January 22, 2010 in Business

Walmarts on track for summer openings

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Work continues on the new Walmart along U.S. Highway 95 in Hayden, Idaho, on Saturday. While there is a Walmart in Post Falls, this will be the first one in the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area.
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Late-summer openings are anticipated for new Walmart stores in Hayden and Post Falls.

The Hayden store, at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 95 and Honeysuckle Avenue, will be a mid-size store at about 213,000 square feet, Walmart says. Located on 19 acres with 968 planned parking spaces, it will include a seasonal garden area and a fast-food tenant that hasn’t been determined.

It will be Hayden’s second-largest business structure, behind the Prairie Shopping Center. The parcel development required $1.3 million in impact fees for the restructuring of the Highway 95 intersection.

The walls are up on the Hayden Walmart store.

On the other project, in Post Falls, work has just finished on the building footings.

The new Post Falls Walmart, about a quarter mile east of Cabela’s, will be about 154,000 square feet and will include a Subway eatery and a Smart Styles hair salon. Post Falls’ existing Walmart on the east side of town is about 200,000 square feet and will remain a Walmart, not become a Sam’s Club as had been rumored.

Both structures are using several area contractors for their construction. Each store will employ 300-350 people.

Founded in 1962, Wal-Mart Stores has 8,424 stores in 15 countries.

Engineering offices consolidate

Golder Associates has relocated its two Spokane and Coeur d’Alene offices to a new office at 7921 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley.

The company provides ground engineering, earth sciences, and environmental consulting services. Its clients include government agencies, power companies, water districts, architectural/engineering firms, manufacturers, developers, and education institutions.

The Spokane Valley office is managed by Chris Sneider and employs a staff of geotechnical engineers, ecologists and technicians.

Regionally, Golder employs more than 150 people, with offices in Seattle, Sandpoint, Boise and Vancouver, B.C.

Gutter business moving

Rainman Seamless Rain Gutters will move from its office at 2816 N. Madelia St. to a larger building in north Spokane.

Owner Rick Garrett said the business is moving to a 9,800-square-foot building at 205 E. Ermina Ave.

After remodeling the new building, the company expects to move in next month, Garrett said.

Staff writer Tom Sowa contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.


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