Spokane Journal of Business

North 40 to build new Mead-area store

Ranch-farm retailer to anchor new, envisioned retail center

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The West Plains North 40 store, shown here under construction in early 2021, opened last year. The envisioned, new Mead store is expected to be similar in design.

North 40 Outfitters plans to build a new, larger store in the Mead area north of Spokane and relocate its existing farm-and-ranch retail location, a Spokane real estate company involved in the project announced this afternoon.

Chris Bell, managing broker of NAI Black, says the store will anchor an envisioned, 130,000-square-foot retail center, to be called the North 40 Center. The complex is to be at the northwest corner of Newport Highway and Highland Road, near the Newport Highway-North Spokane Corridor interchange.

“The North 40 Center will be the anchor retail experience for the continued development in North Spokane, especially when the North South Freeway is completed in 2028,” says Bell, who will market the retail center with Dave Black, CEO of NAI Black.

Beyond the anchor store, the retail center is expected to include four other buildings, with a potential tenant mix of restaurants, banks, convenience stores, and medical practices.

Construction of the North 40 store is scheduled to begin in 2024 at the retail center site, which is about a half-mile south the company’s existing 55,600-square-foot location, at 15228 N. Newport Highway. Site plans for the new store show it would include about 94,000 square feet of floor space. A press release issued by NAI Black says the new store is expected to be similar in design to a new North 40 that opened last October on the West Plains, at 9646 U.S. 2.

Fall 2025 is the target date to open the new North 40 store, Bell says.

Young Construction Group of Idaho Inc., of Coeur d’Alene, will be the contractor on the North 40 project, and H2A Architects PA, also of Coeur d’Alene, is designing the retail center. Those companies also served as the contractor and architect, respectively, on the West Plains North 40 project.

North 40, which is based in Great Falls, Montana, and is incorporated as CSWW Inc., currently employs 65 people at the 16-year-old Mead store and anticipates hiring 30 more people when the new location opens.

In addition to the Mead and West Plains locations, North 40 operates stores in Spokane Valley, at 8307 E. Trent, and in Coeur d’Alene, at 170 E. Kathleen.

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