Trader Joe’s opens Issaquah Commons store

November 15, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 15, 2012

Trader Joe’s opened Wednesday at the Issaquah Commons in a location large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws.

The grocer relocated from a smaller space at Pickering Place, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the just-opened store.

Trader Joe’s carries domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, coffees ground from Arabica bean, frozen entrées, fresh crop nuts, and vitamins and supplements, in addition to basics, such as eggs and milk.

The store meets the threshold — 10,000 square feet — to sell liquor, in addition to beer and wine, under state law.

In addition to the Hawaiian-inspired touches throughout the store, Trader Joe’s features hand-painted murals depicting local landmarks, such as the Hailstone Feed Store and Issaquah Train Depot, natural features, such as Poo Poo Point and Lake Sammamish, and more.

Employees, or crew members in Trader Joe’s parlance, dress in Hawaiian-themed shirts.

The store, 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd., is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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2 Responses to “Trader Joe’s opens Issaquah Commons store”

  1. Elaine on November 19th, 2012 8:52 am

    The New Trader Joes forgot to add parking! The traffic and driving around the parking lot to find a spot is terrible. Unfortunately I’ll not be visiting as much as I used to.

  2. Need more parking on November 19th, 2012 10:47 am

    Happy for the move to a bigger store, but I’ll go less and buy less due to needing to take the bus because there is no parking in that already critically over trafficked block.

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