Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls to open in Issaquah Highlands
October 16, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Retail offerings in the Issaquah Highlands should include a mix of local and national companies, developers behind the neighborhood’s $70 million Grand Ridge Plaza retail complex announced Oct. 10.
The latest announcement adds Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods to the retail center alongside a 12-screen Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station. City officials announced plans for RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill and ULTA Beauty a week earlier.
The highlands lineup includes homegrown businesses Zumiez, a specialty sports equipment and clothing company based in Lynnwood, and another location for Seattle-based Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill.
The project developer, Regency Centers, and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities executives unveiled the expanded list during a standing-room-only community meeting at Blakely Hall.
The tenant announcement came as construction speeds along on the Regal Cinemas and associated parking structure near Northeast High Street and Highlands Drive Northeast. Construction started in June after more than a decade of delays and scrapped plans.
Grand Ridge Plaza encompasses 10 blocks and 15 buildings spread across 280,113 square feet. The project is the largest commercial venture in the neighborhood since Swedish/Issaquah opened last year.
The initial offerings — Real Cinemas, Big Fish Grill and RAM Restaurant & Brewery — should open at about the same time next spring. Construction is poised to start on Safeway early next year.
The highlands residents on the City Council, Stacy Goodman and Mark Mullet, said the reaction from neighborhood residents seemed positive.
“This is why people moved to this neighborhood — to have the retail,” Mullet said. “There are very few neighborhoods where you can walk to a 12-screen movie theater from your house. That’s unusual in the suburbs. That differentiates this neighborhood from all of the other suburban neighborhoods on the Eastside.”
Goodman said the pace of construction offered residents a glimpse at the planned amenities.
“I think everyone up there is excited to have the stores open, and there are going to be a lot of fun, new places to shop and eat,” she said. “I envision it being a really lively place.”
“I can tell you that my husband is super-excited about the RAM,” she added.
Mullet owns a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop across the cinema construction site and a Zeeks Pizza about a mile east in the neighborhood.
“I’ve always said it’s nice to take local, established brands and bring them to Issaquah,” he said. “I think the consumers out here, they like going to local brands better than national brands.”