Value Village will move into former Albertson’s space
December 3, 2013
By Jim Clark-www.issaquah360.com
Value Village has signed a lease and submitted drawings for a store-remodeling permit to occupy the former Albertson’s store.
The store, at Southeast 56th Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway, will be 28,127 square feet on the ground floor of the building and 1,711 on a mezzanine level. Another 21,466 square feet will remain vacant, and is labeled in the drawings as a second suite.
City Associate Planner Jason Rogers confirmed Value Village is moving into the space.
“I would assume it’s correct,” he said. “We just received a building permit application from them last week.”
Rogers referred to it as a “cut and dry” permit that does not alter the building dramatically.
“They are not proposing too many changes,” he said. “It’s pretty straightforward.”
The drawings show a large retail facility with separate departments for books, housewares, bed and bath, women, furniture, shows, men and kids.
Rogers said since the site is in central Issaquah, the city would not hold public hearings about the development. As part of last year’s council-approved Central Issaquah Plan, the public process was removed for simpler projects to increase efficiency.
“It was one of the things the City Council removed to speed up the process for projects like this,” Rogers said. “This is to get people in and building as soon as possible. It’s not a secret. If people want to see it, it’ll be on our active projects list.”
The list is available at issaquahwa.gov/activeprojects.
Rogers had no exact timeline for Value Village’s move, but said he expected construction to begin around February.
For more than five years, the former Albertson’s store has sat vacant except for a couple of short-term Halloween store leases.
Value Village Centers are thrift stores that “make it easy to find bargains on every aisle” and their “stores are filled with current looks, authentic vintage finds, housewares, collectibles, furniture and unexpected treasures at every turn,” according to the company’s website.
Value Village develops alliances with nonprofits that obtain goods by donation and sell the goods to Value Village for cash (usually by the pound). Value Village Center then sells the goods in their store.
Unsold inventory is recycled or sent to developing countries rather than landfills.