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Fast-Food Chains Rush To Take Advantage Of Rapid Growth In Post Falls

Wed., March 8, 1995, midnight

If you’re watching the Fast Food Parade in Post Falls, you’re probably not even halfway through it.

Idaho’s fastest-growing city in the past year or so has added an Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Sub Shop, Teriyaki Express, Paul Bunyan and Pizza Hut. On the near horizon are a Godfather’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Subway and a second McDonald’s. All this for a town that earned its first Golden Arches just a couple of years ago.

And now, for your 24-hour dining pleasure, the middle of the parade will be sparkled by Jack in the Box!

Ground-breaking for this versatile restaurant is scheduled for May 23 near the Outlet Mall. Construction should take about three months. The 2,800-square-foot building will seat 86 customers at tables and booths and will include a drive-through. It will employ 35 to 40 people. The menu will include breakfasts, teriyaki and a variety of sandwiches.

Owned by Foodmaker Inc., of San Diego since 1954, Jack in the Box boasts 1,170 restaurants in 17 western states, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico. The regional headquarters is in Seattle. The company purchased the 33,300-square-foot property bordered by I-90, Pleasantview Road and Railroad Avenue.

(Forgive me if I missed any of the Fast Food Parade entrants. If so, it wasn’t intentional.)

Doctors who currently share partnerships and leased spaces in the 1112 Ironwood Building will be having their own facility constructed on Lincoln Way in the next few months.

Joining in the venture are three cardiologists and three gastroenterologists. (Wow - that’s their word, not mine!)

The G-word docs are Chris Kutteruf, Stan Toelle and new recruit Glen Robinson, the latter coming from Vermont after completing a fellowship in New Mexico. The heart specialists are (Pay attention; this could be confusing) Anita Robinson, James Pataky and a recruit to be named later. This Robinson is the wife of Kutteruf and not related to Glen Robinson. And Kutteruf is not an amputee specialist. (I’ve gotta be careful; he’s working on me today).

Construction should begin this month on their 8,000-square-foot building on the west side of the Lincoln Way-LaCrosse Avenue intersection. The doctors will be on the 5,000-square-foot second floor, accessible by elevator and stairway. Realtor Dave Daboll of Beebe, McKernan & McCarty is seeking a tenant for the 3,000-square-foot lower floor.

Two houses will be removed to make space for the new building, which will be completed around July by Mike Peters Construction.

The 11th branch of First Security Bank is planned for 2.2 acres on the southeast corner of Goude Street and Polston Road (near the Post Falls Pizza Hut).

Area manager and Vice President Wayne Schneider said the facility, still in the design stage, should be about 4,000 square feet with five or six teller stations and three drivethrough lanes, one with an automated teller machine. The branch will employ about 11 people and probably will be constructed this year, Schneider said.

First Security’s headquarters is in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Arrangements with a natural but elegant look and unique gifts are the specialties of A Garden of Memories, which opened in February at 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. The business took the space of Sweet Temptations in the Tony Moen-owned building.

Shop owner Becky Fahey, a Coeur d’Alene native, said she and florist Char Smith emphasize a different, wildflower look for their custom-designed arrangements. They also sell synthetic flowers and gifts, including baskets, candles, imports, crafts and porcelain items.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

A couple of tidbits:

The initials HRGS on the sign outside the Kootenai County building department facility mystified me. Since the initials are followed by times, I surmised they might be the hours the place is open. But the “G” was a mystery and the hours changed each week. Now I know the initials stand for “Hearings.” A spokeswoman said they didn’t have enough letters to complete the word.

A possibility exists that a footbridge across the Spokane River could connect Blackwell Island to the NIC campus. The trade-off would be that NIC could use the proposed island R.V. park for parking in the non-tourist months and the R.V. park would use the bottom of the bridge for utility piping. A paved island sounds like something one would find in New York, not North Idaho. Sigh.

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