Claire’s, a jewelry and accessories retailer aimed toward tween and teen girls, will soon take over an empty space in the Woodinville Plaza, according to city permitting documents.

Kevin O’Neill, assistant to the city manager of Woodinville, said the business owners had completed most inspections as of Jan. 12. A fire inspection must still be completed before receiving a certificate of occupancy, he said.

He said the owners submitted a building permit application for tenant improvements in August 2021, which included new lighting, sinks and store fixtures. The permit was issued in November 2021. An additional permit to install signage has been approved, but not yet issued.

“The city’s involvement is limited to reviews for compliance with regulations, such as zoning,” O’Neill wrote in an email.

He said the city has no role in deciding what business occupies the plaza. The space was previously used by an optical company before moving to a new location.

In response to the news, some community members expressed confusion about the new retailer in town. Instead, residents are opting for more local businesses.

“Disappointing. I don’t think anyone needs Claire’s enough that we can’t just drive 20 minutes to Alderwood Mall, but I can’t really speak on other’s behalf,” Dylan Shelton wrote on a Facebook post about the business. “Would have been a great place for a new small business.”

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