Trader Joe's Slated for Sammamish Ace Hardware Location

The Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center owner has submitted an application for tenant improvements to the space currently occupied by Ace.

The cat is out of the bag, Trader Joe's is coming to Sammamish.

Though Regency Centers has not officially announced the new tenant slated for Ace Hardware's 11,000 square foot space at its Sammamish Highlands shopping center, the company has submitted an application for tenant improvements for the specialty grocery store, city permit staff said.

Ace had secured an extension to its lease following last year's announcement that it would be moving from the center, but the extension expires in August, making way for a new Trader Joe's location in Sammamish.

Recently, the land-swap proposal that Ace owner Tim Koch had referred to as the last best chance to relocate Ace in Sammamish was denied by the city of Sammamish.

Koch recently wrote a letter to customers, asking for help to keep Ace on the Plateau:

Dear Ace Customers,

I regret to inform you all that the city voted down our proposal. As of right now we will be closing our doors August of this year. If anyone has information about space on the plateau please contact me via email or call 425-868-2203. I would love to keep Ace alive on the plateau!

I sincerely appreciate all of your support and patronage throughout the years. Thank you so much!


Tim Koch and the Sammamish Ace Team

Without Ace, the nearest general hardware stores for Sammamish residents are in Redmond or Issaquah.

Ace branded stores are part of a 4,400-store network originated in Chicago in the 1920's, but each store is individually owned. 

Ace occupies an 11,548 square-foot anchor location in the Sammmamish Highlands Center. Regency also manages Inglewood Plaza and Pine Lake Plaza, which have a combined 120,000 square feet of space and are both fully leased.


Despite mixed emotions, do you like the idea of gaining a Trader Joe's in Sammamish? Tell us in the comments.


Previous coverage of Sammamish Ace Hardware

Sammamish Council Rejects Ace Hardware Site

Sammamish Ace Hardware Owner Continues Uphill Climb

Here lies Ace Hardware

Council Hears Two Hours of Comment on Sammamish Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware Owner Asks Sammamish to Represent at Council Meeting

Robert Gordhamer February 09, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Both Kendall and Jeanne are missing the point and you don't understand what a company does when they look at new locations. You have to have the right population base i.e. income, then you look at the traffic patterns. I can understand why TJ might not want to locate in M.I. bad traffic and you would only sell to the population of M.I. and maybe that does not meet the number required for operating a store of this size and price range. Not every city is equal.
Mona February 19, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Looking forward to TJ. Wish Ace could have stayed too. But fine with it as Opening of TJ will save me biweekly trip to the next nearest TJ. I can handle Ace being a bit far as i go once in 15 days. there's a great Ace in bridle trails and wouldn't mind going to Ace there until a new location iis found for the Ace here. Will definitely miss Ace though.
Llib Setag March 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Glad that MOD pizza went into Sammamish Highlands Center as they a local business too.
Robert Gordhamer March 15, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Do you know how to say conflict of interest. If I was Jeff I would not want this out in the public.
Llib Setag July 23, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Off topic | The architectural remodel of this center is looking very nice & was definitely needed! This is more of a Sammamish Highlands looking center now.


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