SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Albertsons Cos.’ Safeway and Bartell Drugs will anchor a new retail center here. The chains anticipate their stores will open next summer at Ridge Plaza.
The Safeway store’s exterior, designed by Fuller Sears architects, will reflect the aesthetic theme of Snoqualmie Ridge. The interior will boast wall-to-wall specialty departments, including a Starbucks with a light-filled seating area and an indoor/outdoor fireplace; full-service deli with a fresh sushi bar; expanded wine department with premier selections; and full-service meat, bakery and floral departments. Safeway will also be including its top-tier produce department, abundant with organic and local fruits and vegetables. The chain will also construct a six-pump fuel station with the store.
Bartell’s store will feature thousands of popular health, beauty and lifestyle products and a drive-through pharmacy. It will also maintain Bartell’s commitment to offering locally made products, including Theo Chocolates, Sahale Snacks and Oberto Jerky, as well as a wide variety of local microbrews and Washington wines.
“Bartell Drugs is excited by the opportunities presented by this store opening,” states president and chief executive officer Brian Unmacht. “The new Snoqualmie Ridge location will continue our unique blend of expert pharmacy services along with a great selection of local products.”
EDG Commercial Real Estate is the owner and developer of Ridge Plaza. President Tom Erlandson says, “After three years of hard work and extraordinary cooperation with the city of Snoqualmie, EDG is thrilled to be delivering this project to the community where we work and live. The commitments made by Safeway and Bartell to this project insure we will have the premier grocer and drug store in the Pacific Northwest anchoring our project for years to come. Our grand opening in the summer of 2017 will be a true celebration for the City of Snoqualmie.”
“The addition of a 43,000-square-foot grocery store, food establishments, and 15,000-square-foot drug store will further serve Snoqualmie’s growing population, which is now over 13,000,” said Mayor Matt Larson. “Not only will these new businesses help meet the needs of our residents but the boost in sales tax will help support and protect our local city services.”