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Sun., July 20, 2014, midnight

Associated Painters expands

Associated Painters Inc. has completed construction of its second aircraft-painting hangar at Spokane International Airport.

The company’s first hangar has been in operation the past four years.

The expansion will help increase the company’s Spokane workforce to 110 employees by next summer, up from 70 today.

The 32,000- square-foot hangar cost roughly $6 million to build. It has one large bay capable of handling a Boeing 757-300-size aircraft or similar narrow-bodied planes.

Associated Painters owns the building and has a 30-year land lease with Spokane Airports. The general contractor on the project was Garco Construction, of Spokane.

Staples makes store changes

Staples, the national office supplies retailer, is relocating its Spokane Valley store and downsizing the store at the Northpointe shopping center.

The store near the Valley Mall, at 15224 E. Indiana Ave., will relocate in September to a new building under construction next to Total Wine and More at 13804 E. Indiana Ave.

The North Side store at 10100 N. Newport Highway will shrink by roughly 50 percent, a company spokesman said. That change is underway and expected to be done in two weeks.

The side of the current store being vacated will be filled by franchise retailer Party City. The reductions are part of a multiyear Staples strategy to cut retail space and expand online and mobile sales.

New Target sets grand opening

The long-awaited Target retail store on Spokane’s South Hill will have a soft opening at 8 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a grand opening next Sunday.

The address is 4915 S. Regal St.

Target is the anchor company in the new Regal Plaza under development by Spokane developer David Black.

Business hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. About 200 workers will be employed at the store, said spokesman Daniel Sweeney.

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