Kevin Parker, co-owner GTG Ventures LLC, which operates the Spokane-area Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise, says an affiliated company has bought a 6,600-square-foot building north of downtown and has set up a central office for the franchise there.
A handful of nonprofits also occupy portions of the building, Parker says.
The affiliated company, DB Warehouse LLC, bought the two-story building at 418 W. Sharp on Oct. 26, according to Spokane County Assessor’s records.
GTG Ventures occupies about 1,600 square feet of space on each floor, or roughly half of the building, Parker says.
“We needed warehouse and training capacity,” he says. “We were overdue for it for a couple of years.”
Parker says DB Warehouse is renting out half of the building to nonprofit organizations at reduced rates.
“When we found the building, we said it can be more than just our headquarters for Spokane,” says Parker, who also serves as a state representative. “Our goal was to have a nonprofit incubator, and it rented pretty quickly.”
One of the nonprofit tenants is Generation Alive, which takes up half of the first floor of the building. Several other nonprofits, including Embrace Washington, Junior League of Spokane, Girls on the Run Spokane, and Young Life ministry, share half of the second floor.
Generation Alive was founded here by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Affeldt and his wife, Larisa, in 2005 with a mission to develop young leaders committed to serving others.
Parker is one of the founders of Spokane-based Embrace Washington, which focuses on raising awareness of the need for foster parents and supporting children in the state foster-care system.
Junior League of Spokane is a women’s group that promotes volunteerism to improve the community and develop the potential of women.
Girls on the Run Spokane offers a creative running curriculum in its mission to inspire third-grade through sixth-grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident.
Young Life is a Christian ministry that serves youth and young adults.
The building is a portion of the former Pizza Pipeline Inc. complex, which also included an adjacent building at the northwest corner of Sharp Avenue and Washington Street, the ground floor of which is occupied by a Fleet Street Sports running shoe and sports apparel store.
Pizza Pipeline Inc., moved its original restaurant and commissary out of the complex and into separate Spokane locations in 2009.
GTG Ventures recently opened its seventh Dutch Bros. Coffee stand at 20 N. Pines, in Spokane Valley. Parker says about 15 employees will work at the 600-square-foot stand, which is the franchisee’s second-largest stand.
In all, GTG Ventures has 130 employees, he says.
“We started nine years ago with six employees for our first stand at Second Avenue and Washington Street,” Parker says.
The parent company for Dutch Bros. Coffee is based in Grants Pass, Ore., where it was founded in 1992.
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