Charlie’s Produce is building a new factory in the West Plains

Oct. 30 – Seattle-based Charlie’s Produce plans to build a new plant in the West Plains.

Alex Plummer, executive vice president of Charlie’s Produce LLC, filed for a building permit with Spokane County to build a 72,000 square foot cold room warehouse and 12,000 square foot office at 6505 W. 40th Ave.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin in November and be completed in October 2023, according to an environmental review submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

About 120 to 150 employees will work at the facility when complete, according to the environmental review.

The value of the permit is $16.9 million, depending on the application.

Plummer declined to comment on the draft.

Triple B Ventures LLC, whose directors are Charlie’s Produce co-founder Charles Billow and the company’s chief financial officer Dwayne Wilson, bought the vacant 7-acre site for more than $1.3 million in February , according to records from the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.

Spokane-based Fisher Construction Group is the contractor for the project, according to the permit application.

According to the company’s website, Billow, Terry Bagley and Ray Bowen founded Charlie’s Produce in 1978 with a vision to “raise the bar” when it comes to quality, inventory and the logistics of transporting produce from the farm to the market.

Charlie’s Produce supplies restaurants, grocery stores and wholesalers with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. The company also offers a line of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads, in addition to offering snack trays, salsas and ready-to-cook vegetable kits.

Charlie’s Produce Spokane opened in 1997 at 3530 E. Ferry Ave. It serves northern Idaho, eastern Washington, Montana and northeastern Oregon. The company also operates distribution centers in Seattle, Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska.

The former school district facility will be a timber truss factory

A Dallas-based supplier of structural building products is converting the former Central Valley School District operations center into a wood truss factory.

Builders FirstSource Inc. filed a pre-development application with the City of Spokane Valley earlier this month to change the use of the facility at 19307 E. Cataldo Ave.

Builders FirstSource operates a store adjacent to the former Central Valley site at 19207 E. Cataldo Ave. It also has a location at 10310 E. Montgomery Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Records from the Spokane County Assessor’s Office show the Central Valley School District sold the site to Cataldo Valley LLC for $6.1 million in August 2021.

Builders FirstSource, founded in 1998, operates 565 distribution and manufacturing facilities in 42 states. It primarily supplies builders with products for new home construction, repair and renovation, according to the company’s website.

The Central Valley School District Board of Trustees voted in April to move the district’s operations center to the former Hite Crane site at 17515 E. Appleway Ave. The operations center oversees maintenance and transportation.

The REI store in West Central will be renovated

REI’s plans to redevelop its store in the Midwest, according to a building permit application being considered by the City of Spokane.

The permit specifies that REI’s retail area, checkout counters, restrooms and storage area will all undergo renovations. Exterior enhancements include updated ADA parking spaces and accessible ramps at the store, 1125 N. Monroe St.

CallisonRTKL, based in Washington, DC, is the project architect. A contractor has not been determined.

The value of the permit is $589,000, depending on the application.

REI, founded in 1938 and based in Seattle, offers outdoor gear, apparel and footwear. REI opened its Spokane store in 1986. It has 178 locations nationwide.