This map will pinpoint business news, including new construction, some business openings and closures and progress on ongoing projects. | Full archive of ‘The Dirt’ columns here.
Credit Union buys Freeway PlazaFeb. 28, 2016:
Global Credit Union has purchased the five-story Freeway Plaza in the west end of downtown Spokane for its future headquarters. The credit union paid $4.8 million for the property, at 1500 W. Fourth Ave., near Maple Street and Interstate 90. The seller was Wallace/Scott Spokane LLC of Bellevue. Global Credit Union plans to relocate to the 45,000-square-foot building in late September from 1520 W. Third Ave., a property it owns and is in the process of selling. | More information here.
Engineering firm expands into WashingtonJan. 23, 2016:
Meridian, Idaho-based civil engineering firm T-O Engineers has expanded into Washington with its first outlet in Spokane. The office recently opened in about 2,000 square feet of leased space at 121 W. Pacific Ave. It has three employees, and two additional workers are arriving by spring. More information here.
Guitar shop to open on North MonroeJan. 16, 2016:
The Senator Guitar Shop has leased 1,225 square feet of retail space at 618 N. Monroe St. for a new musical instrument store. The owners plan for the business to open in February. More information here.
Law firm moves to historic buildingFeb. 7, 2016:
Wolfe SBMC, a patent and technology law firm, is scheduled to occupy the nearly 19,000-square-foot renovated space on the second and third floors of the Cold Storage Warehouse building at 116 W. Pacific Ave. The remodel project is valued at $1.2 million. Read more about it here.
Mobius Science Center new locationJan. 17, 2016:
A $1.1 million remodeling project is expected to start next month for Mobius Science Center’s new location at 331 N. Post St. Last year, Avista Corp. offered a $1-per-year lease to the museum for space within a historic brick building next to its Post Street Substation. The site is expected to be a permanent home for Mobius. More information here.
New owner for Post Street buildingMarch 13, 2016:
MZB LLC, of Spokane, has purchased a 6,500-square-foot downtown Spokane property at 110 N. Post St. The building that formerly held the Kendall Yards sales office sold for $950,000. MZB, which lists Ezekiel Brown as a governing member, plans eventually to have a retail shop on the main floor. | More info here.
Real estate group moves into Washington Cracker buildingJan. 10, 2016:
A real estate brokerage, Haven Real Estate Group, has opened an office in the newly remodeled Washington Cracker Co. building, 304 W. Pacific Ave. The residential real estate company is leasing just under 5,000 square feet, about half of the building’s third floor. Founded in 2013 by husband and wife Robert and Cambria Henry, the brokerage employs 12 agents and five people in support roles. More information here.
Red Lion Hotel at the Park being remodeledJune 5, 2016:
A nearly $2 million project will update the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Baker Construction & Development is doing the work, at 303 W. North River Drive, to create a new look for the hotel’s lobby, bar, coffee bar and lounge. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/jun/04/more-remodeling-scheduled-for-red-lion-in-downtown | More info here.
Urbanna salon moves into downtown spaceMay 22, 2016:
A June 6 opening was planned for Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine in nearly 9,000 square feet of renovated space, at 104 S. Division St., leased in the historic Inland Empire Biscuit Co. Building. It gives Urbanna larger quarters, after about $425,000 in building upgrades. | More info here.
Liberty Lake/Otis Orchards
Investor buys Liberty Lake buildingJan. 17, 2016:
Aulgar/Fawcett Investment Properties LLC has purchased a 5,000-square-foot medical office at 23813 E. Appleway Ave. in Liberty Lake as an investment. Valley Pediatric Properties LLC sold the property. More information here.
Multifamily housing planned in Liberty LakeApril 10, 2016:
Crystal Creek LLC, of Hayden, has purchased a 12-acre property in Liberty Lake to develop multifamily housing. The property is located at the southeast corner of Country Vista and Legacy Ridge drives. | More information here.
New Yoke's in Liberty LakeMarch 6, 2016:
Yoke’s Fresh Market has opened its 13th regional store, in Liberty Lake. A grand opening was held March 2 at 1233 N. Liberty Lake Road. Yoke’s expected to spend more than $1 million to upgrade the former Haggen store, which had earlier been a Safeway store for many years. More info here.
Habitat Store movingFeb. 14, 2016:
The Habitat Store will move this spring closer to downtown Spokane. The outlet that sells new and used building supplies is relocating to the former Pacific Wholesale Florist Building at 1805 E. Trent Ave. Read more about it here.
Office warehouse building plannedMarch 20, 2016:
KD Hull Corp., of Colbert, has purchased a vacant 0.64-acre lot at 703 N. Helena St. to build an office warehouse building. Construction is planned this year. Kent Hull is managing partner of both KD Hull Corp. and Iron Bridge LLC. The property sold for $110,000. | More information here.
SCC to remodel counseling centerApril 24, 2016:
A $1.9 million project will remodel the counseling and tutoring center at Spokane Community College. Contractor Leone & Keeble will do interior upgrades for the 12,300-square-foot center on the campus at 1810 N. Greene St. | More information here.
Investor buys GU-area retail mallMay 8, 2016:
Honeysuckle Properties LLC, of Coeur d’Alene, paid $950,000 for the 8,600-square-foot building and surrounding property at 914 E. Mission Ave. The structure holds three tenant spaces. | More info here.
Investor buys office buildingApril 10, 2016:
Central Mayfair LLC, of Spokane, has purchased property at 111 E. Central Ave. near Providence Holy Family Hospital. The investor bought the 2,300-square-foot Elston Office Building and two lots. | More information here.
Mayfair Professional Building being rebuiltApril 3, 2016:
A $2 million project to construct a medical office building is planned at 5905 N. Mayfair St. McCloskey Construction Inc., of Spokane, is listed as the contractor for the 12,300-square-foot, two-story structure. | More info, building history can be found here.
Outback Steakhouse opens at NorthTownMarch 13, 2016:
Outback Steakhouse has opened in a renovated space at NorthTown Mall, part of the shopping center’s redeveloped north concourse. The north Spokane restaurant relocated to 4750 N. Division St. from a space that’s now closed at Franklin Park Commons shopping center. | More info here.
R’nR RV moves into shuttered Fred MeyerMay 15, 2016:
The former Fred Meyer store on East Francis Avenue has sold for $3.9 million to open as a future R’nR RV superstore. R’nR RV, a Liberty Lake-based business owned by Ray and Jo Bunney, will move its Airway Heights outlet to the north Spokane site at 525 E. Francis Ave. | More info here.
Trader Joe's opens second Spokane storeApril 17, 2016:
California grocery retailer Trader Joe’s opened its north Spokane store on April 22 in the Franklin Park Commons shopping center. The 12,000-square-foot store is located at 5520 N. Division St. | More information here..
North Idaho: Coeur d'Alene
4th fire station for Coeur d’AleneMay 1, 2016:
Construction was scheduled to start in early May on a one-story, 7,000-square-foot structure, located at 6570 N. Atlas Road. The estimated project value is $1.2 million. | More info here.
Coeur d'Alene call center expandsMay 8, 2016:
A newly completed Coeur d’Alene call center expansion makes room to add 200 employees at an Alliance Data Retail Services customer care center. The call center, at 745 W. Hanley Ave., now employs 429 people and has space for up to 700 with the building addition. | More info here.
Fairfield Inn planned in CdAJan. 31, 2016:
A proposal calls for a 56,000-square-foot, 100-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, under the Marriott chain, along Northwest Boulevard in Coeur d'Alene. Property owner Ron Ayers received City Council approval Jan. 19 for a zone change from residential to commercial for about 1.28 acres. Under the plan, Ayers wants to combine it with an adjacent parcel where the Garden Motel is located to create a 4.5-acre future hotel site. More information here
New Boys & Girls Club in CdAMarch 6, 2016:
In a $3.2 million project, construction has begun on a new Boys & Girls Club on the east side of Coeur d’Alene. Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County is building the facility that’s just shy of 20,000 square feet, to be called the Lola & Duane Hagadone Center, on the 900 block of North 15th Street. More info here
North Idaho College building fitness centerMay 29, 2016:
North Idaho College is building a $6.5 million fitness center. The 30,000-square-foot center, to be located at College Drive and West River Avenue, will sit next to the 1885 Fort Sherman powder house. | More info here.
Panera Bread coming to HaydenFeb. 28, 2016:
A Panera Bread restaurant is slated for Hayden’s Prairie Shopping Center, 307 W. Prairie Ave. The city of Hayden received building plans for the 5,100-square-foot eatery. Recent demolition of a Burger King made room for the construction. | More information here.
Peak 1 AdministrationFeb. 6, 2016:
Peak 1 Administration LLC, an employee benefits administration company, has leased the second floor of the Cowles Co.-owned Spokesman-Review building at this location. Peak 1 is scheduled by March 1 to occupy the 8,000-square-foot level, moving from 7600 Mineral Drive in Coeur d’Alene. Young Construction Group of Idaho is the contractor for work that began Jan. 18. The newspaper’s operations previously in the space have moved to a first-floor suite. Read more about it here.
StanCraft moves into new building in HaydenMarch 20, 2016:
StanCraft Boat Co., a wooden boat manufacturer, recently moved into a newly constructed $2.4 million headquarters in Hayden. The facility, at 2936 W. Dakota Ave., has nearly 30,000 square feet. | More information here.
North Idaho: Post Falls
NIC building technical education centerApril 17, 2016:
Construction is underway for North Idaho College’s 111,000-square-foot Career and Technical Education Facility that will open this fall. The $20 million project on Lancaster Road in Rathdrum is next to the Kootenai Technical Education Campus. | More information here.
Numerica opening Post Falls branchJan. 10, 2016:
Numerica Credit Union will open its first Post Falls branch in a remodeled retail space. Set to open in February, the 2,700-square-foot site at 775 N. Highway 41 will employ seven people as Numerica’s 19th branch. More information here..
North Idaho: Spirit Lake
Silverwood RV Park renovationJan. 31, 2016:
Silverwood Theme Park plans to spend $600,000 to renovate its RV park. The upgrades this year will include improving utilities and providing more power hookups for RV and camping sites. Other projects will bring fire pits at each site, a free Wi-Fi system and new picnic tables. Read more about it here.
Salk Middle School additionFeb. 14, 2016:
The school will undergo a second-phase $26.2 million school replacement that’s an addition to a recently built gymnasium. The addition will become the new school and has classrooms, commons and cafeteria in about 101,000 square feet, to be built between the current Salk Middle School and Francis Avenue. Completion targeted for fall 2017. Garco Construction is the contractor. Read more about it here
New owners for apartment buildingMarch 27, 2016:
Spokane-based Namaste NW LLC, owned by Donald and Susan Chilson, has bought a 10-unit apartment building in northwest Spokane. The 4,708-square-foot property, located at 1618 N. Lincoln St., sold for $362,000. | More info here.
North Central HS additionFeb. 14, 2016:
Workers are building a 32,000-square-foot cafeteria and commons addition, along with five classroom spaces in a $14.1 million project. Completion scheduled for fall 2017. Graham Construction & Management is the general contractor. Read more about it here.
New Denny's restaurantApril 10, 2016:
Vandervert Construction is building the 4,400-square-foot restaurant on a vacant lot at 3525 N. Division St., on the southwest corner of Gordon Avenue. Set to be completed this summer, the eatery will be the fourth Denny’s in the Spokane area.
Read more about it here.
Medical office building - Kendall YardsMay 1, 2016:
A $4.5 million project now underway will build a three-story medical office building in Kendall Yards.
The 38,000-square-foot facility will house primary care services for both Providence Medical Group and Columbia Medical Associates. | More info here.
New Red Lion opensMarch 27, 2016:
After a nine-month renovation, the former Spokane House Hotel atop Sunset Hill has opened as Red Lion Inn and Suites Spokane. The newly branded hotel is located at 4301 W. Sunset Blvd. | More info here.
New building to house health care providersJan. 10, 2016:
Investor group Field of Dreams Enterprises LLC has purchased a 1.54-acre lot at 11911 N. Division St., with plans to construct a 14,300-square-foot building. Three tenants are expected to occupy the structure: a chiropractor, an oral surgeon and a sports training group. More information here.
Hampton Inn & Suites constructionFeb. 21, 2016:
Workers are grading a 1.2-acre lot for a future six-story, 109-room hotel. Spokane South Medical LLC is building the 126,000-square-foot, $12.8 million project. Hospitality Builders Inc., of Rapid City, S.D., is the contractor. Read more about it here.
California company buys apartment complexFeb. 28, 2016:
A California buyer recently purchased a South Hill apartment complex for $2.1 million. Nelson Family Properties LP, an enterprise of cattle rancher Chris Nelson, bought the 39-unit Timber Court Apartments, 2707 E. 37th Ave., from seller EZ Properties LLC. | More information here.
Apollo Spas opens in ValleyMarch 13, 2016:
Apollo Spas, a hot tub dealer, has opened its new 38,000-square-foot superstore in Spokane Valley, near the Interstate 90 and Pines Road exit. Apollo Spas refurbished the space, at 11064 E. Indiana Road, and relocated from north Spokane. | More info here.
Auto Credit Sales moves to new locationMarch 13, 2016:
Auto Credit Sales, a retailer of used vehicles, has purchased the former Barton Jeep facility in Spokane Valley. By April 1, Auto Credit plans to open at 10819 E. Sprague Ave., after vacating a lot at 5905 E. Sprague. | More info here
Commercial land sold in ValleyMay 29, 2016:
Bo Chalich and Scott Conant have purchased about half an acre on the southwest corner of Flora Road and Sprague Avenue. The property, at 17018 E. Sprague Ave., sold for $135,000 as a raw land deal with demolition of structures by the buyers. | More info here.
Hammer coffee plans new Valley locationApril 17, 2016:
Spokane-based Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters will open its 19th store in May at the corner of Sprague Avenue and Thierman Road. The company is remodeling the 1,800-square-foot space at 6630 E. Sprague Ave. It was formerly a Starbucks. | More information here..
Maranata church buys Spokane Baptist buildingMarch 20, 2016:
Maranata, a Spokane church, has purchased a Spokane Valley church property at 12817 E. Broadway Ave. for $440,000. Seeking larger quarters, Spokane Baptist Church sold the 5,500-square-foot building. | More information here.
New business park under way on TrentMay 22, 2016:
Bellevue-based TAPA Spokane LLC, with owner Thomas Andersen as a principal, has filed a site plan to divide 10.74 acres into eight lots for a light industrial-zoned business park. They'd also like to build a single-use, 6,000-square-foot commercial building on-site at 16017 E. Trent Ave. | More info here.
Nick's Handmade Boots movingApril 24, 2016:
Nicks Handmade Boots, a Spokane company since 1964, plans to move in May into a renovated building at 6510 E. Sprague Ave., formerly the Display House. | More information here.
Opportunity Shopping Center soldMarch 20, 2016:
Spokane business M3K LLC has purchased the Opportunity Shopping Center, at 12025 and 12109 E. Sprague Ave., for $5.3 million. It’s an investment purchase for M3K owner Fred Lopez, who owns other Spokane properties. | More information here.
Sign company expands in ValleyJune 5, 2016:
Mountain Dog Sign Co. Inc., a full-service sign manufacturing company, is expanding into larger Spokane Valley quarters. The company has leased a 6,600-square-foot facility, at 1620 N. Mamer Road, to gain additional sign production space. | More info here
Spokane Treatment and Recovery ServicesFeb. 21, 2016:
Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services purchased a vacant 7,000-square-foot group living facility in Spokane Valley and plans to renovate it for transitional and rehabilitated living quarters. Read more about it here.
New trucking service centerApril 3, 2016:
An outlet of the national Speedco chain is entering the Spokane market to offer tire services, quick lube and other maintenance work for commercial trucks. The 13,500-square-foot facility, at 10916 W. Westbow Blvd., is set to open this summer with more than a dozen employees. | More info here.
Curlew Lake resort under new ownershipJan. 24, 2016:
Tiffany’s Resort, a recreation property in Republic, Washington, has sold for $1.45 million. The resort, at 58 Tiffany Road on Curlew Lake, has 19 cabins and 14 RV hookups. Buyers Vic and Donna Goochey along with other family members plan to continue the resort’s operations.