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Rockwood Liberty Lake project nears completion

Aaron Ferguson, of Rainman Seamless Rain Gutter’s, hangs gutters at the new Rockwood Clinic building at 1326 N. Stanford Lane in Liberty Lake on Thursday. (J. Bart Rayniak)
Aaron Ferguson, of Rainman Seamless Rain Gutter’s, hangs gutters at the new Rockwood Clinic building at 1326 N. Stanford Lane in Liberty Lake on Thursday. (J. Bart Rayniak)

Rockwood Clinic continues its 2011 expansion. After recently opening an Airway Heights clinic, the Spokane-based care provider has begun building a new clinic in Liberty Lake.

The 12,000-square-foot clinic is at the completed-shell stage, at 1326 N. Stanford Lane.

Baker Construction is the general contractor and developer for the project, which expects to be completed sometime in the third quarter. Rockwood Clinic spokeswoman Becky Caldwell said the clinic will open in the fourth quarter this year.

Construction is expected to cost roughly $2 million. The single-level clinic is part of a nine-building Liberty Lake Commons development of offices and businesses.

Caldwell said the clinic will offer pediatric and family care, along with imaging and physical therapy.

Rockwood Clinic is one of the area’s largest health care providers. It has clinics in Spokane and North Idaho.

Work starts on Plummer hospital

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe broke ground recently on the $17.3 million Benewah Medical Center in Plummer.

The 50,000-square-foot center is expected to open in fall 2012 and will include medical, dental, pharmacy, lab, X-ray, community health and counseling services. The center will be located on six acres west of U.S. Highway 95 in Plummer.

Financing was provided by an $11.8 million grant awarded in October and funded by the Health Resources Services Administration via the Affordable Care Act. In addition, the tribe pledged $3 million, and $2.5 million will be contributed by the Benewah Medical/Wellness Center, a news release from the tribe said.

The center will replace a facility that opened in 1990 and offers about half the space. The medical center’s 125 staff members serve about 8,000 patients annually.

Northside Albertsons store closing

Boise-based Albertsons has decided to close its Northwest Boulevard supermarket in north Spokane on Aug. 11.

The decision is based on business factors, Albertsons said in a release.

Albertsons opened the store at 1617 Northwest Blvd. in 1980. No plans for the site have been announced. It has two other north Spokane markets, at 6520 N. Nevada St. and 9001 N. Indian Trail Road.

Winger Bros. opens in Valley mall

Winger Bros. Restaurant and Brewhouse has opened at the Spokane Valley Mall.

Restaurateurs and brothers Eric and Scott Slaymaker together have more than 30 years of culinary operating experience in Washington, Idaho and Utah. They began with a small Winger’s Diner in Salt Lake City.

The cuisine includes chicken wings, barbecued ribs, brisket and craft beers.

Winger Bros. is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily at 14742 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.

Four tenants join business park

Spokane Business and Industrial Park has announced four new tenants: Waterglider LLC, a distributor of books and toys; Oregon Metal Slitters, a metal processing company; Townshend Cellar, which is leasing 12,000 square feet for wine products; and American Alloy LLC, a fabrication and machining company. American Alloy is leasing 60,000 square feet in the park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road.

Alison Boggs and Scott Maben contributed to this report.
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