Pet store to move

January 8, 2013

By Administrator

New: Jan. 8, 1:53 p.m.

Local pet store Civilized Nature will be moving to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands this summer.

Owner D’Arcy Dent said the store is planning to move by August.

The store has been looking for a new space following news that PetCo would be moving close to its current location in the Sammamish Highlands shopping center.

Though she said she offers high-end brands of pet food that PetCo doesn’t, Dent said she felt it would be impossible to compete with a larger company like PetCo.

“They can sell stuff for less than I can buy it for,” she said. “It’s hard to compete with something like that.”

Though the new location is also owned by Regency Centers, the same commercial landlord that runs the Sammamish Highlands shopping center, she said the company was helpful in finding her a new location and letting her move in the middle of a lease.

Dent said she’d like to see the city be more proactive in getting more retail space available in Sammamish.

The city is commissioning an economic development plan in 2013.

“To lose all the small businesses up here would be disappointing,” Dent said.

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6 Responses to “Pet store to move”

  1. John Galvin, Ph.D. on January 9th, 2013 10:47 am

    In 2008, members of the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey of Chamber members and local businesses. Their report to the City Council stated that Sammamish desperately needed additional commercial space within the next two years. In response, the City Council and City Staff did nothing.

    At the same time, the City Council, Planning Commission and City Staff were completing work on a Town Center Plan. Landowners in the town center who had been prohibited form participation in the Town Center Committee that proposed all of the what, where, and how of the Town Center Plan, told the City Council the Town Center Plan was seriously flawed and would not work. The City Council elected to ignore this feedback, voted to accept the Town Center Plan, and “kick the can down the street,” If after three or four years, it doesn’t work, we can review it, they said. Instead of “let them eat cake,” City leaders said “let them drive.”

    Well, it looks as if it is too late. We are seeing a collapse of local businesses as they find it impossible to operate in Sammamish. The Walmartization of our limited commercial properties is forcing local business out of business. They are moving out and providing quality “small town” services to Issaquah and Redmond. Sammamish is left with “strip mall” fast food and chain stores. Ace Hardware, another victim of City Council bad planning and do nothing attitude, is on life support. The plan to relocate Ace in the Town Center hit a wall of dysfunctional regulations and disproportional, exploitive fees. If you check out the latest results of the December 8 City Council meeting, Ace Hardware’s most recent plan to locate land for the store outside the town center is in critical condition and on life support . City staff are ready to pull the plug.

    How Forbes magazine, a business magazine, judged Sammamish the friendliest city in the US I will never know. Sammamish is certainly not friendly to small business owners and the many loyal customers who enjoy their personalized, small town services.

  2. Jon Anderson on January 14th, 2013 2:34 pm

    Please join me in the complete boycott of the new PetCo store in Sammamish.

    PetCo is an example of corporate greed – they already are getting Sammamish $$$ from their Redmond and Issaquah locations. But they want to corner ALL the Sammamish pet market, at the expense of small businesses that we REALLY need in Sammamish.

    If you really need to visit the store, visit one in Issaquah or Redmond, or some other pet store. If the Sammamish location fails, they will move out and free up space for businesses we really need.

    Don’t be a helpless victim of corporate greed.

    Boycott the Sammamish PetCo.

  3. Valerie Spiegler on January 15th, 2013 9:25 am

    Regency Properties forced Tim Koch, owner of Ace Hardware, out of Sammamish Highlands. D’Arcy Dent is just another loss for Sammamish, created by Regency.

    Regency is not a shining example of good management tactics, (if my memory serves me right, they put the City “to the wall” when it was renting temporary space for City Hall). However, the fight is not with them. The relevant fight is with the City of Sammamish, which does nothing to curb the loss of small businesses, or encourage new commercial space in a town center that can never be realized due to the inherent flaws of the existing town center plan.

    Tim Koch approached the City of Sammamish more than a year ago in an effort to find commercial space to relocate. First he attempted to relocate to the SE quadrant of the fictitious town center. This effort met with impossible to accept regulations and fees (as John Galvin said above). This was simply an avoidance tactic employed by the City in order to avoid amending their absurd plan so that it might actually work! It also cost Tim valuable time in looking for alternative space. He must break ground by this March. Tim did keep searching and found space outside of the town center sub-area. The City dithered again in considering the new proposal he brought forward but finally appeared to be on track to actually approve it. This rosy picture came to a hazy memory when, only recently, an administrative official decided to put on the brakes.

    The Council meets this evening and in all likelihood, will ring the bell signaling the death of any land deal agreement with Tim Koch, the unlucky owner of Ace Hardware.

    But, heh, all the residents of Sammamish and particularly the neglected and forsaken owners in the town center area should not despair. After G–d knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars spent, 12+ years gone by, a town center plan in place (however flawed), re-zoning from residential to multi-use completed, THE CITY IS AGAIN SPENDING MONEY FOR CONSULTANTS TO PROVIDE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN! So, everyone must be patient. The world is not ending any time soon, so what do we all have but time to wait……………………………

    I just wonder where the City will find money for new studies when it is turning over $25 million to the YMCA. By the way, the City can “fast-track” a project when it wants to. All one must do is look at the speed with which the community center deal was decided even though almost 50% of the residents opposed it.

    The tired old maxim, “you can’t fight City Hall”, is now a very ugly reality.

  4. Pet store to move | ads-4-free on January 16th, 2013 2:38 am

    […] Pet store to move Local pet store Civilized Nature will be moving to Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands this summer. Owner D'Arcy Dent said the store is planning to move by August. The store has been looking for a new space following news that PetCo would be … Read more on Sammamish Review […]

  5. Llib Setag on March 15th, 2013 3:52 am

    New PETCO in Sammamish Highlands Center designed by JJW Architects & Planners, Jeff Wasserman Architect from Sammamish WA just a few blocks from SH Center. His business is in Georgetown / SODO District in Seattle.
    He is also on the City of Sammamish Planning Departments Design Review Board which approves acceptable design guidelines for proposed projects like his Petco project.

  6. Llib Setag on March 15th, 2013 6:18 pm


    Sammamish City Council poised to appoint advisory boards
    January 20, 2013
    By Caleb Heeringa
    New: Jan. 20, 2:16 p.m.
    Three people have applied to have a say in some of the looming land use issues facing Sammamish in the coming year.
    The Sammamish City Council interviewed applicants for its advisory boards at a Jan. 15 study session. The citizen boards give policy suggestions to the city council. The city has two openings on the Planning Commission, with commissioners Kathy Richardson and Jeff Wasserman leaving.

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