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.
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.