Pet store to move
January 8, 2013
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.