August 16, 1997 in Washington Voices

Railway Credit Union Planning New Building

Sam Francis Staff writer
 

Spokane Railway Credit Union is breaking ground on a new building at the southeast corner of Sullivan and Broadway.

Construction should start within the next two weeks and should be completed in early 1998, said Doreen Kelsey of Spokane Railway Credit Union.

She said that the Valley branch has outgrown its 3,000-square foot quarters at 15410 E. Sprague. The new building will be almost double that size.

“We’re serving more than 7,000 members from that location alone,” said Kelsey. “What we need is a larger facility that can provide full service.”

The Valley branch currently employs 12 people, and additional hires will be made as demand requires, she said.

A drive-up ATM, secured-entry ATM and drive-through windows are all part of the design of the building.

Kelsey declined to estimate the cost of the new building but said the land alone cost in excess of $1 million.

Spokane Railway Credit Union serves 39,000 people and has five branches in the Inland Northwest. It was started in 1937 by 12 employees of Great Northern Railway.

New auto service center going up

Aamco is building a new automotive service facility in the Spokane Valley.

Construction is starting this week on the $500,000 shop at 14609 E. Sprague. It is expected to be completed in early November, said Mike Evans, Aamco general manager.

The new 6,000-square-foot facility will replace Aamco’s current service facility at 3624 E. Sprague.

Environmentally friendly, vegetable oil-operated auto lifts are the highlight of the new shop. Customers will be able to view, through 40-square foot glass windows, their cars being repaired, Evans said.

The Valley Aamco employs seven people. About three more will be hired to work at the new shop. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Valley is just booming,” said Evans. “We’ll be closer to the new mall, and we’ll pick up some of the freeway business.”

About $50,000 will be spent on landscaping after the building is completed, he said. Aamco is leasing the building and land in a partnership agreement with Kiemle and Hagood Co.

Two Spokane Aamco stores reported about $4 million in sales during 1996, Evans said. The other Aamco service facility in the Spokane area is on the North Side.

Fried chicken restaurant opening

Spokane Valley residents will soon have another reason to lick their fingers.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is opening its second restaurant in the Valley. It is scheduled to open on Aug. 25.

Construction workers are putting the finishing touches on the $1 million restaurant at the southwest corner of Sprague and Sullivan.

About 40 employees will be hired for the store. Applicants should apply in person at 9512 E. Sprague. The restaurant won’t feature delivery, but it will have drive-through service and a daily buffet.

, DataTimes


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