October 22, 2010 in Business

Nordstrom Rack opens at Valley Mall next week

Discount outlet plans to hire about 70 workers at new locale
By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Nordstrom Rack employee Genna Sciamanda, of Cheney, checks the tags for sizes in the children’s section of the new Rack store at the Spokane Valley Mall. The Rack is moving from NorthTown Mall to the Valley location and will be open on Thursday.
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The Nordstrom Rack, relocated and redesigned, will open Thursday at 9 a.m. in its new location at Spokane Valley Mall.

It’s filling the 30,000-square-foot space vacated when Linens ’N Things moved out in late 2008.

The company will not say how much it spent remodeling the new space.

The Nordstrom Rack is the Seattle-based clothing retailer’s discount division. It has had a Spokane location in NorthTown Mall since 2000. That store will close for good at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Company spokesman Colin Johnson said the move allows 2,000 square feet more retail space than the NorthTown location. It’s also closer to Interstate 90 and provides easier access for shoppers from across the area, he said.

The company will hire about 70 area workers, Johnson said.

Through better back-office design, the Rack will have enough space in its retail area to offer more product choices and larger displays, Johnson noted.

Rockwood Retirement Communities will build a 10-story apartment complex on its South Hill campus – an expansion that will bring the population of Rockwood South Hill to about 550 residents.

The Summit will consist of 93 one- and two-bedroom apartments with dens, ranging from 905 to 2,340 square feet. It will be attached to the northwest side of The Ridge, formerly Rockwood Manor.

The tentative price tag for the project is $78 million, and Rockwood will begin construction as soon as half of the apartments are presold and financing can be arranged.

Rockwood also plans to renovate The Ridge, which will get a new building exterior, upgrades to heating and cooling systems, and expansion of common spaces and amenities. It also plans to renovate and expand the restaurants on its campus, wellness and exercise spaces, a spa and beauty salon, a theater and underground parking.

Reservations for The Summit are being accepted.

Rockwood Retirement Communities, also known as Spokane United Methodist Homes, is a nonprofit corporation that has served Spokane since 1960.

In addition to its South Hill campus, Rockwood operates Rockwood at Hawthorne on Spokane’s North Side and soon will open Appleway Court in Spokane Valley, which includes 37 senior apartments subsidized by HUD.

Take-out pasta shop opens

Deer Park residents Dan and Jennifer Shorts have opened the take-out pasta shop Lasagna’s On Ya, at 521 E. Holland, in North Spokane.

This is a classic mom-and-pop operation. The Shorts have raised seven kids, and all of them played sports. The teams always came to the Shorts’ house for lasagna. About 10 years ago, Jennifer Shorts decided to form a business plan around the favorite lasagna dishes those players kept coming back for. Her husband makes the sausages; she makes the pasta and sauces.

The store is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. They take food stamp benefit cards, Jennifer Shorts said.

New pharmacy at Nine Mile Falls

Kevin Herda has opened Lake Spokane Pharmacy at 5919-F Highway 291, at Nine Mile Falls. This is Herda’s third area pharmacy. He also manages pharmacies started by his parents in Chewelah and Kettle Falls. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays.

Wheelchairs & More relocates

Wheelchairs & More has relocated from 6724 N. Pittsburg to its new office, 220 W. Indiana. The company provides pre-owned wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters, beds and mobility equipment. Owners Wendy and Mike Johnson started the business after helping their aging parents find affordable health care items. They run the store weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.

An old gas station in Northport, northeast of Kettle Falls on Highway 25, has been transformed into The Sauvola Town Center, home to a barbershop/salon, espresso bar and therapeutic massage business. Owners Ron and Chris Sauvola remodeled the former Chevron station, which has been idle since 1990. It includes:

• Your Way Latte, owned by Windy Phillips and Jamie Frazier.

• Chris’s Barbershop and Salon, owned and operated by Chris Sauvola.

• Malama Massage, owned and operated by Sherry Bloxam.

Suzuki franchise changes hands

Denny Waltermire and Vic Pestrin, owners of Hallmark Hyundai, have acquired the regional Suzuki franchise. Hallmark Suzuki, which reopened in mid-September, is on the corner of Argonne Road and Sprague Avenue on AutoRow.

Deputy City Editor Scott Maben contributed to the report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on development and business changes in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.

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