Browne Street Market Planned

Thursday, June 30, 2022

(As reported in the Journal of Business by Mike McLean and excerpted  here)

This is planned as a multitenant retail center tentatively named Browne Street Market, at the former Les Schwab Tire Center, at the southwest corner of Browne Street and Second Avenue, downtown.

A building permit application for the project is under review. The permit application, which was submitted to the city of Spokane in December 2020, was recently extended until Nov. 5, at the request of Northern Craftsman Construction, of Spokane, the contractor on the project.

Andrew McLain, owner of Northern Craftsman Construction, says he met with the city last week, and “we should be rocking and rolling within a month or so.”

The project will include renovations initially estimated at $125,000 mainly to the shell of the 7,500-square-foot former tire center, which will be divided into at least three retail spaces.

McLain says the initial emphasis will be on constructing a new façade for the building. Interiors likely will be built to suit later, as tenants are secured, he says.

While no tenants have been named yet, McLain says the developer is “trying to find hip people who want to be in there and turn the area around a little bit.”

He describes the project as a “downtown-type market” that potentially will include a fitness center and a homestyle coffee shop.

Sidhu purchased the site through landholding company 2450 LLC in August 2020 for $925,000, according to assessor’s records.