Spokane Journal of Business

Truck stop, retail center planned near North Spokane Corridor

Developer also wants to build hotel on site

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A new truck stop and retail center—and hotel, eventually—are planned on the northwest corner of Francis Street and Freya Avenue, in northeast Spokane.

Permits for the $8 million project, which will include a two-story, 12,000-square-foot convenience store, are being reviewed by Spokane County, says project owner Sam Sidhu.

“We’re in the process of picking a builder for that project,” he adds.

Fusion Architecture, of Spokane, designed the facility.

Truck overflow parking and three fuel canopies also are included in the project, permit applications on file with Spokane County show. 

The project is located at 3525 E. Francis, across Francis from the Food Services of America Inc. distribution facility and near the route of the presently under construction North Spokane Corridor.

Sidhu says he hopes to break ground on the project in early July, with completion slated for December 2021. Work on the hotel is expected to begin in 2022.

In total, he plans to build a truck stop and retail space, a restaurant, and a hotel on the 5-acre site.

Sidhu purchased the 5-acre development site under company name Tej LLC last October for $1.1 million, according to Spokane County Assessor’s Office records.

The truck stop and retail space will occupy the street-fronting portion of the property, he adds, while the hotel will be built on the back portion of the property.

Sidhu is also the developer behind the upcoming renovations to the former Les Schwab tire center site, at the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Browne Street. That structure will be converted into three retail spaces.

He also serves as the governing agent for Millwood Grocery & Spirits, at 3409 N. Argonne Road, in Millwood, and The Piggy Mart, at 932 W. Third, in Spokane.

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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