Trader Joe’s could be the next tenant in the Sammamish Highlands Shopping Center.
City officials confirmed this week that Sammamish is currently reviewing “Tenant Improvement” application from the California-based grocery chain to eventually fill the current Ace Hardware location.
The local hardware store’s lease with property owner Regency Centers runs out in August.
Store owner Tim Koch’s attempts to find a new location on the Plateau within the last year have failed — most recently being denied use of a piece of property between Northeast Second and Northeast Fourth streets.
Trader Joe’s carries a wide variety of organic products, including produce, meat, wine and beer and snacks.
There are 395 locations nationwide and 18 in Washington state with stores in Redmond and Issaquah.
The chain has yet to announce when it hopes to open its Sammamish location.