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Visions for Vacancies: Former GameStop Site in Sammamish

GameStop recently vacated a highly visible storefront in the Saffron Center, so we ask you, what would you like to see move in there?

The Saffron Center's corner retail space, highly visible at the busy Inglewood Hill Road and 228th Ave NE intersection, is for lease.

Though it hasn't been long since of the 2,450-square-foot retail space, commercial real estate is at a premium in Sammamish so we wonder what type of business might fill a real Plateau need by taking up residence there.

The Saffron Center is home to a number of businesses, including the popular , and , among others. The space is being marketed by Investco Management Services, with negotiable terms.

So, we ask you, Patch users:

What kind of business or community space would work well in the former GameStop?

Val Serdy July 11, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I was so disappointed to learn GameStop closed. It seemed like such a natural fit with all the kids on the plateau. I think we still need something kid friendly in that spot: a place kids can both work AND hang out. It's a relatively small space so it couldn't be a bowling alley. We certainly don't need another coffee shop (or do we?). I'm pretty sure Saffron one housed a boutique clothing store that didn't succeed. Another store? A consignment store for teens (like Plato's Closet)? An independent bookstore? A role playing game store like Games and Gizmos in Redmond? Just brainstorming out loud here.
Dawn Sanders July 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Remember when Tully's had that wonderful coffee shop at that location? I would love to see a "good" coffee shop with fresh baked scones and healthy sandwiches and soup at lunchtime. Being able to relax somewhere with a glass a wine in the afternoons wouldn't be bad either. They could partner with Moore Brothers and have some nice music in the afternoon.
Val Serdy July 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Pallino's and Acapulco Fresh both failed in the spot where Sammamish Cafe is now. I don't even remember Tully's being in that spot for all that long. It's a difficult location: it has to be something "common" enough that most of the 30,000 or so residents of Sammamish will be willing to go because it's unlikely to draw people in from Redmond or Issaquah.
Jeanne Gustafson July 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I like the idea of something that could partner with Moore Brothers. Also like Val's idea of something teen-centric, with the location so close to EX3.
Madeline Wall July 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'd love to see a new/used bookstore along the lines of Third Place Books. I like the idea of partnering with the music store - maybe some space for small performances the public could enjoy.
Christie Malchow July 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Panera or something would be nice. I agree with Val, it needs to be something "common". I'd go to a Panera once a week if it were there!
Jeanne Gustafson July 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
You're coming up with great ideas, keep 'em coming and maybe a local business person will be inspired.
Val Serdy July 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Considering the size of the Panera in Redmond, I'm not sure that space is big enough! A Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop? Another Cafe Lladro? Love the idea of an independent bookstore/cafe. What about an art studio like Paint Away in Redmond?
TeresaA December 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
A craft store ;-).

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