Spokane Journal of Business

Yoke’s adds supermarket in Valley to remodel list

Company is wrapping up renovations at two others, recently finished another

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Spokane-based Yokes Washington Foods Inc. plans to add the remodeling of a Spokane Valley supermarket to a multimillion-dollar, five-store construction-and remodeling-plan announced in pieces earlier this year.

Denny York, senior vice president of marketing and store development for the supermarket chain, says the company will begin in February to remodel its 62,000-square-foot store at 15111 E. Sprague. Like the five other supermarkets already included in what the company has said eventually will be a chain-wide major remodeling and growth campaign, that Spokane Valley store will be remodeled with the Yokes Fresh Market theme first featured at the grocers Mead supermarket at 14202 N. Market, he says.

York declines to reveal the cost of the Valley project, which he says should be completed next spring.

Waynco Construction Inc., of Spokane, recently finished the remodeling of Yokes 58,000-square-foot store at 210 E. North Foothills, and a remodeling of the companys 55,000-square-foot Deer Park supermarket, which is being performed by Yokes employees, is expected to conclude by Jan. 1, he says.

Garco Construction Inc., of Spokane, now is expected to complete a renovation of the chains 45,000-square-foot Indian Trail supermarket by Feb. 1, York says, while Waynco is expected to complete construction of a new 56,000-square-foot supermarket in the Argonne Village in the Spokane Valley sometime next spring.

He says the design department of Spokane-based URM Stores Inc. is doing the architectural and engineering work for all of the new construction, except the Argonne Village store, which is being done by Bernardo-Wills Architecture PC, a Spokane architectural firm.

The theme-based interior design at all of the supermarkets is being done by Commercial Design Systems, of Tualatin, Ore., York says.

The company has yet to select a contractor or begin construction of a new 56,000-square-foot store in Airway Heights just west of Lyons Road on the north side of U.S. 2, he says.

Yokes is proceeding with the design of the new store, York says, but has delayed the start of construction while it attempts to lease its current, smaller Airway Heights store, which has operated nearby at 12825 W. Sunset Highway since 1993.

Yokes also operates stores in Sandpoint and Kellogg, in North Idaho, and at 4507 W. Wellesley in Spokane. The company employs more than 800 people in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

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