Posts tagged: River Park Square
Downtown Spokane women’s clothing retailer Talbots is leaving its 706 W. Main location, effective Aug. 21. Its lease expires the end of this month, a Talbot’s employee told us today.
We’ll provide some kind of reward — non-monetary— for the reader who can convince us they really know who will move into that location.
Disclosure: We work for the Cowles Co., which also operates River Park Square, Talbot’s landlord. We asked company officials who would go in there. They were mum, as of Tuesday.
I’m guessing the company taking that spot outbid Talbots when the lease came up for renewal. Whoever that company is, they might feel it’s to their advantage to be next door to 710 W. Main, where Apple will open a retail store this fall.
Apple is taking over the location of Eddie Bauer, one door west of Talbots.
A raft of new restaurants are spreading across the Inland Northwest.
We’ve spotted about 10 new or expanded locations here and in North Idaho. They include the White House Grill on the South Hill, Savory, Italia Trattoria in Browne’s Addition, Ciao Mambo going into the Lincoln Plaza building downtown, and the Manito Brewing Co. If you know of others, leave a comment here or offer more information.
One interesting new business is the planned Sushi Maru, moving this fall into downtown Spokane. It would be the fourth restaurant operated by Bellevue-based Sushi Maru group. All those places use the kaiten approach to sushi.
Kaiten is the style of serving food in which conveyor belts (or water channels, in some instances) move plates of food past dining tables. Customers grab whatever plate strikes their fancy.
Sushi Maru owner Paul Choi is taking the spot in River Park Square occupied since 2000 by Sawtooth Grill. Disclosure: RPS is run by the Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.
We left a message for the Sawtooth Grill manager to call us with plans for that business, but haven’t heard yet. Choi said he intends to open Spokane’s first Sushi Maru by Black Friday this fall. Photo here is of Choi’s main restaurant in Bellevue.
We’d known for awhile that contractors were filing and obtaining permits needed before Apple Inc. moves into a new Apple Store in downtown Spokane.
We found the permits online and ran a story this afternoon. It’s here.
The managing architect for the $400,000 remodel is listed as Dimple Manghani of MBH Architects, based in Alameda Calif. MBH lists as its clients Apple, J Crew and Target.
The online permits filed on behalf of Apple in Spokane are at https://aca.spokanepermits.org/CitizenAccess. To find them, use the address search box, with 710 W. Main.
Search for 710 W. Main, the former address of Eddie Bauer’s River Park Square Store, to see the listed permits. No opening date is listed anywhere, though we have city sources suggesting it won’t be until August or September. Just in time for school.
Outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer closed its downtown Spokane retail store recently, leaving only an outlet store in the Spokane Valley, the Bellevue-based company said Friday.
Spokeswoman Sarah Redgrave said Eddie Bauer does not comment on store closures or openings. She declined to say if a new Spokane store is in the works.
“This is a normal course of business,” Redgrave said.
The store, at 710 W. Main, has been a tenant of River Park Square since 1997, after it closed another downtown store one year earlier.
Bob Smith, chief operating officer of River Park Square, said discussions were continuing with a tenant interested in the location. He said the decision to not renew the lease with Eddie Bauer was “a mutual decision.”
On Feb. 22 this year The Spokesman-Review reported that Apple Inc. was interested in launching — and hiring for — a Spokane downtown Apple Store.
The retail community got very excited, the Apple fan base got very enthusiastic.
But Apple’s spokespeople never would say when the store would come to town. A Craigslist ad said it would go into River Park Square, a downtown mall owned by The Cowles Co., the same company that owns The Spokesman-Review.
Recently, Apple Spokeswoman Amy Barney said the tech company has nothing new to add, other than what was earlier reported.
Efforts to get more information on whether the first plan has changed, and when any store would arrive, have not been successful.