For Snoqualmie Valley shoppers who travel to Issaquah to shop at Trader Joe’s, life may become a little easier later this year. That’s because Trader Joe’s will be relocating their current Pickering Place Issaquah location to a new, larger spot in the Issaquah Commons, on the south side of I-90, near Target. The move comes because Trader Joe’s current store is not large enough to meet the 10,000 square foot requirement to sell alcohol.
Party @ Display and Costume, the former tenant of Trader Joe’s future location, recently moved its store next to Best Buy on East Lake Sammamish Parkway near Fred Meyer. Work now continues on Trader Joe’s new location, which it plans to occupy in the next several months.
Trader Joe’s new spot should have easier freeway access for those of us traveling west on I-90 to Issaquah. The overall accessibility to the store’s location in the Issaquah Commons should also be better and easier to navigate than the often-times traffic congested parking lots at Pickering Place, which is home to Costco, its corporate headquarters and ultra-busy Costco gas station.