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.