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Visions for Vacancies: What Stores or Services Do You Want at Grand Ridge Plaza?

There are a number of big name stores slated now for shopping center that's quickly rising on the Issaquah Highlands. What else would you like to see go in?

Dick's Sporting Goods, Regal Cinemas, Safeway (with a gas island), Ulta Beauty, the Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Chinoise sushi bar and asian cuisine, and Zumiez for the teens.

These are some of the major stores slated for the 326,000-square-foot Grand Ridge Plaza being developed by Regency Centers in the Issaquah Highlands.

But there are still 19 vacant spaces left (shown in orange on the site plan here), ranging from small storefronts of a few hundred square feet, up to larger stores as much as 8,000 square feet.

We ask you, Patch readers: What must-have shopping are you missing that you'd like to see move into the new space?

Perhaps someone will be inspired to set up shop...

Danny Chapman October 27, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Though the concept of small Mom and Pop stores sounds good, it's becoming a thing of the past. High rent, payroll costs, state mandated workers compensation insurance, medical and property insurance - just to name a few, keep most people today from opening any type of successful small store. The profit margin from selling items (any items) to the public (clothes, shoes, gift items, etc.) just isn't there any more. With that said, there is still some profit in service type store fronts. So I would expect to see a few nail salons, a cleaners, a dentist or other type of doctor and perhaps a tax office, like an H&R Block. The thing that concerns me (and should also bother the other residents of the Highlands) is the traffic bottle-neck that all of this retail will seemingly cause. It doesn't seem that this development was planned well for high traffic with only two main entrances to the whole development. Getting down and out in the morning rush hour is bad enough now!
Julian Petersen October 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM
My wife would say Bed, Batch, & Beyond. I'd say Best Buy, but I already spend enough time in the Issaquah one!

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