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Growing apparel company The Great PNW building new warehouse, office

The Great PNW, a local apparel company, is moving for a third time and quadrupling its space, a sign of its continued success selling Northwest-themed hats, T-shirts and other items.

The company has purchased two properties in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood at 519 N. Sycamore St., for $160,000 and is building an 8,000-square-foot warehouse and office building on the combined lots. The building will also house a private gym and skate park for employees.

Joel Barbour, the company’s founder and owner, estimated the entire project, including the purchase, will cost $500,000. He said he expects the company to move in about six months.

“We’ve outgrown our space,” Barbour said of the company, which has three full-time employees and filled 15,000 orders last year.

Half of the first floor will be a warehouse, Barbour said.

“In back will be the gym and skate park,” he said. “We figured instead of paying for a gym and finding a place to skate, might as well build our own.”

The company’s offices will be upstairs.

Barbour started the business in 2013 out of what he called “the shed” in his backyard. In 2016, the company moved to its current location on North Monroe Street, a warehouse near Grace Avenue with about 2,000 square feet of space. But with the rapid growth of its online sales at, Barbour said the company needed more space.

Goods from the company are also sold at 40 retailers in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana, and can be found locally at Atticus Coffee & Gifts and Kingsley & Scout.

Deaconess medical space to executive offices

Medical office space at Deaconess Hospital is being converted into office space for the hospital’s executives.

The renovation is estimated to be $500,000, according to permits filed with the city.

The interior remodel will take place across the street from the main hospital building at the Deaconess Medical Office Building, 801 W. Fifth Avenue.

Associated Construction Inc. is the project’s general contractor. NAC Architecture designed the renovation, and structural engineering was done by MW Consulting.

Starbucks at Francis and Ash to undergo major renovation

The Starbucks at the corner of Francis Avenue and Ash Street in north Spokane will be substantially renovated, according to permits filed with the city.

The 1,750-square-foot coffee shop and drive-thru will see $258,000 in interior work, including demolition and new walls, doors and equipment. The building’s exterior will not be changed.

The work is designed by Salas O’Brien, a Seattle planning, design and construction company that designs all Starbucks. The firms other clients include Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. AUE, of Bellevue, Washington, did the structural engineering.

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