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.

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2 Responses to “Ace Hardware may move to new location”

  1. Mike Sullivan on March 8th, 2012 1:11 pm

    Sammamish Highlands shopping center is falling apart – in the last 2 years they have lost (or will lose) major tenants in Ace Hardware, Hollywood Video, Golf USA, that cigar shop, and most recently, BECU. The physical condition of the building’s exterior is poor, and the parking lot needs a serious rehabilitiation. What new tenant would ever want to move into that place?

    While I would like to see some competition for Regency Centers, who I think is trying to fleece its tenants if these departures are any indication… why does Sammamish need yet another strip mall? There are plenty of vacant storefronts in the Saffron complex in addition to the numerous vacancies in the various Regency Centers properties. Why can’t the city work with those two companies to get a more friendly leasing environment in place?

  2. Jamie on March 22nd, 2012 8:34 am

    I agree that shopping center needs an update, not to mention the businesses across the street who’s in an all out parking lot war thats been kept under the raidar, there are no places for employees of those businesses to park anymore Tully/Shell has designated 20 or so spots to them and their customers only, the people who work in the doctor/dentist office have no where to park, they are getting notices on there cars daily that they cant park here and they cant park there. The city is growing and businesses are opening and yet theres no accomadation for parking and all the new employees and patrons.

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