Ace Hardware may move to new location
March 7, 2012
By Caleb Heeringa
Sammamish Ace Hardware’s prospects for staying in town are looking up.
Owner Tim Koch confirmed March 2 that he has signed a contract for a spot for the hardware store in a proposed commercial development near the corner of Southeast Fourth Street and 228th Avenue. He declined to comment on the specific location or when the new store may be opened.
Sammamish Community Development Director Kamuron Gurol said the city has had informal meetings with Koch and others involved in the project, but has yet to receive any formal applications for the development. He said the group is looking at several different properties in the area.
Koch also declined to comment on his efforts to secure a lease extension for Ace Hardware’s current location in the Sammamish Highlands shopping center, where the store has been located for nearly 20 years.
Regency Centers, which owns the shopping center, informed Koch late last year that it would not be renewing the store’s lease after September. Regency officials did not return calls seeking comment.