Spokane Journal of Business

Home Depot considers South Hill store

Old Shopko site along Regal Street eyed

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The site of the former South Hill Shopko store, shown here when closing in 2018, could become the site of a Home Depot store.

The former Shopko store site on Spokane’s South Hill could become the new home to a $20 million Home Depot store, a pre-development conference application on file with the city of Spokane shows.

Site plans show a 106,200-square-foot retail space is planned, south of a 28,100-square-foot garden center. In addition to lumber and a garden center, the retailer proposes to have a tool rental center and truck rentals for customers, plans show.

The site is located at 4515 S. Regal, which is near the southeast corner of 44th Avenue and Regal Street and about a half-mile south of Ferris High School.

Fresno, California-based Lars Andersen & Associates Inc. submitted the pre-development application to the city of Spokane. No contractor is listed on the application information.

The proposed store would have 145 to 175 employees, according to project information. The building is expected to be open for business seven days a week and may operate 24 hours a day.

The land is owned by SHS Building LLC, a real property investment company in Phoenix, that purchased the site for $10.5 million in April 2015, according to Washington state tax records.

Home Depot appears to be revisiting plans for a South Hill store that had been envisioned over 15 years ago near the Shopko property.

In 2008, the Journal reported that the home improvement retailer had similar plans just southeast of the Shopko building, including the size and scope of the store and garden center.

At the time, Spokane City Council approved those plans but included size restrictions that said big-box stores couldn’t exceed 100,000 square feet of space.

After a long and contentious battle over the project with neighborhood residents, developers scrapped the proposed project.

Pre-development application notes state that a demolition permit will be required in addition to environmental approval for the project to move forward. Over 400 parking spaces are proposed, plus a 17,000-square-foot stormwater basin and sidewalk and landscaping improvements at the site.

Erica Bullock
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Reporter Erica Bullock has worked at the Journal since 2019 and covers real estate and construction. She is a craft beer enthusiast, who loves to garden and go camping with friends.

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