The Kalispel Indian Tribe has leased land from a hardware store owner who plans to set up a large builders’ supply and welcome center in Airway Heights.
The Kalispel Tribe has leased a site of over 8 acres from Aman Sood, who will construct and operate the proposed 40,000 square foot construction equipment and supply store north of Kalispel Market and the Chevron Fuel Station on the US Highway 2.
Sood owns Colville Builders Mall in Colville and Kettle Falls True Value in Kettle Falls, Wash.
“I’ve always wanted to start a business in Airway Heights… it’s a growing area and Airway Heights needs a good hardware store for building materials and supplies,” Sood said. “I saw an opportunity and wanted to make the most of it.”
The estimated cost of the project is over $ 6 million, Sood said.
Sood plans to offer a wide range of products to the hardware store, including paint, cabinetry, insulation, roofing, flooring, windows, and electrical and plumbing supplies.
The store will feature a drive-through lumber yard as well as an expanded selection of fences and ranches with metal and post building kits, as well as lawn, garden and pet supplies.
“It caters to both homeowners and professionals for all of their building material needs,” Sood said, adding that the store will have a separate retail area dedicated to contractors.
The store will employ 65 to 70 people, Sood said.
Builders Supply & Home Center will be the cornerstone of the Kalispel Tribe’s planned commercial area, which is expected to span over 40 acres approximately half a mile south of Northern Quest Resort & Casino, according to a tribe press release. Kalispel.
“This is an exciting new addition for the West Plains,” Kalispel Tribe Chairman Glen Nenema said in a statement. “As one of the fastest growing areas in the state, having a large presence of construction equipment and materials nearby will be extremely helpful to the surrounding community. “
Sood and Shaun Meeds, a commercial real estate broker from Spokane-based Anzac Properties, approached the Kalispel tribe last year with a proposal to lease land for the hardware store, said Brandon Haugen, executive director of real estate for Kalispel Development.
“In our master plan for Airway Heights, we have a shopping district along Highway 2 that we’re looking to build… We showed (Sood and Meeds) our master plan and they really liked what they saw. Our goal is not to stop there, but to continue to expand along Highway 2. ”
The Kalispel Tribe plans to add more than 200,000 square feet of commercial development in the area south of Northern Quest in the coming years, Haugen said.
In addition to retail, the Kalispel tribe is looking to develop multi-family and single-family housing on the site, Haugen said.
“Our goal is to have 1,000 units on our property over the next five to ten years,” Haugen said. “We certainly have a lot of interest from the groups who contact us for more multi-family development. “
Construction on the hardware store is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, Sood said.
Sood plans to expand Builders Supply & Home Center to cover the entire 8-acre site at Airway Heights over the next two years.
Sood said he wanted to open additional locations in the state as well.
“We are growing rapidly and look forward to our partnership with the Kalispel Tribe,” Sood said.