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The Dirt: Clothing retailer H&M plans NorthTown outlet

Clothing store H&M has plans for a second Spokane location in the NorthTown Mall, based on a newly filed request for a building permit.

The filing seeks tenant improvements for a second-level space in the mall at 4750 N. Division St.

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In fall 2012, H&M opened its first area outlet at the Spokane Valley Mall. The international retailer based in Sweden offers a full collection of clothing for men, women and children.

The $700,000 project at NorthTown would update 22,800 square feet of space with new walls, storefront, floor, finishes and ceiling.

With permit application, Ridpath moving forward

It’s one more sign of an official start to rebooting the Ridpath in downtown Spokane. The city last week issued a building shell permit for historic renovation work at 514 W. First Ave.

Developer Ron Wells and partner investors recently cleared financial hurdles to allow work to begin on what’s called the Ridpath Tower, turning the former hotel into a mixed-use site with 206 apartments, a restaurant and commercial space.

The permit covers a $6.3 million job for work by Baker Construction & Development as part of updates to the Ridpath and adjacent east annex. The residential areas are named Ridpath Club Apartments.

A significant part of the 206-unit residential space will offer affordable housing under federal guidelines. It plans 100 “micro-apartments,” and other apartments will rent at market rate.

Super 1 Foods expected to open in Athol this year

A Super 1 Foods grocery store is being built in Athol.

The 57,000-square-foot retail outlet will anchor The Crossing, a commercial development near the corner of state Highway 54 and U.S. Highway 95.

Vandervert Construction, of Spokane, is the contractor for the Super 1 project, which started this month and is expected to be done by year-end. Mercier Architecture & Planning is the designer.

Regional shuttle service Inland Rides now open

Inland Rides has opened as a shuttle service for regional travelers and residents. The transportation company is approved for airport services.

Owner Scott Sloan said in a news release that the business will serve Spokane and North Idaho customers, with trips to and from the airport. It has vicinity travel services extending to Sandpoint and Priest Lake.

Inland Rides offers online booking with published rates. Sloan said drivers undergo extensive background checks, are National Safety Council-certified and insured for business, liability, and interstate travel. The business also has a 24-hour customer service dispatch center.

Inland Rides’ luxury Suburban is available for private event rental, such as transportation for weddings. Riders get free movies and snacks during rides, Sloan said.

Bath, beauty store offers locally made products

A bath and beauty store has opened in the NorthTown Mall.

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More, owned by Jessie Veselka, sells natural products for bath and beauty needs that are made locally by women who craft the items. The store carries such products as bath bombs, natural skin care items, candles and makeup supplies.

Let us know about new businesses, construction projects, expansions or relocations. Send items to The Dirt at, or call (509) 459-5439.

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