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Former Bing manager sues for wrongful termination

Former Bing Crosby Theater general manager Michael Smith has filed a lawsuit alleging he was denied overtime pay and wrongfully fired when he refused to perform illegal activities.

Dicker purchases historic Montvale Hotel

The historic 36-room Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane has joined Jerry Dicker’s growing portfolio of boutique hotels and restaurants. Ruby Hospitality, the Spokane developer’s company, paid $2.3 million in a foreclosure sale last month for the 116-year-old building at West First Avenue and Monroe Street, in the entertainment district across the street from the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Developer purchases Brass Rail building

Jerry Dicker, a prominent developer credited with helping breathe new life into downtown Spokane’s entertainment scene, is moving his company’s headquarters into the building formerly occupied by Dempsey’s Brass Rail bar. The two-story building at 909 W. First Ave. has been vacant since Dempsey’s bar went out of business in 2011. Now the second floor is being remodeled into a larger office space for Dicker’s company, GVD Commercial Properties. The company will move from its current offices in a residential neighborhood at 810 E. 28th Ave.

Downtown developer buys old Dempsey’s bar

Jerry Dicker, a prominent developer credited with helping breathe new life into downtown Spokane’s entertainment scene, is moving his company’s headquarters into the building formerly occupied by Dempsey’s Brass Rail bar.

Bing Theater continues to benefit from artistic, structural upgrades

Jerry Dicker has invested in a lot of downtown Spokane real estate, but it’s the Bing Crosby Theater that he calls his “labor of love.” Since acquiring the Bing in February 2012, Dicker estimates that he’s put at least $400,000 of his own money into renovating and updating the theater, and that figure will no doubt swell as the structural and artistic improvements continue. Dicker, a California businessman who owns GVD Commercial Properties, knew the Bing wasn’t going to be a moneymaker when he took it on, but he believes that the venue’s increased activity can only encourage prosperity in Spokane’s art scene.

Burgan’s transformation begins

Five years after buying the Burgan’s Furniture buildings on North Division Street in Spokane, developer Jerry Dicker has launched a multimillion-dollar project that will add 46 apartments and three retail stores just west of Gonzaga University. At one time, the side-by-side buildings near the corner of Boone Avenue and Division were part of Spokane’s popular “furniture row” retail corridor.