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Kirkland ParkPlace preparing to transform into Kirkland Urban

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PINCH ME.  It's really happening! Kirkland ParkPlace is winding down operations and preparing to get blasted into the 21st century with a transformation that will deliver to us.................Kirkland Urban. Even the name sounds fresh and hip and kind of awesome.  Talon Private Capital has one more Design Review Board meeting with the City of Kirkland on Dec 7th before they start moving forward with demo in Q1 of 2016. 

KirklandUrbanPanorama <-nice of them to put me in this rendering. I'm the one in the center in workout clothes that still hasn't showered when it's clearly the middle of the day. )

There's a lot of buzz around town. Everyone is worried about what will become of some of their neighborhood faves that reside in ParkPlace.  Many shops have already closed and some are hanging on until the end of the year.  But I won't leave you guessing.

Here's the breakdown:

QFC-  this will stay continuously open.  Phase 1 will house the NEW QFC (roughly where the bagel shop was) so the current QFC will stay open until their new space is ready.  They plan to step up their game to be  a flagship QFC for this area.  Good thinking with Met Market up the street and Whole Foods making their way to Totem Lake. ;-)

Moving Elsewhere-

Hoffman's Bakery- out Nov 30th.  Moving to 16175 Cleveland St.  That's a long way to drive for a princess torte but oh-so worth it. 

Key Bank- moved to 324 Central Way (across the street)

Palettes & Pairings- moving to Redmond Town Center into the Borders space 11/30

GNC- new store in Crossroads

Weldon Barber- new location in Kirkland

Kirkland Vision- new location in Kirkland

Tuxedo Club- Closed 11/3. Moving to Seattle

Hot Yoga- Closed. Has a Bellevue location.

Lucia- closing end of Nov.  But don't forget they have a Greenlake location!


Places you might see again but not really sure:

Pancake House- open for 2 more years (not in Phase 1 demo)

Starbucks- closes 11/15.  

Purple- closes Jan 1

Tim's Seafood- 11/30 close

Kirkland Parkplace Cinema- closes 12/31....A fancy new one WILL be going in (later phase 2019-ish)


Places to Wish Farewell:

Rikki Rikki- Potential Feb close.  No plan to re-open now.

Einstein Bros Bagels- already gone. Other stores in Seattle and Mercer Island

La Pasta- out 11/15

Saigon Jade Vietnamese- closing end of Nov.  No plans to relocate.

Hallmark- left in August

Parkplace Books/Common Folk/Todd's Crab Cracker- all closing at the end of the year

This Kirkland Urban project is happening in phases, and the first will be the corner that encompasses Central Way and PK Park (estimated completion for Phase 1 is Q3-4 2017).  Look for construction fences going up soon! Eventually, there will be office/retail space in the mid-high $30's/sf range and 185 units of residential condos (all rentals) for roughly $3/sf. Some are 2 story townhouses.  There is also space for a health club in a future phase, and it sounds like some Seattle based chefs might have an eye on our little Eastside gem.  

The retail leasing is still getting underway. And we are geographically in a non-compete zone for many of the retailers at Bellevue Square.   So I'm curious to know what shops/services YOU want to see in Kirkland Urban? Jot your wishlist in the 'comments' section below (I'd like an Athleta, please!).  You never know who might see them.  ;-)


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jennifer r

I spoke with a young guy working at Tim's and he told me they are not closing, but moving to the former Thai place by the pancake house. At least we still still have fish and pancakes!


Kirkland Urban? "Fresh and hip", haha what is this 1995? That's just embarrassing. And the last thing real locals want is for Kirkland to be known as "urban". You want urban? Move to Seattle. This entire redevelopment is a joke. It's the same big ugly 8 story boxes that are destroying this entire region's character; have you been to Bellevue lately? I can't believe people think this is "awesome"?!


Ohhh, Asa, go dust off your coffin. We can't sit sit here with all of our 'character' while the old buildings disintegrate around us and shoppers/tax dollars head out of town. Time for a little sprucing up. Nobody is trying to make us Bellevue, there are a lot of people working really hard to keep the Kirkland feel. The 2017 Kirkland feel.


I agree with you Janis. I often find myself crossing 520 to go to UVillage shopping. I wouldn't mind having that shopping vibe here in Kirkland and in walking distance to my house. I remember the complaints when Portsmith Condo and shops went in and now they are a staple. The entire Parkplace area has been so under utilized for over a decade now so it's about time. Thanks for the updates.
Rachel. (Ktown Resident since 1996).


Thank you Jennifer for checking on Tim's! Considering that place has been a staple in the area of so many years I would hate to lose it. At this point I travel from Sammamish to buy my fish there because everything else in the area just doesn't cut it.


We want Tim's! They had said they were moving behind the Pancake House, but their latest Facebook post said they were not sure they were staying in the area. Say it isn't so! Will be in there tomorrow; will see what the latest scoop is.


Hmmm... retail wishlist? I second your idea of Athleta (or other fitness-oriented store). Would love a Sports Authority, but probably not enough space. Another bookstore? PPBks didn't get great traffic (except when the library had a temp outlet there); would a different style bookstore fare better? We have a bike shop and a kitchen store - check. How about a small hardware store? A game store with game nights? (And I don't mean the kind with screens!)


A bookstore, yes! And a game store! A hardware store is essential for walkable living (we sure like having Ace here in Bridle Trails).

We will need a new outdoor store with REI moving to unbikeable Bellevue. I'm not sure what we will do for hats and gloves and coats next year. We do have good bike shops around so at least that's covered.

Glad to hear of the planned improvements to QFC. We had a number of bad experiences there, and a grocery option downtown would be convenient.

I hope Tim's stays!


I so wish a hardware store would be included in the mix - ever since the Ace hardware closed down YEARS ago to allow for another Parkplace "remodel", we have to go to Bridle Trails Ace or (worse yet) Woodinville or Bellevue Home Depot or McClendon's - the convenience of having a hardware store nearby has been sorely missed for far too long!

Becka Hoefs

Rikki Rikki is closing end of year, not February. A good friend works there. Get in there and give them your business!!!!


How about some nightlife? Martini bar with cool jazz sounds like a good idea and different than anything else in DT Kirkland for nightlife. No big chains, if there are any. I would like to see more local businesses.


Love the current movie theater. Will sorely miss them. Rumor has it that an iPic is going in there. Say it isn't so. That's more a rare treat than a "let's walk down and see a movie" impulse. And 2019? Sheesh, I may forget what a movie is before that happens. Does anyone have some hard facts re: movie theater?


I vote for Lulu Lemon! And maybe a Barnes and Noble?

Andrea Knauss

Please don't say Rikki Rikki will be gone!!! Our family loves it and goes several times a week!!! What will we do?


I'm so glad Kirkland is getting a Sodasopa. Will Kenny's house be moved or will it remain a central attraction?


The movie theater building also houses business tenants that will be awaiting a move into the newbuilding that is happening is Phase 1. So that needs to be complete before they can move, hence the Phase 2 for movie theater and 2019 guesstimate.

Richard Palmer

Maybe some high end shops like Tiffany's, our Seattle restaurants that didn't have one on the eastside, like Local360...


How can we make sure Riki Riki stays alive in Kirkland somewhere?


Sigh, now Kirkland can look like downtown Bellevue. The world needs more modern sterile buildings & more shopping. Kirkland is swiftly achieving a cookie cutter town look and becoming a tear down for the highest bidder. Sigh. I really liked this town.


I agree with Rob... iPIC is fine for an occasional special treat, but not a place I would go on a regular basis. Alyson

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