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Washington Trucking Inc. Moves To Get More Room

Sam Francis Staff writer

Washington Trucking Inc. is rolling into a new terminal at 213 N. Flora in the Spokane Valley.

The trucking company, which transports cement and other dry bulk products, purchased the 2.3-acre parcel and the 5,800-square-foot building last month.

The company moved this week after outgrowing a 3,750-square-foot building on a 1.3-acre lot at 4203 E. Broadway, said Norm Miller, general manager.

The new terminal will provide more parking space for the company’s Spokane-based fleet of 15 trucks, as well as a repair shop and garage.

“(The new site) lends an air of permanency to our operation in Spokane,” said Miller. Washington Trucking has operated in Spokane since 1989 and employs 20 people. Miller anticipates hiring a few more employees for the new site.

The new site is part of the company’s long-term goal of expansion. Easy access to railroad lines will allow loading of dry products in the future, Miller said.

Washington Trucking is the state’s largest dry bulk carrier, with 58 trucks and 125 trailers. In 1996, the company reported $6 million in sales, and 3 million miles traveled.

The company employs 85 people statewide, with three other locations in the Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Everett.

Golf, Western wear stores moving

Golf Cars and HAV Western Wear are teaming up to build a 8,000-square foot store on Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley.

The new store will house both businesses, which are owned together by HAV Inc., a Valley-based family corporation.

Once the new store at 14902 E. Sprague is built, the two businesses will vacate the store at 15416 E. Sprague they now share, said Bill Renz, vice president of HAV Inc.

Citadel Construction is building the store, which should be completed in October. The grand opening for both stores will be held the first two weeks of November.

Both businesses needed more space than their present location could provide, said Renz. He plans to feature a full line of Club Car clothing in the new store.

HAV Western Wear is an upscale western store specializing in men’s and women’s clothing.

“Our stuff really stands out,” said Vikki Hoskins, store manager. “We do a more fashion-conscious western.”

The shop carries traditional Levi’s and Wrangler jeans, with a mix of men’s sportcoats, western suits and tuxedos, and Stewart boots.

Both businesses currently employ seven people, and three more will be hired for the new store, Renz said.

HAV stands for Hugh, Al, and Vic, members of the original Renz family who started a retail business on the corner of Sprague and Sullivan in 1951.

New store, from the floor up

After losing their lease, the owners of Gallion Flooring are building a new $350,000 store in the Valley.

Randy and Carolyn Gallion have operated the flooring company at 12619 E. Sprague for the last 19 years.

The business will be moving into a new 4,400-square-foot building at 12701 E. Sprague this week.

Gallion Flooring employs five people and will probably hire several more after the move, said Carolyn Gallion.

She hopes to create a Greco-Roman ambiance in the new building, with granite floors, Ionian pillars and statues.

“I know we’re a meat-and-potatoes kind of city, but we also need some seasoning,” says Gallion, who wants to imitate the decor at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.

Gallion Flooring specializes in all types of home floor coverings, including vinyl and hardwood.

A grand “re-opening” is scheduled for the first two weeks of September.

The business was started by Valley businessman Walt Gallion in 1947.

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