Furniture store relocates, new businesses open
May 11, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
Leathers Home Furnishings & Accessories, the longtime Northwest Gilman Boulevard furniture store, will soon relocate to the former Linens-N-Things storefront in Pickering Place.
Owner Mitch Setlow said he plans to open the new Leathers by May 15 and, for the next several weeks, run a closeout sale from both the Pickering Place and Gilman Square locations. Setlow plans to close the original Leathers in June.
“We’re not going, we’re growing,” he said.
The store will depart the 8,000-square-foot Gilman Square location after 14 years for the 37,500-square-foot Linens-N-Things space. Linens-N-Things closed after liquidators shut down the bankrupt chain in late 2008.
Leathers, as the name implies, offers high-end leather furniture. Setlow said the store also plans to offer mattresses and bedroom furniture, dining room pieces and additional accessories in the larger space.
The store planted a red-and-black balloon on the store roof to announce the closure. Expect to see the balloon on the roof at Pickering Place, too, as the relocated Leathers welcomes shoppers.
Besides a larger store and expanded offerings, Setlow said he hopes Leathers will draw shoppers from people bound for high-traffic Pickering Place spots, like the Regal Issaquah 9 Theatre and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
The existing location made Leathers difficult to see from bustling Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The store also sustained damage during the major 1996 and 2009 floods. Nearby Issaquah Creek spilled into Leathers and other Gilman Square businesses last January.
The relocation announcement precedes other coming shifts in local retail offerings.
Sports Authority opened last week in the old Joe’s space in the Town & Country Shopping Center on Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Best Buy will fill the former Pacific Fabrics space on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Local entrepreneurs plan to open storefronts in downtown Issaquah as well.
“Filling any of our big box stores is a good way to get the economy moving again,” city Economic Development Manager Dan Trimble said.
The city relies on sales tax revenue — as well as building permits — as a key source of funding for municipal programs and services.
Amante Pizza & Pasta will soon depart from a space near Gilman Square, too. The restaurant will open in a renovated downtown storefront within the next several weeks.
Trimble said the vacancies could provide other businesses with opportunities to expand or relocate.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.