New Grocery Store, Retail Development with Drive-Thrus now Reality for Snoqualmie

Ready for a new grocery store option in the Snoqualmie Valley?  Speculation is now reality, with legalities ironed out that will allow EDG Development to begin construction on the project this spring.

In mid-December, the Snoqualmie City Council approved amendments and a development agreement that will allow a large grocery-store anchored retail development to occupy 7.4 acres (two lots) of the Snoqualmie Ridge Business Park – across from the Snoqualmie Police Station.

Home of future grocery store-anchored retail development at the corner of Douglas Street and Snoqualmie Parkway.

Home of future grocery store-anchored retail development at the corner of Douglas Street and Snoqualmie Parkway.

New Grocery Store Development Begins Construction in 2016

According to Snoqualmie Community Development Director Mark Hofman, those amendments and development agreement are now recorded and in place, allowing Snoqualmie-based EDG Development and owner Thomas Erlandson to purchase the land from Puget Western, Inc. and move forward with the project first proposed to the city in August 2015.

As far as what grocery store will anchor the new development, Hofman said nothing has been confirmed yet, but he guessed the community would know more from the owner by the end of January.

The move to bring a second, larger grocery store and more retail options to Snoqualmie was prompted by past economic studies showing the city suffers from a great deal of retail leakage, with approximately 73% of residents leaving Snoqualmie to shop at stores and businesses in nearby cities like Issaquah and North Bend. More retail options are predicted to keep more tax dollars in Snoqualmie.

The development proposal presented in August calls for a 43,000 sq. ft. grocery store (about twice the size of the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA), drive-thru retail, drive-thru fast food, retail without a drive thru and a gas station associated with the grocery store.

City design standards are expected to bring a higher quality to the development, including the drive-thru components, something some residents expressed concern over – worried that drive-thrus would take away for the small town feel of Snoqualmie.

Hofman told the Snoqulamie Valley Record that the project is intended to meet retail needs of the community, not to be a regional retail center.

Snoqualmie Ridge is estimated to be built out in 2017. City officials say the new population demographics can support additional retail within the community. In 2015 Snoqualmie had about 13,000 residents vs. about 8,400 in 2008.

 

Conceptual Site Plan for Proposed Grocery store anchored retail center at the corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and Douglas Street in Snoqualmie.

Conceptual Site Plan for Proposed Grocery store anchored retail center at the corner of Snoqualmie Parkway and Douglas Street in Snoqualmie.

Comments

  1. “Gas station associated with the grocery store” sure sounds like Safeway — none of the other chains have gas stations, do they? I wonder if the developer is required to do only a grocery’s gas station. Guess we’ll know pretty soon now…..

  2. I don’t think it will be Fred Meyer because the building is too small.
    Likely Safeway but I would prefer QFC

  3. This is great news! I’m so glad we will be able to get what we need here in Snoqualmie soon.

  4. PCC was polling their customers to see where they would like the next store to be and last I heard Snoqualmie was winning. Would be great to have a PCC here!

  5. Joe Sixpack says

    Long overdue. Now Ridge residents won’t have to visit North Bend for groceries. It’s a win for everyone.

  6. Would love to have a big PCC, Whole Paycheck or Metropolitan Market up here…..

  7. PCC would be great.

  8. It’ll likely be a qfc My brother is a manager at one and was informed this past summer they were planning to build on the ridge

  9. Met market is building on 228th and pine lake.

  10. Please no Safeway….their produce is always spoiled. I would still shop in Issy.
    Would love to see a PCC!

  11. i would rather drive to Issaquah to grocery shop /gas up and eat than yo have that blight here

  12. Michelle says

    Looks like they’ve started excavating. Does anyone know what stores/restaurants are going in?

  13. Looks like the ground breaking is moving fast! Has their been ANY word on what grocery store and retail is going in yet?

  14. All I want to see is a Trader Joes out here in the Valley, preferably in North Bend!

  15. I understand we are getting Safeway, Bartells and Starbucks. Any other announcements/final decisions on restaurants or other retail?

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