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Centennial Properties converts Chancery to executive suites

Centennial Properties, a subsidiary of Cowles Co., has converted the former Catholic Diocese Chancery Building to office space.

The upgraded office spaces are meant to be executive suites and can be configured according to need.
Cowles Co. acquired the building, the former Catholic Diocese Chancery Building, for $2.05 million in 2006.

Constructed in 1924, the Italian Renaissance Revival building retains much of the detail and craftsmanship associated with early 20th century Spokane office buildings, said Deanne Logan, of Centennial Properties.

The Catholic Diocese leases the building’s third floor. Centennial manages leases for offices on the building’s first and second levels.

The building, now called the 1023 W. Riverside Building, also has a new event room on the first level.
  

Dish Network, KHQ TV management agree on retransmission contract

KHQ TV station management and Dish Network have signed a new deal that ends the possible blackout of Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast for satellite subscribers.

The previous contract ended at midnight last night, with the two sides at odds until Tuesday afternoon.

The two sides agreed sometime before 10 p.m. 

“The good news is that our signal will remain on the Dish Network and no viewers will miss the Super Bowl,” said Patricia McRea, KHQ General Manager. KHQ is owned and operated by Cowles California Media Co., which is a subsidiary of Cowles Co.

Cowles Co. owns and operates The Spokesman-Review and Spokesman.com.

McRea said details of the new contract are confidential. The contract covers among other things the retransmission fee Dish pays to the company for carrying its signal to viewers in the large Spokane TV market, which stretches into Idaho, southeast Washington and central Washington.

Ben Bridge jewelers to move into River Park Square this summer

Ben Bridge Jeweler, the well-known retailer of rings, gems and pendants, will open a store in River Park Square this summer.

RPS is managed by the Cowles Co., which also owns and operates The Spokesman-Review.

A release Thursday noted Ben Bridge will move into the first-level space occupied by The Walking Company, the footwear retailer.

Walking Company will take over the second-level location last used by Sunglass Hut. Sunglass Hut has already moved into a new second-level kiosk due west of the escalators.

Demolition work is underway on the Sunglass Hut shop just off the escalator.

Ben Bridge, founded about 100 years ago, operates locations across the country. It has one other Spokane store in NorthTown Mall.

Godiva’s out, but who’s going to grab that kiosk space in River Park Square?

Mall rats can start guessing which new retailer will move into the kiosk in River Park Square vacated by Godiva Chocolate.

Bob Smith, the guy who manages the RPS, told us talks have nearly concluded with a retailer expected to take over that spot, on the main floor of the downtown Spokane mall.

Godiva closed down on Monday after operating in that spot for 10 years. Most RPS leases run 10 years.

Smith, who works for Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review, said the new tenant fits a category currently “underrepresented” by other retailers in RPS.

What could that be?  Probably not food. Clothing?  Only if one thinks niche apparel.

Smith said the decision to refresh the kiosk operators follows a regular review of customer wants and wishes. Customers are apparently telling the management they don't want chocolate as much as something else they want.

Smith added that total sales at the kiosks is another factor for review. RPS collects a portion of monthly or quarterly sales as part of the lease agreement.

Once we know who's going in, we'll announce it.

Downtown’s first kaiten (belt) sushi restaurant opens on Friday

Sushi Maru, a kaiten-style sushi restaurant, opens its doors on Friday in the former spot of Sawtooth Grill in River Park Square. Kaiten restaurants use conveyor belts with foods on plates that pass by diners’ tables. Diners pull off the items they want.

Sushi Maru is run by Paul Choi, a Bellevue owner of a number of kaiten restaurants in western Washington.  Choi has stocked Sushi Maru with an extensive sake bar in the restaurant lounge. It will seat 145, counting lounge and dining area.

Plates are equipped with microchips that keep track of how long they sit on the conveyor belt. After an hour, food items not selected get pulled off, to insure that customers get fresh choices.

Hours are 11 a.m. to close Monday through Saturday, noon to close on Sunday. Disclaimer: River Park Square is owned by Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Jos. A. Bank moves to Talbots site

This is not exactly big or surprising news. Jos. A. Bank, a menswear retailer, will move from its current 811 W. Main address in downtown Spokane to a new location in River Park Square, opening in November.

Jos. A. Bank is taking the spot down the street previously leased by Talbots. Talbots has not said if it will open a new area store.

The Mobius Science Center will take over the ground level of 811 and 809 W. Main, opening its doors in 2012, its nonprofit board announced this week.

Both buildings — River Park Square and the West 809 Building across the street — are owned by the Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.

Jos. A. Bank moving to the Talbots site?

 

Talbots has not said if the women’s retail chain will open another Spokane store. It’s closing the 706 W. Main location in River Park Square, due to a lease termination. At this point, Talbots  officials have responded with silence to the question.

So, we now notice the company taking over Talbots’ site, at 706 W. Main, is Jos. A Bank Clothiers, Inc., the nationwide clothing retailer. It has its downtown Spokane storeabout one block west of River Park Square. City building permits show a remodeling permit for the Talbots building issued to Jos. A. Bank.

A conversation with some Bank workers produced this explanation — with the caveat that efforts to get confirmation from the company’s main office have not been successful:

For more than a year Jos. A. Bank has disliked being next door to the empty retail site on the corner of Main and Lincoln. The landlord of the Jos. A Bank store (at 811 W. Main) has tried to find a corner tenant without success. That landlord is a subsidiary of the Cowles Co., which publishes The Spokesman-Review.

So Bank Clothiers decided to make the move about two blocks away, in part to be closer to foot traffic, the workers said. It won’t hurt that the new Jos. A. Bank store is next to the soon-coming Apple retail store.

ADDITION: It’s notable that the two landlords — RPS, where Talbots is, and Centennial Properties, where Jos. A. Bank is — are ultimately one and the same company, the Cowles Co.

Jos. A. Bank’s real estate office won’t even need to change the mailing address where it sends the lease payments.

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