on that project, which we wrote about first here. Why not?

We tracked down Wal-Mart's regional contacts to find out when the project will get going. Here's the reply:

  • Construction will start in late summer or early fall. Think August or September.
  • It will take 12 to 14 months after groundbreaking before the new Wal-Mart opens. 
  • A Spokane Valley hiring center will be set up roughly 90 days before the doors open. That hiring office will have an online component for job applicants. It's here.  

The store will include a garden center with outside sales area covering about 4,700 square feet (very large). 

It is slated to include an indoor pharmacy, a full-service grocery and a Subway sandwich store inside.

When finished, it will be about 155,000 square feet.

Amazon ranked tops for online customer satisfaction, survey says

Seattle-based Amazon scored No. 1 in a recent online survey of shoppers asked to rate companies'  customer service.

The survey, provided by the Temkin Group, asked people to rate their shopping experiences with 143 different companies.

Using about 6,000 surveys from purchases made this past January, the Temkin ratings looked at a number of factors customers used in judging the experience of buying products online.

The result was a factor that Temkin called the “net goodness” rating  that came from three major components: Functional, Accessible and Emotional.  To get more information on the method Temkin used, go to the Temkin overview.

The survey mostly looked at retailers, banks, hotels and financial institutions.

Kohl's was ranked No. 2. Notably, another Seattle company, Costco, ranked No. 3 in the ratings. Others in the top five were Lowe's and Sam's Club.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/business-tech/#ixzz1Iajbmn15;

Chart credit: Temkin Corp.

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