The former site of Loulou’s Sport Shop south of the University District could be transformed into a new mixed-use development.
Sherman Properties LLC has filed a preliminary application with the city to transform two existing buildings at 418 and 428 E. Pacific Ave. into a restaurant, gym and residential housing.
Sherman Properties LLC, whose principal is Omri Azoulai, purchased the buildings for $400,000 in December, according to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.
Spokane-based Uptic Studios is designing the project.
Construction on the two buildings – spanning a total of 12,742 square feet – is anticipated to begin in the summer, according to site plans filed with the city.
The site was previously home to Loulou’s Sport Shop, founded in 1973 by Loulou Kneubuhler. It was a popular store for decades among skiers for boot fitting, ski tuning and gear.
The store closed in 2005 because of competition from big-box stores, according to a Spokesman-Review article.
The building later housed Loulou’s Ski Museum and Tennis of Spokane.
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