Large Builders Supply & Home Center coming to Airway Heights

<p><p>The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has leased land to a hardware store owner who is planning to bring a large Builders Supply &amp; Home Center to Airway Heights.</p></p><p><p>The Kalispel Tribe leased a more than 8-acre site to Aman Sood, who will build and operate the proposed 40,000-square-foot hardware and construction supply store north of the Kalispel Market and Chevron Fuel Station on U.S. Highway 2.</p></p><p><p>Sood owns the Colville Builders Shopping Center in Colville and Kettle Falls True Value in Kettle Falls, Washington.</p></p><p><p>“I 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 best out of it.”</p></p><p><p>The project’s estimated cost is more than $6 million, Sood said.</p></p><p><p>Sood plans to offer a wide range of products at the hardware store, including paint, cabinets, insulation, roofing, flooring, windows, and electrical and plumbing supplies.</p></p><p><p>The store will feature a drive-thru lumber yard as well as an expanded fencing and ranch selection with metal and pole building kits, and lawn, garden and pet supplies.</p></p><p><p>“It caters to both homeowners and professionals for all of their building material needs,” said Sood, adding the store will have a separate retail area dedicated to contractors.</p></p><p><p>The store will employ 65-70 people, Sood said.</p></p><p><p>Builders Supply &amp; Home Center will be the cornerstone of the Kalispel Tribe’s planned commercial shopping area, which is estimated to span more than 40 acres about a half-mile south of Northern Quest Resort &amp; Casino, according to a Kalispel Tribe news release.</p></p><p><p>“This is an exciting new addition for the West Plains,” Kalispel Tribal Chairman Glen Nenema said in a statement. “As one of the fastest growing areas in the state, having a large hardware and building supply presence nearby will be tremendously helpful for the surrounding community.”</p></p><p><p>Sood, along with Shaun Meeds, a commercial real estate broker with 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.</p></p><p><p>“In our master plan for Airway Heights, we have a commercial district along Highway 2 we are looking to build out … We showed (Sood and Meeds) our master plan and they really liked what they saw. Our goal is to not stop there, but continue to expand along Highway 2.”</p></p><p><p>The Kalispel Tribe envisions adding more than 200,000 square feet of retail development in the area south of Northern Quest in the coming years, Haugen said.</p></p><p><p>In addition to commercial retail, the Kalispel Tribe is looking to develop multifamily and single-family housing on the site, Haugen said.</p></p><p><p>“Our goal is to have 1,000 units on our property in the next five to 10 years,” Haugen said. “We definitely have a lot of interest from groups approaching us about more multifamily development.”</p></p><p><p>Construction on the hardware store is slated for completion by the end of 2022, Sood said.</p></p><p><p>Sood is planning to expand Builders Supply &amp; Home Center to cover the entire 8-acre site in Airway Heights within the next couple of years.</p></p><p><p>Sood said he also wants to open additional locations in the state.</p></p><p><p>“We are rapidly growing and looking forward to our partnership with the Kalispel Tribe,” Sood said.</p></p>