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By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Northern Quest unveils $20 million expansion


August 10, 2017

Northern Quest Resort and Casino

An artist's rendering of the proposed Movie & Dinner complex at Northern Quest Resort and Casino is shown above.

On Aug. 1, Northern Quest Resort and Casino announced details for their expansion that is starting this fall.

The $20 million, 40,000 square-foot addition includes additions to the food court, Cyber Quest, a day care/entertainment center, a family-friendly arcade, high-end RV resort, Kids Quest, a movie and dinner theater, a multi-family apartment community a retail store named Windfall.

"We wanted to continue to draw the entertainment and enhance the experience," Brandon Haugen, general manager of Kalispel Development said. "We want it to be a destination for all ages and to be more family-friendly."

One of the groundbreaking features arriving soon is a 25,000 square foot movie theater called M&D, short for movie and dinner. The theater will feature six boutique screening room auditoriums and a Brut-Gourmet-style restaurant. It will be located across the street from the EPIC entrance to the casino.

Guests will be able to enjoy a movie in recliner seats and have the option to order dinner, drinks and snacks that will be delivered straight to them. The food offered will be barbeque, pizza and sandwiches along with the traditional concession fare of candy, popcorn and soft drinks.

M&D will also provide a restaurant without having to see a movie which includes a bar and lounge that seat 130 people. The lounge will have the same recliners as the ones in the movie theater.

"The theater is a revolutionary concept," Haugen said. "With it being focused on eating and drinking, it is a different theater to market."

The movie theater plans on hiring 50 to 75 employees. The parent company of M&D is CineGenesis and has designed different movie-going experiences for more than four decades.

Next up on the list is the multi-family apartment community that does not have an official name yet. TWG Development, based out of Indianapolis, Ind. will be a part of the new 216-unit community with construction starting this fall and apartments opening next spring. TWG plans to employ five full-time and part-time employees.

The development will be located on 10.4 acres just off of Hayford Road and Sprague Avenue in Airway Heights. The apartment community will be pet-friendly and will include luxury floor tiles, a private patio, spa-inspired bathrooms and stainless steel appliances. The amenities to the apartments include a basketball court, a clubhouse, a dog park an outdoor pool and a sand volleyball court.

"We are adding more housing opportunities for Airway Heights and the West Plains because it is needed and if we keep creating jobs, we need to have more housing," Haugen said.

These additions to the casino come after the announcement in February about adding an RV Park, Cyber and Kids Quest and a new retail store Windfall.

Northern Quest will also have a facelift on the outside as they are creating a main street to the resort and are creating a space for guests to mingle outdoors.

"I am excited and looking forward to the expansion and opportunities," Haugen added.

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