Celebrate Grand Ridge Plaza opening with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and Sea Gals in Issaquah Highlands this weekend

November 16, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013

See Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals during grand opening events of Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands today.

The schedule for today is:

11 a.m. — Seattle Sea Gals, the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, host an autograph signing.

Noon — Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line will perform as Blitz, the team’s official mascot, greets families.

1-3 p.m. — Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who played his entire 11-season career with the Seahawks, will be on site to meet fans and sign autographs. Free color photos will be given to the first 300 fans.

A drawing to award a signed NFL football from the Seattle Seahawks will also be held.

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. (www.profootballhof.com)

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Meet him Nov. 16 in the Issaquah Highlands. (www.profootballhof.com)

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Microsoft sells Highlands property

October 22, 2013

Microsoft, which once envisioned a major campus in the Issaquah Highlands, has sold the 63-acre tract to a local developer for a mixed-use project.

Microsoft representatives signed paperwork Oct. 18 to sell the land to a company apparently affiliated with Bellevue-based homebuilder Polygon Northwest.

“We no longer had requirements for office developments in Issaquah,” Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said.

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Zombies to invade Highlands Green Halloween Festival

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands Council presents the 13th annual Green Halloween Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the new Grand Ridge Plaza.

There will be carnival rides, games, pony rides, inflatables, food, music, giveaways and laser tag.

A flash mob performance of “Thrill the World” at noon and again at 4 p.m. Zombies will then hop a trolley to downtown Issaquah and join the performance there at 5 p.m.

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Former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez to headline DICK’s Sporting Goods grand opening in the Issaquah Highlands

October 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2013

DICK’s Sporting Goods is hosting a three-day grand opening weekend, beginning Friday at the retailer’s new location at Grand Ridge Plaza, 1422 10th Way N.E. in the Issaquah Highlands, and continuing through the 13th.

Former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez will make an appearance in the store from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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MOD Pizza opening in Issaquah Highlands Sunday

October 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 5, 2013

MOD Pizza will open a location in the Issaquah Highlands tomorrow at 1568 Highlands Drive N.E., Suite 130.

This will be the 11th MOD Pizza location in Washington state.

The store will open at 11 a.m., and the first 52 people in line will receive a free pizza. There will be a retro photo booth in the store all day, and names will  be collected for a grand-prize drawing of pizza for a year. Names will be collected all weekend and a winner will be notified Oct. 7.

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Off The Press

October 1, 2013

Grand Ridge Plaza is on the grow

Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands is growing, and growing and growing after years of stops and starts, and false starts and stops.

If you watched it grow in the past months, you could hardly believe all the workers could get done in a short period. You’d go up there on a Monday and there would be a wooden shell of a building, and then go back on Thursday and it would be nearly done. It was a sight to behold.

If you haven’t been there in a while, you are in for a shock on your next visit. It’s like a huge outdoor mall has sprouted and spread. I don’t know if it’s what the highlands residents bargained for or wanted, but it’s shiny and new, and pretty awesome in my opinion.

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RAM Restaurant & Brewery opens Sept. 30

September 24, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands’ RAM Restaurant & Brewery will open its doors to customers Sept. 30.

Known for legendary hand-crafted burgers and award-winning craft beers, the newest restaurant is at 965 N.E. Park Drive.

The company’s 11th Puget Sound location will span more than 6,500 square feet, and accommodate seating for 260 diners.

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BevMo! opens Issaquah Highlands store Sept. 27

September 24, 2013

BevMo!, a specialty beverage retailer, will open its Issaquah Highlands store Sept. 27.

The first 500 people lined up prior to the store’s 9 a.m. opening will receive a gift bag filled with store products worth $50.

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Swedish development agreement revised

September 24, 2013

Economic Development Director Keith Niven presented a revised Swedish Hospital development agreement to the City Council Land & Shore Committee Sept. 10.

Over the past six months, the city has worked with the hospital on an agreement for Swedish to expand into the 10 acres north of its existing location. Specifically, Swedish wishes to include a number of medical-related service providers, such as physical therapists and additional staff offices within the proposed development. In the draft agreement, the hospital also included a number of sky bridges it would build, connecting the buildings.

Because the Issaquah Highlands’ development agreement expires in 2017, it may not be enough time for Swedish to build the project. The city has moved quickly to come up with a new contract.

Niven said that the council hoped to approve the agreement by the end of October. The revised agreement can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1gTCE4F.

 

 

Grand Ridge Plaza brings jobs to city

September 24, 2013

As Grand Ridge Plaza construction begins to open new stores, many jobs have become available. Stores are advertising for positions, leading to a prospective growth of jobs in Issaquah.

Though it could not give exact numbers, the city’s Economic Development Department said that an estimated 300 to 400 new jobs were expected to be created from Grand Ridge Plaza. It did not have information on how many would be part-time or full-time employees.

 

 

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