A few months ago we told readers that it appeared quite likely a drive-thru Starbucks was coming to Snoqualmie – in the new Snoqualmie Parkway Plaza retail development currently under construction in the Business Park. The development will be anchored by Safeway and Bartell Drugs.
Although it appeared almost certain at that time that a second Starbucks would open in Snoqulamie, no lease had officially been signed. Now it looks official.
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, City of Snoqualmie Community Development Director Mark Hofman confirmed that Starbucks had signed the lease – as has MOD Pizza, which has another location in nearby Issaquah Highlands.. A Snoqualmie Ridge Starbuck’s manager also confirmed the coffee giant’s new drive-thru location, but said there will not be a third Starbucks inside the Safeway.
The 43,000 sq. ft. Safeway (with a fuel station) and 15,000 sq. ft Bartell’s are scheduled to open in summer 2017. Both buildings’ exteriors are currently under construction.
No, the IGA isn’t Leaving
As rumors continue to circulate that the Snoqualmie Ridge IGA will close when Safeway comes to town, IGA Manager Jessica Brookman said that is not the case – the store is looking to change things up, though.
In an email response Brookman stated, “We are definitely NOT going anywhere. We are in the middle of research, surveys, and market studies to evaluate exactly how big of a change we are going to make. There will be changes to our store, but we will remain a grocery store.
Brookman explained that the store had a large response from people wanting to see more natural, local, organic and non-GMO items, along with larger produce, bulk, meat, and deli departments.
IGA management is currently evaluating these changes, and while Brookman said the IGA can’t be PCC, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or Safeway, she said it “can be a unique blend of what we hear the customers asking for.”
City of Snoqualmie retail studies show the population of Snoqualmie can support two grocery stores.