Conceptual sketch of retail shops along NE 175th Street.
by Jeff Switzer
Adding to the lineup of downtown Woodinville commercial draws will be a new Target outlet, a Top Food and Drug grocery store, and a 14-screen Cineplex Odeon theater. TRF Pacific, Inc. announced the major tenants of its proposed Downtown Woodinville Retail Center on Jan. 16.
The home improvement store originally included in the development plan has been replaced by as many as five smaller buildings. The Target store will be the largest building on the site, totalling about 123,000 square feet.
The Top Food and Drug, about 67,000 square feet, will contain an in-store, from-scratch bakery, meat and produce departments, seafood, a pharmacy, bulk foods, a video store, a garden shop and a wine department. Top Foods will also have its Orient Express kitchen, a pizza and gourmet sandwich shop, salad bar and grill, and a food court.
Top Foods is owned by Haggen, Inc. of Bellingham, Wa., which operates 16 supermarkets throughout Washington under the names Top Food and Drug and Haggen Stores.
The 14-screen theater is described as a "state-of-the-art multiplex theater," totaling 40,000 square feet and seating 2,500.
"The synergy created by these three retail leaders will be outstanding," said Bob Parks, president of TRF Pacific, Inc., developers of the retail center. "We are very excited to be involved in a project which will enhance the neighborhood and truly meet the identified needs of the population."
Parks said TRF views the project "as a part of downtown Woodinville rather than a shopping center."
The 43.44-acre project is located in the heart of downtown Woodinville, bordered by NE 175th Street, 140th Avenue NE, and Woodinville-Snohomish Road. When completed, the project will have approximately 400,000 square feet of commercial space and parking for 2,300.
The frontage on NE 175th Street is to feature on-street, pedestrian-oriented shops with an architectural flavor of "Old Town Main Street U.S.A." Prime objectives include safe and easy passage along the streets throughout the project for pedestrians and bicyclists, and expansion of the existing "small-town ambience," including the neighboring Molbak's Nursery.
The final environmental impact statement on the project is expected in February, and the current development schedule could see clearing and grading this summer with a grand opening in the spring of 1997.
The home improvement element had been dropped from the plan earlier because of the many other competing stores in the area, in addition to the new Home Depot in the valley towards Bothell. That element has now been replaced in the plan by "two to five smaller shops." In the works could be an office supply store, a sporting goods store, an electronics store, and a bed, bath and kitchen store, all housed in separate buildings.