Trader Joe’s coming to replace Ace Hardware

February 5, 2013

By Caleb Heeringa

New: Feb. 5, 2:27 p.m.

Sammamish may soon have its own Trader Joe’s.

According to an application for building permits submitted to the city, Trader Joe’s will move into the space in Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center soon to be vacated by Ace Hardware.

Representatives at Trader Joe’s corporate office and Regency Centers, which manages the shopping center, declined to comment on the new store or say when it will open. Last year Regency gave Ace a yearlong extension on its lease while it searched for a new location in Sammamish, but two proposed locations failed to materialize. Ace’s lease extension runs out in August.

Trader Joe’s is a chain of specialty grocery store that offers a range of gourmet and organic foods. The company currently has 395 stores, with the highest concentration in California. Both Issaquah and Redmond have Trader Joe’s stores.

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12 Responses to “Trader Joe’s coming to replace Ace Hardware”

  1. Jon Anderson on February 6th, 2013 8:18 pm

    I would like to urge all Sammamish residents to boycott the new Trader Joe’s once it opens in the location of the current Ace Hardware.

    There already are Trader Joe’s stores in Redmond and Issaquah that Sammamish residents can easily visit. But that’s not good enough for Trader Joe’s Corporation.

    Corporate greed. At at what cost? We’re losing Ace Hardware, that many residents visit weekly if not more often.

    Don’t fall victim to corporate greed and the 1 percent. Just say NO to Trader Joe’s.

  2. Ann Johnson on February 7th, 2013 5:09 pm

    Nope, sorry, not boycotting Trader Joe’s. I’m sorry that Ace (although to be honest, every time I have gone there looking for something specific they don’t carry it and I end up at Home Depot anyway) has to leave but am glad something useful is going in. Yes, there are TJs in Redmond and Issaquah – both are a pain to get to. Cry all you want but you know very well that TJs will do quite well here in Sammamish. I will happily be among the first to shop there!

  3. Blazefury on February 8th, 2013 12:47 am

    Awesome! I, for one, welcome our new Trader Joe overlords.

    Sammamish has a dearth of retail. With just two mini-strip malls serving a population of 45k+… where da big stores at? If anything, Sammamish is a gold mine for corporate retail outlets to tap into. I suppose the lack of retail zoning is the only reason there aren’t more shopping destinations, a mall, or “lifestyle centers” on the plateau. I would bet that the population of this town alone would support a reasonably sized mall. 150k median household incomes, chained-down families with children, high per-capita car usage, mushrooming housing stock–yes, these are the ingredients of Americana corporate franchise incubation.

    What’s ironic about the previous poster’s pseudo-granola, hipster, anarchist, anti-consumerist stance against an expanding grocer is that the missive about Ace Hardware’s corporate status (last I checked, Ace Hardware operated as a for-profit retail business, not as a local charity) was missed.

    Let’s welcome new retail to this town since they fill a void sorely needed.

  4. Cape Ann Kat on February 9th, 2013 5:18 pm

    Great News! I used to visit Trader Joe several times a week before they moved to the new location in Issaquah. Now only once a month as it is a hassle with traffic and parking. Same goes for most people living near me on the Sammamish side of Issaquah. We can hardly wait!

  5. Jon Anderson on February 10th, 2013 7:37 pm

    Sigh. The last two responses from vapid Sammamish residents is exactly why I am looking at selling my residence here and moving.

    Something useful? Trader Joe’s? Never shopped there. However, have visited Ace many, many times. Girls, ask your husband (if you have one), if he ever visits Ace Hardware. I guess if I did want to shop at Trader Joe’s I could drop into Redmond or Issaquah on my to/from work. Hardly a pain.

    Big stores up here? We don’t want “big stores” up here. Go to Bellevue if you want big stores. Fill a new void? The void is in your head. Trader Joe’s already has accessible stores in a few minutes of time from the Sammamish Plateau, in Redmond or Issaquah. Go to Safeway, QFC, or the new Indian food store and kwitcher whining.

  6. Annie Bee on February 12th, 2013 9:31 am

    Hey Jon,


    From the “Girls” in Sammamish

  7. Ryan on February 12th, 2013 2:27 pm

    I’m a newish resident of Sammamish and I’ve been trying to follow the Ace Hardware vs. Regency debate and from what little I can gather you should boycott Sammamish before boycotting TJ’s. There seems to be an overwhelming attitude in this town to prevent me from shopping in this town. The Ace is simply too small and needs to be relocated. Yes, I stop there and, like the other poster, I end up at Home Depot because over half the time Ace does not have what I need.

    Now, TJ’s has exactly what I want! I’ve been shopping at TJ’s in various cities for over a decade. In fact, in one city it was the only place I shopped for groceries for 3 years. Sadly, we’ve stopped going to the new Issaquah location because of the parking situation. TJ’s is a really great store with great product and I will be one of the first through the door.

    I do hope Sammamish can find a place for Ace to expand as I’ll be sad to see it go but, in the end, TJ’s is significantly more useful to me than Ace. Sorry Ace, but it’s yuppie grocery time in Sammamish!

  8. Mark Hartman on February 18th, 2013 1:15 pm

    Sorry to see Ace go, but I’m glad it’s Trader Joe’s moving into the space, and not another mattress, cigar or paint store! TJ’s is a great place to shop, with no more apparent “corporate greed” than any other retailer; maybe less, as they have quite low pricing and a pretty green/sustainable corporate culture from what I can tell.

    Ace Hardware was a nice addition to the Plateau, offering friendly customer service far superior to the big box hardware outlets. I can understand that many are sorry to see them go, but penalizing TJ’s for taking advantage of this opportunity seems capricious.

  9. David Z on March 2nd, 2013 8:39 pm

    While I’m happy to see TJ’s come to Sammamish, I have no clue why anyone would have thought it was a good idea to put a Petco there, instead of just moving the one and only hardware store we have to a bigger space. If you need something in a pinch, it was a handy place to have. Who on earth needs a petco? Even with one in redmond, i’ve never felt it necessary to go there.

  10. Ben on March 17th, 2013 7:32 am

    I welcome the change!! And I have lived here for 17 years. I thought Annie Bee’s comment was right on and I second it too..’Bye” on behalf of the Sammamish women!!

  11. Maverick on August 15th, 2013 11:27 am

    Jon Anderson: I could not disagree with you more. I don’t think anyone will miss you not living in Sammamish, welcome to go to a town and live next to ace hardware :). However people will miss not have a TJ’s. I agree with most of the comments, I shop at TJ’s a lot but because of their location and the traffic/parking I have made it a monthly visit or at times longer interval. When my wife & I heard about TJ’s coming there, we could not be more happier. Having Safeway, Indian store and TJ’s (and whole foods on the way) takes care of all our grocery needs and it’s just awesome.

    I think the Ace hardware was anything but useful. I always prefer to go to home depot because Ace is more expensive plus don’t have most of the stuff, so I am glad it moved out. Can’t wait for TJ to open!

  12. Dawn on February 7th, 2014 11:26 pm

    I have missed ace. I was sad to loose a locally owned and operated franchise. I will enjoy Trader Joes and look forward to its opening. The owners of the property were the issue here they are not residents of Sammamish and have no interest in our community. Money was what changed things, this will only be controlled by our local government who make decisions on permits and business licenses. please pay attention to who you vote for.

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