Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig Tuesday at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Backhoes from Santana Trucking & Excavating dig Tuesday at the southeast corner of the intersection of Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast, as construction starts on the Issaquah Highlands retail center. By Greg Farrar

Ethan Trenary (left), 5, and René Ancinas, president and CEO of Port Blakely Companies, turn over dirt Tuesday at the retail center groundbreaking ceremony, as highlands resident Doren Spinner lends an umbrella. By Greg Farrar