Spokane Journal of Business

Former Les Schwab Tires store to be converted into retail strip

Remodel slated to be completed in August

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Tentatively named Browne Street Market, the soon-to-be-revamped retail building is located at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Browne Street. Les Schwab left the site in 2019.

The owner of the former Les Schwab Tire Center near downtown Spokane says he plans to convert the site into a modern retail center.

Site plans on file with the city show the nearly 7,500-square-foot building at 101 W. Second will be renovated and divided into at least three retail spaces. The envisioned retail center, at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Browne Street, is tentatively named Browne Street Market.

 Sam Sidhu, who owns the property through 2450 LLC, says, “I would love to see local small businesses in that space.”

Greenacres-based South Henry Studios LLC is designing the renovations. No contractor has been selected yet. Sidhu says he plans to send the project out to bid within the next month. The project is valued at $125,000, and he expects it will be completed by August.

The façade will be renovated into a modern retail strip with brick and metal materials, he says.

“We want to help beautify the downtown area even more,” he asserts.

Site plans show 16 parking stalls, including one van-accessible space and two bike racks. The site also will be landscaped, site plans show.

Chris Bell, of NAI Black, is marketing spaces ranging from 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet in the building for lease for $24 a square foot per year. 

The property is being marketed toward services to support the influx of people moving downtown, says Bell. 

“These will be things you can’t buy on Amazon,” he says. 

Les Schwab Tire Center vacated the property in 2019 and moved to a building at 817 W. Third that formerly housed Troy’s Tire shop.

2450 LLC purchased the single-story building in August 2020 for $925,000, according to Spokane County Assessor’s Office records.

The company is helmed by Sidhu, who also is listed as the governing agent for the Millwood Grocery & Spirits, at 3409 N. Argonne Road, in Millwood, and The Piggy Mart, at 932 W. Third, in Spokane.

He says he also owns a few other commercial buildings.

Natasha Nellis
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Reporter Natasha Nellis joined the Journal in May 2018 and covers real estate and construction. Natasha is an avid reader and loves taking photos, traveling, and learning new languages.

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