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.