The 20,000 square-foot Ridge Supermarket will be closing this month and re-opening as a new venue for goods and services not readily available on Snoqualmie Ridge. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

The 20,000 square-foot Ridge Supermarket will be closing this month and re-opening as a new venue for goods and services not readily available on Snoqualmie Ridge. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie Ridge IGA announces store closure and remodel

When word of a new Safeway being built on Snoqualmie Ridge began circulating, so did worries about that store’s impact on the Ridge’s existing grocery store, the Ridge IGA Supermarket. Those worries proved accurate last week, when IGA management announced in a Facebook post that the store would end its nine-year run as a grocery and re-open later this year as a different type of business.

“It’s pretty simple,” said Tyler Myers, President of the Myers Group which owned and the IGA. “Things were going pretty well, but then they built a new Safeway up there and a Bartell’s and now basically all three of us are selling the same things, Pampers and Campbell’s Soup and all those things.”

With many Ridge residents shopping in Issaquah or other cities, he said, there weren’t enough shoppers to support the existing businesses, Myers added, so they decided to liquidate inventory, move as many of their two dozen employees to other stores as possible, then remodel the 20,000 foot space into something new.

“Our goal would be to offer goods and services that aren’t found on the Ridge and in Snoqualmie,” Myers said. “We have some general ideas of what would be of benefit to the community…. We have some ideas from our own experience of what’s not there that’s needed.”

Focus groups with a select group of community members are also a possibility, he said.

“We started a list … of people who might have an interest in telling us what they’d like to see,” he said, several months ago, as a planning step for how the Safeway’s August opening would affect the IGA.

For now, the store is focused on selling off inventory.

“We already know that the inventory we have in that store is not the inventory that we would have in the store going forward,” he said, so they have discounted their merchandise and plan to move what doesn’t sell to one of the other area IGA stores.

No official closing date has been set yet, but Myers said “We want to wrap it up in the next two to three weeks.”

Once the management gets approval from the landlord to proceed with the remodel, Myers projected they would start immediately on the mostly-cosmetic remodel of the interior.

He guessed the remodel would take “maybe 60 days, but as soon as possible. We would be working as fast as we can once we have the green light. We really want to be in Snoqualmie. We really love the community… It’s just kind of crazy up there right now, you’ve got three Starbucks within 100 yards and three stores selling basically the same thing.”

Following is the notice that was posted on Facebook:

Dear Friends and our valued Snoqualmie Community,

We have enjoyed our relationship with the Snoqualmie community for the past nine years. It has been a fun time and we hope we added a lot of value and goodwill to the community. Unfortunately, with the arrival of Safeway, we will no longer be able to operate in this location as a full-service supermarket.

Our plans are to liquidate all of our current inventory and evaluate the opportunity to bring a different kind of business back to this location. A business that brings goods and services to Snoqualmie that is not presently being offered. We expect to know the answer to our future plans shortly.

Thank you again for your support of our store over the years. We sincerely wish you the very best. We hope to see you soon as a new and vibrant business.

Ridge IGA Supermarket

For updates on the store’s transformation, visit the store’s website, http://www.ridgesupermarket.com and Facebook page.

More in Business

Eastside market heats up as major tech news hits

A real estate snapshot from John L. Scott Real Estate.

Courtesy photo
                                Sweet Treats is the only cookie dough-focused storefront in the region and will eventually operate a food truck.
Sweet Treats feeds a desire for cookie dough

The local vendor and catering service offers safe-to-eat cookie dough on the Eastside.

Local inventory is up; buyers, sellers prep for spring

By Erin Flemming Special to the Record If you’re looking to purchase… Continue reading

North Bend’s Huxdotter Coffee consturction underway

Huxdotter Coffee is in the midst of construction on an all new cafe and drive-thru.

Stocks stay strong for Smartsheet, Microsoft, T-Mobile

Fortune 500 functionality, Hololens technology, 5G network contribute to growth

Praerit Garg joins Smartsheet as CTO

Bellevue-based company employs 760 people

A comparison of how many life science companies are on the Eastside and in other Washington cities. Kailan Manandic
Life science hits its stride on the Eastside

Life science has strong roots in Washington, contributing economically and scientifically.

Bringing the Virtual Reality experience to Eastside

Virtual Reality (VR) isn’t like regular entertainment, and Portal VR founder Tim… Continue reading

Despite interest rates approach, real estate ticking onward

A real estate snap shot from John L. Scott Real Estate.

OfferUp founder Nick Huzar makes customer safety a core pillar

Bellevue-based CEO wanted a simpler solution to his own problems

Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr
Puget Sound companies join to create middle-income housing

Several are the same companies that opposed Seattleā€™s head tax last year.

North Bend Automotive sits just a mile Southwest from downtown North Bend in the shadow of Mt. Si (Drew Stuart/ Staff Photo)
SPOTLIGHT 2019: A repair shop that puts the customer first

Bobby Farris leads North Bend Automotive team.