Grocery Outlet opened in the Bridle Trails neighborhood in Kirkland on August 23. Another major retailer, Whole Foods, opened in Totem Lake on August 14. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Grocery Outlet opened in the Bridle Trails neighborhood in Kirkland on August 23. Another major retailer, Whole Foods, opened in Totem Lake on August 14. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet now open in Kirkland

Two new grocers have opened in Kirkland in both the north and south ends of the city.

Two new grocers have opened in Kirkland in recent weeks, anchoring both the northern and south ends of the city.

Grocery Outlet is open for business in Kirkland’s Bridle Trails neighborhood, following a grand opening on Aug. 23. It follows the opening of the Totem Lake’s Whole Foods on Aug. 14.

The grocery and discount goods retailer’s opening was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony, a packed parking lot and lines wrapping around the store. This may have been due to both the store offering the first 200 shoppers a gift card worth between $5 and $200 as well as a neighborhood excited to see another grocer open up in the old Red Apple location.

The new Grocery Outlet is run by Mike and Annica Powell, who opened the store after the old Red Apple shut down last February. The closure prompted more than 1,250 people to sign a petition calling for the store to remain but the owners cited a rent increase imposed by their landlords and mounting maintenance costs as reasons why they shut down.

The Bridle Trails Grocery Outlet will create 30 new jobs and return a community shopping location to the neighborhood.

The other major retailer Whole Foods recently opened its Totem Lake location as part of the area’s massive redevelopment.

“Whole Foods has come in. It’s one of the anchor tenants and they’re a great company to work with,” Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce executive director Samantha St. John told the Reporter.

Whole Foods added around 150 jobs and began working with the chamber almost immediately, St. John said. The Totem Lake development will create a new urban center in the city with a mix of services, retailers and housing.

“It’ll bring a lot of new customers to Kirkland, there’s new residents coming in there,” St. John said.

In total, the Totem Lake redevelopment will have more than 1,400 parking spaces for both retail and residential use and around 855 residential units for more than 360,000 square feet of residential and retail space. The project will be completed in two phases with the first being completed this year and the next anticipated to be finished in 2019.

More in Business

Investor Sharks returns to Kirkland

The second annual event allowed local startups to pitch to angel investors.

Chainline was able to successfully crowdfund a full deck to accompany their tap room. The community-oriented business is open to all ages and pet-friendly. Kailan Manandic/staff Photo
Chainline Brewing Co. is Best of Kirkland

The brewery opened its doors in 2015 and has since been embedded as a community gathering place.

Katalyst Fitness opens in Kirkland

The new location has space to handle up to 700 electrical muscle stimulation sessions per week.

Pickles Playland barks into Kirkland

Small dogs daycare will full open on Oct. 20.

Bret Chatalas, co-owner of Cactus Restaurants, receives the EnviroStar certificate of recognition. Cactus’s six locations are all working toward following environmentally-friendly practices. Photo courtesy of Kirkland Conserves Facebook.
Kirkland businesses recognized in first year of Washington’s Green Business Program

Local businesses earn EnviroStars recognition by taking steps to green their facilities.

Core Hero hard cider sorbet takes off in Kirkland

A former Kirkland resident is making hard cider sorbet, which was picked up by Whole Foods and PCC.

Burger Addict opens in Kirkland

The restaurant is the second location for the local burger joint.

Office space is still tight on the Eastside

That hasn’t stopped Google and Facebook from looking to expand.

Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet now open in Kirkland

Two new grocers have opened in Kirkland in both the north and south ends of the city.

Select Gourmet Foods hopes to reopen by summer’s end

The butcher’s shop took damage from a fire last August but the owners are hoping to make a comeback.

Amanda and Kevin Kearney opened the Guest House Restaurant in Kenmore earlier this year. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
Guest House gives Kenmore locals another eatery option

The restaurant is located just north of St. Edward State Park in south Kenmore.