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So, What’s Going in to the Empty QFC Store?

Well, it’s not Trader Joe’s or Metropolitan Market, according to representatives from both companies.

No one knows yet, or at least they’re not talking, about what business will go into the now empty OFC store. But it will not be Trader Joe’s or Metropolitan Market.

The store, 14160 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd (at 178th St), has been sitting empty since QFC moved out in August 2010. Since then, rumors have circulated that Trader Joe’s was moving in, but a company spokesperson says it ain’t so.

“Trader Joe’s is not opening a store in Woodinville,” said company spokesperson Hazel. Yes, just Hazel, like just Cher. Hazel said it was a company policy to not give out last names.

Another rumor was that Metropolitan Market was moving in, again, no said CEO Terry Halverson but the independent grocer did consider the site.

“We heard about it,” said Halverson. “And we did look at it and ran the numbers and it just wouldn’t work, probably all the best spots are already taken.”

With across the street and down the road, there is already as much square footage of grocery space as the area needs, Halverson said.

So what business will move in to the empty storefront? Well, another rumor is several tasting rooms will move in as a wine village. Maybe, but with a similar enterprise being created at the old station just down the road in the Tourist Distict, it seems that too may be a saturated market.

Victoria Holsclaw May 06, 2011 at 12:19 AM
As an owner of a business (Koko FitClub) in this shopping mall, I sure hope something fab goes in soon!! It's so sad and pathetic-looking to have our "anchor" store sitting empty. Lucky for me, my business is on the other side of the mall by Round Table Pizza. I vote for a craft store. That is definitely something we don't have anywhere nearby, and something that could offer much for value to Woodinville than another generic chain restaurant or grocery store.
Joe May 07, 2011 at 04:55 AM
The YMCA is offering Zumba classes at the Carol Edwards Center on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:15-8:00.
J June 19, 2011 at 11:19 PM
I would like to see a craft (Michael's) or a fabric store (a "super" Joann's) move into this space. Seems the square footage is about right and parking adequate. We have nothing in those categories in the immediate area. I would rather my tax dollars return to Woodinville" than drive to Redmond for these items and let them have my money to improve their city.
North7r January 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM
The word now is all those business will be gone. The property has been bought for housing... As in a whole bunch of condos. Why would woodinville care so little about it's main shopping area than to allow housing there?
Mike Tanksley February 02, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Main shopping area? What we have there is acres of asphalt with a fringe of obsolete strip malls around the edges. Condos? That's great - condos are usually higher quality housing than apartment buildings - owner occupied - just what a downtown area needs to bring life to its core. And any replacement development is likely to be mixed use, so the retail and services can still be located there, but now they will have customers living right upstairs. Woodinville is well situated to evolve into a highly desirable urban village over the next few decades (see my earlier comments above). Replacing the "QFC strip mall complex" with mixed use development would be a great next step.

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