From left to right: Anko store manager Dustin Daugharty, Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet, Anko USA general manager Ryan Greenough and Anko USA marketing vice president Shawn Thistlethwaite. Blake Peterson/staff photo

From left to right: Anko store manager Dustin Daugharty, Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet, Anko USA general manager Ryan Greenough and Anko USA marketing vice president Shawn Thistlethwaite. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Anko opens doors at new Kirkland location

The retail chain can also be found in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Mill Creek and Burien.

Retail chain Anko opened its doors to Kirkland residents and visitors alike on Oct. 25.

The new store is located between Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods at the Village at Totem Lake.

“We think Kirkland is an amazing place,” Anko USA general manager Ryan Greenough said. “When we look at the other retailers that surround us, we think we’re part of a really good retail space here.”

The Kirkland opening began at around 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony that culminated in a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Penny Sweet. Before doors opened, scores of community members lined up next to the entrance as the first 100 customers of the day received gift cards valued up to $100 — a special that continued into the weekend.

This is the fifth Anko to open in Washington. Other locations can be found in Burien, Bellevue, Mill Creek and Lynnwood.

Sometimes compared to IKEA, Anko is an Australian brand that curates home decor, clothing, kitchen-and-bath supplies and other items, “like a boutique with irresistible prices,” according to a press release.

“We’re looking to bring our A-game,” Greenough said.

Scores of community members gathered at the ANKO storefront ahead of its 8:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The first 100 guests in line received a gift card with a value of up to $100. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Scores of community members gathered at the ANKO storefront ahead of its 8:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The first 100 guests in line received a gift card with a value of up to $100. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Shoppers browsing the kitchen section of the store. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Shoppers browsing the kitchen section of the store. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Guests looking at Anko’s home decor offerings. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Guests looking at Anko’s home decor offerings. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Anko is often compared to IKEA. But the stores can be differentiated because Anko sells clothing items. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Anko is often compared to IKEA. But the stores can be differentiated because Anko sells clothing items. Blake Peterson/staff photo

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