Issaquah Trader Joe’s halts liquor sales
December 11, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Trader Joe’s suddenly pulled spirits from store shelves not long after reopening at the Issaquah Commons last month.
The store at the open-air retail center meets the threshold — 10,000 square feet — to sell liquor under state law. Customers said store employees referred to a problem with the lease as the reason liquor disappeared from store shelves.
Trader Joe’s and the property owner offered few details about the change.
“At this time, we don’t have plans to offer spirits at the Issaquah location,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki wrote in response to emailed questions.
The leasing representative for the Issaquah Commons did not respond to a request for comment.
Madison Marquette, a national retail developer based in Washington, D.C., operates the Issaquah Commons.
Trader Joe’s — based in Monrovia, Calif. — closed a Pickering Place location and reopened Nov. 14 at the Issaquah Commons in a space large enough for the California-based grocer to offer spirits under the state’s revised liquor laws. The store still sells beer and wine.
The grocer relocated to 975 N.W. Gilman Blvd. from a smaller space, and renovated 11,000 square feet at the Issaquah Commons for the store.