Spokane Journal of Business

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Janek Co. closes all four offices

Janek Co., a Spokane real estate company that has specialized in marketing high-end homes, has closed all of its four offices in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.Jan Ekstrom, the companys founder and president, says she closed Janeks this...

Borders to open store at Northpointe Plaza

Borders Books & Music is coming to Spokane.Borders Group Inc., which owns the big bookstore chain, has leased a 23,000-square-foot retail space in the Northpointe Plaza shopping center, on Spokanes North Side, for its first Spokane-area store,...

Key Tronic clears last of repetitive-stress suits

The last of more than 100 repetitive-stress injury lawsuits filed against Key Tronic Corp. have been dismissed, the Spokane-based electronics contract manufacturer says in its latest quarterly report.Key Tronic says the final 15 suits, all filed...

In this shop, you can ‘go native’

The sound of American Indian music and the scent of herbs greet customers as they walk in the door of All Nations Native Art & Fur Co., in northwest Spokane. Beaded items, pieces of pottery, and powwow regalia fill the shelves and cover the walls,...

SCC readies pitch for big project

The next session of the Washington Legislature is eight months away, but Spokane Community College officials already are seeking to rally support for a $15.7 million capital project they consider key to the college providing more graduates for a of...

Hotelier pursues franchising

After years of growing by building its own hotels or acquiring others facilities, WestCoast Hospitality Corp. expects that the biggest share of its growth now will come through franchising.By growing that way, the Spokane-based company can a a...

Insurance hikes hit truckers

Already slowed by high fuel prices and a sluggish national economy, trucking companies say surging insurance rates have slapped a jake brake on their profit margins.Some Spokane-area trucking companies report that their liability-insurance have...

Skipper’s leases spots for two new restaurants

Skippers Inc., the Edmonds, Wash.-based quick-service seafood restaurant chain, has leased sites for two new outlets in Spokane and is negotiating to have a structure built for a third new store here.The three new Skippers Seafood & Chowder...

Bartons Heating closes; two managers plan new company

Bartons Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., a 13-year-old Spokane company that at one time employed about 40 people, has closed its doors. However, two of its managers say they plan to launch a successor company, called The Barton Boys Inc., as soon a...

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