January 15, 2010 in Business

Jimmy John’s anchor for new retail center

By The Spokesman-Review
Jesse Tinsley photo

Lester Wheeler uses a loader to move concrete barriers around the new retail building that Baker Construction is putting up at Ruby and Mission, the site of the old Chapter 11 Steakhouse. One end of the strip will feature a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop.
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A sandwich shop will soon emerge from the white plastic cocoon enveloping the northeast corner of Ruby Street and Mission Avenue.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches will be the main tenant in a 7,000-square-foot retail center occupying the former site of a once-popular Chapter 11 Steakhouse, said Barry Baker, of Baker Construction.

He said Chapter 11 was razed to make way for Jimmy John’s, which last month opened its first Spokane location at 601 W. Main.

Tom Quigley of Kiemle & Hagood is leading an investment group funding the project, Baker said, adding that completion is expected in early spring.

Wellness center planned

Meanwhile, Baker Construction will move ahead with another phase of its Liberty Lake Commons development at 1334 N. Whitman Lane, adjacent to the Home Depot store.

Baker said construction of the 26,000-square-foot Liberty Lake Health and Wellness Center should start within the next few weeks. Columbia Medical Associates LLC will be the primary tenant for the $5 million project, which will also include tenants providing physical therapy and medical imaging services.

About 4,000 square feet of space is still available, Baker said. Completion is expected six to eight months after ground-breaking.

A dental building is also under construction at the Commons, Baker said, and work on another multi-tenant building is pending. Both will be valued at about $1 million.

If that last project comes to fruition, only two acres of 12 within the Commons footprint will be undeveloped, he said.

Distribution company leases space

Texas-based GVH/Millennium Distribution has opened its first Northwest location in 28,000 square feet of leased space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.

The privately held company sells food packaging, containers and cups to supermarkets and food-service companies.

President Joe Schmidt said two people work in the warehouse and that number should grow to 10 to 12 by the end of the year.

The company has its Spokane office in Building G at the industrial park.

Research group to open office

The Washington Policy Center will open an Eastern Washington office at 801 W. Riverside, inside the Greater Spokane Incorporated building in downtown Spokane.

The Seattle-based nonprofit conducts research and focuses on statewide public policy issues.

Spokane director Chris Cargill said the office is still being remodeled and should open within the next 30 days.

The center will host an open house Feb. 16 at the Davenport Hotel, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP if you wish to attend at (888) 972-9272.

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