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The long-awaited Manito Tap House opens on Spokane’s South Hill


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It's taken Patrick McPherson pretty much a full year getting his new business, the Manito Tap House, open.

McPherson, who hails from the Tri-Cities, started the process of converting the former Pear Tree Inn at Manito Shopping Center back in fall of 2010. The Pear Tree was shut down as part of the arrival of Ross Dress for Less — which has plans for an opening later this year.

He just opened the Tap House, at 3011 S. Grand Blvd., two Fridays ago. Due to remodeling delays and city code issues, McPherson simply couldn't move the project along as fast as he'd hoped.

Anyone have photos of the interior to share?  If so, we'll give full credit here on Office Hours blog.

McPherson said the Manito Tap House hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 to close Friday and Saturday. It's closed on Tuesdays. 

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.

Pear Tree Inn site about to be a brew pub, plus other Manito spaces still available

A new restaurant-pub will be going into the space in Manito Shopping Center last used by Pear Tree Inn. The owner of the new pub wants to lie low just a week or so longer; we’ll talk with the owner and provide some of the details within the next 10 days.

Meanwhile, here’s the recap of what’s happening in the center, courtesy of NAI Black broker Colin Conway.

Of course, Ross Dress for Less is taking a large portion of the old Gottschalk’s Building there.

On the main level, the former Red Carpet Travel space, next to the Pear Tree, is available. It has about 1,500 square feet, said Conway.

Also for lease is roughly 12,000 square feet in the upper corner of the Ross building. Conway said he’s working with possible tenants but nothing’s been firmed up.

Pear Tree Inn is out of Manito Shopping Center

Many rumors drifted across the metro in recent weeks prior to Thursday’s announcement about the new tenant in Manito Shopping Center.

We heard it would be good ol’ Trader Joe’s, the trendy California food and beverage retailer, who has toyed with our affections before. (see this earlier SR business story).

But lost in the coverage was the under story, namely, that while Ross Dress for Less was taking over the empty Gottschalks at 29th and Grand Blvd., the little food restaurant on the lower level, Pear Tree Inn, is now out.

Brokers for NAI Black, who represent the owners of the mall, say a new plan has a mod ale house/pub planned for that 2,500-square-foot location, which fronts the west side lower parking lot.

It’s next to the state liquor store, which has a long term lease and will remain there.

Incidentally, we went to the liquor store several weeks ago to suss out the REAL story on who was taking over Gottschalks. An employee at the liquor store said, “It’s that clothing company, Ross.”

We should have believed her.

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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