Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor

February 19, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.

The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.

The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting this summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.

BevMo! — a chain based in Concord, Calif. — intends to expand to Issaquah after opening outposts in Bellevue and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region after the state privatized liquor sales in June 2012.

Seattle-based Starbucks plans to open a standalone store at Northeast Park Drive and Ninth Avenue Northeast, a block south from the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

Other additions to the Grand Ridge Plaza lineup include men’s apparel retailer JoS. A. Bank, GNC, Great Clips and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches.

On the Web

See a map of Grand Ridge Plaza, and planned retail and restaurant locations, at http://bit.ly/XlLiAD.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo plans to open a 2,600-square-foot branch at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Federal Drive by September.

The bank is set to open in the same building as Civilized Nature, a local pet store poised to relocate from a Regency-owned retail center in neighboring Sammamish.

GNC, Starbucks and Wells Fargo also operate locations elsewhere in Issaquah.

Regency announced plans last year for RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Big Fish Grill, Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill, ULTA Beauty and Zumiez, a specialty sports equipment and clothing company.

The total comes to 31 announced tenants, including a planned Safeway gas station and the existing businesses — such as Agave Cocina & Tequilas, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop and Caffe Ladro — on a block adjacent to the construction site but part of Grand Ridge Plaza.

Regency recently advertised 17 Grand Ridge Plaza sites — ranging from 927 square feet to 4,810 square feet — as still available.

Overall, Grand Ridge Plaza encompasses 10 blocks and 15 buildings spread across 280,113 square feet.

Regency and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities broke ground on Grand Ridge Plaza in June 2012 after more than a decade of delays.


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One Response to “Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor”

  1. Local guy on February 25th, 2013 12:02 pm

    Considering they’ll have Safeway as a neighbor, I hope BevMo actually ends up being ALLOWED to sell liquor. That hasn’t worked out so well for the Trader Joe’s down here in the “Issaquah lowlands”, and all the TJ’s people I’ve asked about the problem are pointing their fingers directly at the Safeway store at the other end of the Issaquah Commons properties.

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