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Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go in the Albertsons Building?

Albertsons has been closed for a few months now and no new retailers have stepped up to fill its shoes. What kind of business do you want to see in the old Albertsons building?

Since the closure of Bonney Lake’s Albertson’s store this September, residents have been watching that location closely.

Yesterday, Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch fan Bob Chapman asked on our Facebook page:

Have there been any potential tenants for the former Albertsons store on 410?

I checked in with Bonney Lake’s Community Development Coordinator John Vodopich. He said he hasn't heard of any interested new tenants yet.

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Most of the people who have commented on our stories regarding Albertons closure have wondered, why not Trader Joes?

I checked in with Trader Joes corporate and asked if they have any plans to open a Trader Joes in Bonney Lake, or anywhere on the Plateau or Puyallup Valley.

After some back-and-forth with the webmaster, I got a response from a Trader Joes corporate employee named Rachel.

“Unfortunately, we do not have any immediate plans to come to the Bonney Lake area, but we certainly appreciate the interest,” she explained.

I then asked Rachel how Trader Joes selects its store locations.

“We actually do not comment on how we choose our store locations, as we are still a privately-held company,” Rachel said.

Trader Joes has a form on its website that people can fill out to request a store in town. Maybe if more Bonney Lake residents submitted the form, they’d be interested? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

What kind of store would you like to see take over the Bonney Lake Albertsons location? Tell us in the comments.

Laurie Carter January 23, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Are you the same Mark Bennett that is pictured at the Rotary Club Sumner YMCA fundraiser in 2010? The one in the blue shirt volunteering to be hypnotized? http://bonneylake-sumner.patch.com/articles/rotary-club-brings-sumner-together-for-night-of-laughs-and-fundraising#photo-3135872
Betty Lee March 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
My idea exactly. An entertainment cent, nice restaurant and bar BUT also a small fast food orkretaurant that would accomodate families as they can't take kids into a restaurant bar. a bowling alley would draw people other than Bonney Lake citizens too thus bringing more potential customers to the area. Good Idea!!!!
LM April 12, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I am on board with an entertainment place for teens. There is only the movie theater for the kids to hang out at. I think that B Lake would benefit from this kind of place. Most of the kids end up going out of our town and giving that company the money that could be going into our city. If not that then since the comments here point out that there isn't enough money to support the expensive store then how about a Dollar Tree? Even the wealthy like that store.
Todd April 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM
This is a large space and we need to think large. If the company that moves in is going to be a shot in the arm for Bonney Lake, I don't think a hum drum filler store like Dollar Tree or even Ross is going to bring in crowds of teens and families. No, this town needs some excitement and good clean healthy fun. Families are always looking for Birthday Party ideas. Parents are always looking for a fun place to gather with AND without the kids. This location is just blocks from a Middle and High School with thousands of kids that would love a place to grab some refreshments, hang with friends after school or in the evenings. A decent resturant will bring in folks just for the food. It's a perfect location, with a pass through parking lot, well away from residential areas. Don't blow this opportunity to give BL a real shot in the arm, both financially and emotionally. Please, stop saying we can't, and someone start recruiting likely buyers and lets have some good clean fun, right in our own town! Does the City Planning Council review this site...I hope so!
Matt Barron July 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I work at iron dragon and last we heard is that hobby lobby was going in and that they are no longer dealing releasing any info because they are dealing directly with albertsons on terms of use and what not.

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