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NorthTown Mall adds a mural saluting region’s natural beauty

Rumors keep floating that some major renovations are planned for NorthTown Mall.

Well, we can't nail anything down.

We did learn that the mall added a big ol' bright mural on the second level across from the Earthbound Trading Company. That's a short distance from the food court.

Shown here, the work is a salute to the natural beauty of the Spokane region, done by local artist Peggy Best.

The mural started in August after several months of discussions between mall managers and Best.

“We had this wonderful wall space that was being under-utilized,” said John Shasky, the mall's GM.

“We started talking about what we could do and the discussions always seemed to focus on some type of public art and Spokane’s rich heritage.  Bringing Peggy on board with her fresh ideas and incredible talent brought it full circle,” he said, in a release.

Saad’s Shoe Repair leaves NorthTown Mall, relocates to nearby office building

Saad’s Shoe Repair, one of the first businesses to move into the NorthTown Mall, is moving out.

Current owner Larry Alfano said he's relocating the shoe business to the nearby Northtown Office Building at 4407 N. Division St.

Saad's has been in the mall since it opened its doors in 1956.

He said the move will be more convenient for store employees and customers. It's prompted by major renovations being planned by the mall owners.

“We’ll have more and easier parking in the new space. And since we’ll leave the mall, we won’t need to stay open until 9 p.m.,” he said.

He took over the business in 1985 from the Saad family. The new store will open July 1.

“I’m a little scared. We had to close our downtown store last year due to the deaths of two employees. Now we’re moving from a spot we’ve been in for decades,” he said.

“But I think it will work out,” he added.

Survival rumors for NorthTown Mall Wholesale Sports not true, manager says

March 10 seems to be a firm closing date for the two area equipment retailer Wholesale Sports locations in Spokane and in Coeur d'Alene.

An OfficeHours post last month clarified and summarized the strange set of facts behind the decision. In brief, the Canadian owner of 14 U.S. Wholesales Sports locations recently sold them to two U.S. firms. One firm, Alama Group, acquired four of the 14 and plans to close them all.  Two of those four are the ones we have here.

Rumors erupted recently that someone might find a way to resurrect or extend the stay of Wholesale Sports at NorthTown Mall. 

A store manager said don't trust the rumors. “We will close on March 10. That is our last working day,” the manager said.

Former Edo owner opens two Miso Fresh Asian locations in malls

Jay Underwood has gone from Edo to Miso. Actually, his two new eateries are named Miso Fresh Asian.

Underwood opened the first Miso Fresh Asian last week at NorthTown Mall. This Friday he opens one in the food court at River Park Square. Both take the spots of the former Edos he ran in those two malls.

He describes the cuisine as Southeast Asian street vendor food. He also likes the idea of having all ingredients visible by customers. He incorporated a trait he thinks Subway has used well — giving customers a full selection and view of fresh ingredients.

Edo Japan was a franchise connected to a Canadian parent firm. Last year the parent firm decided not to renew many of its U.S. deals, Underwood said. That led him to strike out on his own, with Miso.

Underwood gives the menu's culinary credit to Chef Curtis Smith. The stores were designed by Paint Room Studios, owned by Dawn Kiki and Catherine Boles. 

They incorporated recycled glass countertops, and selected tile that resembles wood and cork. Each store has a striking glass mosaic that wraps the stove hood.

And no, the cooks there don't use woks. In keeping with an agreement with mall managers, Miso can't use a “wok,” because another eatery established itself as the sole “wok-based” business inside the mall

Underwood said the solution was to use stir-fry pans. “In fact, that's the name for what we use, 'stir-fry pans,' ” he said.

River Park Square is owned by the Cowles Co., which also owns and publishes The Spokesman-Review and Spokesman.com.

What happened? Why did Wholesale Sports close its area retail stores?

Is this the Cabela's effect?

The new owner of the Wholesale Sports outdoor and sporting equipment outlets in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene will close those two stores in mid-March.

Employees at the stores said company officers informed them on Feb. 21 that their stores’ final day will be March 10.

The announcement was a sudden reversal, following last week’s announcement that Wholesale Sports was selling 14 U.S. stores back to Sportsman’s Warehouse, a Utah company, and a partner, Alamo Group.

That announcement came from Calgary-based UFA Co-operative Ltd., which had purchased the 14 U.S. Sportsman’s Warehouse stores for roughly $800 million in 2008.

After the purchase, UFA rebranded the stores as Wholesale Sports, the name it uses for outdoor equipment stores it operates across Canada.

Last week’s announcement said the sale was part of UFA’s refocusing solely on its Canadian retail businesses.

Canadian newspapers reported that Sportsman’s Warehouse plans to operate 10 of the reacquired stores, but that Alamo Group, which bought four stores, was closing them in March.

It’s unclear which two other stores will be closed.

Alamo Group, based in California, is described as a real estate investment company.

The Spokane store moved last summer from Spokane Valley Mall to NorthTown Mall. It took a 30,000-square-foot space in the mall formerly used by Emporium.

The NorthTown store employs roughly 40 workers. The Coeur d’Alene store, at 3534 N. Government Way, employs about 35 workers.

CenturyLink opens north Spokane, Valley stores after exiting malls

CenturyLink has opened two new Spokane stores, replacing ones it formerly operated in NorthTown and Spokane Valley malls.

The north side new location is at 6704 N. Nevada.

The Spokane Valley store is at 506 N. Sullivan.

Store hours are Monday through Saturday,  8 a.m.– 7 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The company provides a range of data and phone services, including DirecTV paid television and Verizon Wireless options.

Wholesale Sports store in NorthTown Mall opens on July 20

Friends and outdoorsmen, you can plan your July 20 around the opening of the new Wholesale Sports Outdoors Outfitters stores in NorthTown Mall.

The retailer of  fishing, hunting and camping gear opens its doors at 9 a.m. on that date.

The Calgary-based retailer recently closed its Spokane Valley Mall location to prepare for the relocation.

We will keep an eye on Spokane Valley Mall to see which new tenants might be moving into the vacant space there.

Wholesale Sports relocating from Spokane Valley Mall to NorthTown in July


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Wholesale Sports is relocating its only Spokane store to NorthTown Mall. The Calgary-based outdoor equipment retailer recently closed a store in Spokane Valley Mall and will open its North Spokane location in July, company marketing vice president Jimm Holland said.

It’s moving into about 30,000 square feet on the first floor of the mall last used by Steve & Barry. The original tenant was Emporium.

Wholesale Sports has 14 locations in Washington, Montana and Idaho and 11 stores in western Canada.

Holland said all employees at the Spokane Valley store were offered jobs at the new location.   The Spokane store was formerly Sportsman's Warehouse until the Canadian company acquired the firm's Western U.S. locations.

Marshalls to open its first Spokane store this Thursday

Long-awaited Marshalls will open its new Spokane location this Thursday, March 8.

The company is one of the country's larger off-price retailers, offering a variety of clothing for men and women. The Spokane store will fill 26,300 square feet in NorthTown Mall, last used by the NorthTown Rack.

This will be the first Marshalls store in the Spokane area.

Grand opening hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Store hours are 9;30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. -8 p.m. Sundays.

The store will hire about 60 full- and part-time workers.

Word leaks out: Spokane’s Marshalls store to open in March at NorthTown

Last year people at NorthTown Mall noted that Marshalls, a popular women's clothing retailer, will move there this year. Our previous story said Marshalls will go into the spot vacated by the Nordstrom Rack.

We've been contacted by a spokesperson from the company, saying it will open the store in Spokane in March. This will be the first Marshalls in the Spokane area. 

The company is remodeling the 25,000-square foot location, spending about $700,000. The parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx is TJX Companies of Framingham, Mass.

Photo:  Seattle's Marshalls store at Southcenter.

Marshalls will open a store in NorthTown Mall this winter

Clothing retailer Marshalls will move into the vacated NorthTown Mall location last used by the Nordstrom Rack.

A Spokane city building permit notes that Marshalls, a division of TJX Companies of Framingham, Mass., will remodel the 25,000-square-foot location and open this winter.

It will spend about $700,000 on the new project, according to the city permit.

TJX also owns and operates T.J. Maxx stores nationwide and across Canada.

This would be the first Marshall’s location in Spokane. Ten Marshalls stores operate in the Puget Sound area.

A Marshalls company brochure says it offers brand-name family apparel, home fashions and other merchandise including toys.

The company calls itself an “off-price retailer,” meaning its product prices fall below those of better-known brands.

TJX Companies’ investor information noted it’s opening more than 100 T.J. Maxx or Marshalls stores in the North America and Europe this year alone.  

The chart here, found at the TJX investor relations page, is a snapshot of the giant company's current store locations and a look ahead to where it sees future growth.  ENLARGE the graphic by double-clicking on it.

The top grouping is for the entire United States. That top bar includes the Marshalls stores and the far more numerous T.J. Maxx stores. The fifth bar is out of date; it shows no Marshalls stores in Canada, but the company has opened five or more there already. In fact, the Spokane store may well be part of the play to get more business with its fans in British Columbia.

The bottom line (literally) on this chart is the projection that TJX thinks it can add more than 4,000 new stores in the U.S., Canada and overseas. 

That's a lot of confidence…

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.

Other options to feed your Godiva sweet tooth

Godiva Chocolatier last week closed its downtown Spokane kiosk in River Park Square. And just in time for Valentine's!

We decided to hunt down other retailers who carry the well-liked Godiva brand.

We found these three:

  • Barnes & Noble Booksellers, both the north Division shop and in the Spokane Valley Mall.
  • Chocolate Apothecary in the Flour Mill, in downtown Spokane.
  • And Macy's, in the Spokane Valley Mall.

If we missed any other retailers, please let us know.

Nordstrom offers shoppers an online Rack experience

North Spokane residents who are disappointed that the Nordstrom Rack store moved last month from NorthTown to Spokane Valley Mall can now do their Rack-shopping online.

Last month, the Seattle retailer launched an online section to Nordstrom.com that features some of the items sold at its off-price, discount Rack store.

Nordstrom has been opening new Rack stores around the country, including one not long ago in the middle of Manhattan.  The online expansion is a sign that the company realizes many of its customers are more mindful than ever of the option of shopping for price.

The company now has 86 Rack stores in 23 states.  In its SEC documents, the company has noted that, while monthly sales at Nordstrom stores declined from mid-2008 to late 2009, the Rack division has posted growth in the low- to mid-single digits.

Nordstrom Rack kicks off next week with $2,000 shopping spree

For fans of high-end discount shopping, the news is Nordstrom’s Rack will reopen on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m., at the Spokane Valley Plaza. It’s filling 30,000 square feet next to Old Navy (in the building due west of the west side entrance to Spokane Valley Mall).

The retailer will close the NorthTown Rack store on Tuesday and spend all day Wednesday making the final move of equipment, supplies and inventory.  The new store will have roughly 70 workers.

On Wednesday Oct. 27 we’ll do a short story and give people a heads-up on getting ready for the $2,000 Run through the Rack Contest. An explanation is offered here. But our story will give you some clues on what to do, if you’re the winner, of the $2,000 or 90-second shopping spree.

The Nordstrom Rack is the company’s wide-selection unit devoted to discounted items and overstock.

Nordstrom Rack likes the Spokane Valley, leaves NorthTown Mall

Nordstrom Rack is moving east, to be closer to the highway and closer to North Idaho. Those are the reasons given by the Seattle-based clothing retailer for leaving the NorthTown Mall and taking up a 30,000-square-foot space in the Spokane Valley Plaza.

It expects the Rack, Valley version, will open in October. It’s taking space last used by Linens ‘n Things, in a triplex flanked by Sportsman’s Warehouse and Old Navy, west of the Spokane Valley Mall.

The Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom that offers merchandise from other stores at significant discounts.

The new store will offer more retail space and is closer to Interstate 90, offering easier access for more customers along the Spokane-Idaho corridor, a Nordstrom press release noted

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