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Ross Dress for Less is moving forward, slower than expected

Last year the managers of the South Hill Manito Center said  a new Ross Dress for Less store would open this summer, taking over the large, empty former Gottshalks building.

Now the plan is to open the store before the start of the back-to-school shopping season. Ross is a clothing retailer and wants to take advantage of that buying season.

That plan was slowed down for two reasons. Removal of asbestos took longer than expected, after crews came into the building and began the first stages of demolition.

And the store design process was extended due ongoing discussions between Ross corporate officials and the architecture team, Spokane's Bernardo Wills.

John Bennett, the president of manager Black Realty Management, said the asbestos removal added “maybe just two weeks” more to the conversion timeline.

The design review process was a larger factor in the delay, Bennett said. “They (Ross Stores) are very involved in the design review,” he said.

Vandervert Construction is handling the demolition and preparation of the Ross portion of the building. Bennett said the plan is to hand over the building to Ross by the end of August. An opening date by Ross has not been set, and efforts to get more information from Ross Dress for Less have not succeeded.

Ross will move into Manito Shopping Center, filling vacant Gottschalks building


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California off-price clothing retailer Ross Dress for Less will move into the vacant Gottschalks building at 802 E. 29th, the company announced Thursday.

Ross already has stores in north Spokane at the Franklin Park Commons and at the Spokane Valley Plaza at Sullivan and Broadway. No exact opening date was given.

The move culminates a year of discussion with possible tenants, said John Bennett, who was the broker for the deal. He is president of Black Property Management.

The deal is considered a major addition to the Manito Shopping Center, at the intersection of Grand Blvd, and 29th.

Ross will renovate about 28,000 of the 40,000-square-foot building formerly used by Lamont’s, and then Gottschalks until it declared bankruptcy.

That renovation will be under the direction of Spokane’s Bernardo Wills Architects. The remaining 12,000 square feet is available for other retail use, said Bennett.

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