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Huppin’s new store has north address

Tue., May 18, 2010

Retailer to occupy ex-furniture store

Spokane consumer electronics retailer Huppin’s Hi-Fi, Photo & Video will open a north Spokane store this fall at 8016 N. Division St., north of Costco.

It will be the second retail store in the area for the company, which has been in business for 102 years.

Murray Huppin, CEO and president of Huppin’s, said the store will be an upgraded retail version of its downtown location.

Interactive displays and demonstrations of digital products and home entertainment systems will be the main focus of the new store, Huppin said in a release.

The downtown store at 421 W. Main Ave. will not be affected, other than to add interactive demos and upgrade the product inventory to reflect the new store’s offerings, Huppin said.

The new store will have about 8,000 square feet of selling space, he said. The entire building will measure 23,000 square feet.

Huppin, cousin Joel Huppin and Pawn 1 owner Mark Lax are the limited partners behind the project.

Pawn 1, which has a store just south of the new site, will use the new building for expanded operations.

The site is the former North Division building used by Furniture Supercenter. It will have space for one or more additional tenants, Huppin said.

He didn’t have an estimate for the total cost of the project.

Including its online OneCall operation and Spokane Valley warehouse, Huppin’s employs more than 90 people in Spokane.

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