Northern Quest announces major expansion plans

Northern Quest announces major expansion plans

Changes are coming to Northern Quest Resort and Casino: more jobs, more space, and more fun for your family.

Kalispel Tribe announced it will soon break ground on a $20 million expansion at Northern Quest.

They’ll be building an RV resort and expanding the south end of the casino.

Seventeen years ago, the Kalispel Tribe had big dreams for Northern Quest.

“It’s been such a great experience and been such a ride,” said Phil Haugen, Chief Operating Officer of the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority. “When we started seventeen years ago almost in that little building in 50,000 square feet, we thought it was huge we thought it was massive, we didn’t know it would grow like this.”

Since then, the Tribe’s presence in Airway Heights has continued to grow.

“We’re trying to find ways to start new businesses, and we’re trying to find ways to utilize the land base we have out here for economic development and growth,” said General Manager of Kalispel Development Company Brandon Haugen.

Now, Northern Quest will add $20 million worth of expansions.

“We want to continue to look at bringing outside dollars into this community, which creates jobs and helps stimulate the economy,” Haugen said.

The expansion will add 40,000 square feet to the south side of the casino. That area will include a family friendly attraction called Cyber Quest and Kids Quest.

“You’ll be able to come in, let your kids play for a couple hours, go have a good time at the resort, and most importantly the kids will love it,” Haugen said. “Kids are absolutely enthralled with Kids Quest Cyber Quest.”

The expansion will also include “Windfall”, a new retail store that will feature outdoor goods, home goods, and jewelry.

Northern Quest will spend about $7.5 million building the RV resort.

“Some of those visitors historically have just bypassed our community because there may have been a lack of opportunities for them to stay or a place that has the amenities they’re looking for,” Haugen said.

Northern Quest says it will include site hookups, cottages to rent, a pool, sports court, dog park, conference space, exercise room, and laundry facilities.

The expansion project is getting the stamp of approval from the City of Airway Heights.

“As you can imagine, this is going to help attract other businesses, other customers and enterprises to the West Plains,” said City Manager Albert Tripp.

Northern Quest will break ground on the project at the end of the year.

And Northern Quest isn’t the only casino expanding in the area.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians recently broke ground on its Spokane Tribe Economic Project’s new casino on the West Plains.

The Spokane Tribe says The STEP development will be built in phases and include casino, retail, and commercial development, a resort hotel, a tribal cultural center and more.

The Spokane Tribe says the project will bring more than 5,000 jobs to the region.