Spokane Journal of Business

Silver Lake Mall changes hands

Sporting goods company whose owner is involved in transaction opens shops

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The owner of a Coeur d’Alene-based sporting goods retail store has acquired Silver Lake Mall through an affiliated company, according to documents on file with the Kootenai County Assessor’s office.

Silver Lake Center LLC completed the purchase of the mall late last year, records show. The company is helmed by David Knoll, the owner of Black Sheep Sporting Goods, a Coeur d’Alene-based retail store that caters to sporting enthusiasts, with four locations in Coeur d’Alene, two of which opened late last year in the Silver Lake Mall.

The mall is located at 200 W. Hanley, east of U.S. 95, between Canfield and Hanley avenues in Coeur d’Alene.

Terms of the transaction haven’t been disclosed, but the Kootenai County Assessor’s website shows the value of the property at nearly $12 million. The 323,700-square-foot retail complex was built in 1989.

Knoll couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

The retailer’s two new stores, a Black Sheep Knives & Optics specialty store and a Timberline Trading Co. satellite store, opened in the mall in late November and early December, respectively, according to the company’s social media posts.

The property had been owned and managed by Chicago-based Brookfield Properties, under its holding company Silver Lake Mall LLC, since 2018, when Brookfield acquired General Growth Properties Inc., one of the largest mall owners in the country.

A representative of Brookfield couldn’t be reached immediately for comment. The property is no longer listed in the company’s retail portfolio.

Brookfield also owns portions of the NorthTown Mall and the Spokane Valley Mall.

Black Sheep was established in 1975 at 3534 N. Government Way, which serves as the retailer’s main location. Its other location outside the Silver Lake Mall is a Bargain Barn by Black Sheep retail store, located at 308 W. Seale, in Coeur d’Alene, behind the Home Goods store off U.S. 95.

The Silver Lake Mall is anchored by Macy’s and JoAnn Fabric & Crafts retail stores. The complex currently hosts 30 tenants, including Axe Force One, Bath & Body Works, Caramel Kitchen, Claire’s, and Kitchen Coeur d’Alene. 

In addition to the two new Black Sheep stores, a new Boho West women’s clothing and accessories boutique opened in December, near Macy’s in the mall.

Longtime Silver Lake Mall tenant J.C. Penney Co. will close its store there this year, along with more than 150 other stores companywide, the J.C. Penney website says.

Neither the Spokane Valley Mall location nor the NorthTown Mall location are included in the list of upcoming store closures.

In early December, J.C. Penney also announced its retail and operating assets had been acquired by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management Inc., which has allowed the company to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has given the 118-year-old retailer access to $1.5 billion in new financing.

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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