Visions for Vacancies: What Should Go in the Albertsons Building?

Albertsons has been closed for a few months now and no new retailers have stepped up to fill its shoes. What kind of business do you want to see in the old Albertsons building?

Since the closure of Bonney Lake’s Albertson’s store this September, residents have been watching that location closely.

Yesterday, Bonney Lake-Sumner Patch fan Bob Chapman asked on our Facebook page:

Have there been any potential tenants for the former Albertsons store on 410?

I checked in with Bonney Lake’s Community Development Coordinator John Vodopich. He said he hasn't heard of any interested new tenants yet.


Most of the people who have commented on our stories regarding Albertons closure have wondered, why not Trader Joes?

I checked in with Trader Joes corporate and asked if they have any plans to open a Trader Joes in Bonney Lake, or anywhere on the Plateau or Puyallup Valley.

After some back-and-forth with the webmaster, I got a response from a Trader Joes corporate employee named Rachel.

“Unfortunately, we do not have any immediate plans to come to the Bonney Lake area, but we certainly appreciate the interest,” she explained.

I then asked Rachel how Trader Joes selects its store locations.

“We actually do not comment on how we choose our store locations, as we are still a privately-held company,” Rachel said.

Trader Joes has a form on its website that people can fill out to request a store in town. Maybe if more Bonney Lake residents submitted the form, they’d be interested? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess.

What kind of store would you like to see take over the Bonney Lake Albertsons location? Tell us in the comments.

Rhonda Stowell December 12, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I would love to see a " ROSS " store open in Bonney Lake
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I think the way Trader Joes picks its store locations is fascinating - and mysterious. I've done some research to try and figure out a method to their madness and all I can say is they hold those cards close. My mom lives in Texas and drives 3 hours from her home, just to stock up at the TJ's in Dallas. It's crazy!
Jessie December 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I would like to see a really good restaurant!
Dawneephay December 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Liz December 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM
We need a bowling alley! The kids (and parents) need something besides the movie theater.
Brenda Biller December 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
If Trader Joes isnt interested How about Whole Foods? All there locations are on the north end.
Daphne December 13, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I would love to see one also but I head that bonney lake doesnt show a high enough household income per capita to support a store like whole foods...bummer...cause I dont like have to drive so far!!
Daphne December 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Love this idea!!! That would be great!
Todd December 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I have suggested on similar posts that we need some entertainment for our families and teens. A good combination bowling alley, gaming center, with kitchen and bar would bring in families and small groups for parties, birthdays and just a fun place to hang out. There really isn't any place nearby for kids to just hang out and socialize. I visited a huge place like this in Fort Worth TX, and it seems to be a chain that has a strong following out there. They have dozens of pool tables, both table top and floor shuffle board, lazer tag, dance floor, video gaming (old and new) and the bar is in an adult only section between the bowling alleys and pool tables...it seemed to do quite well. How about it? There's no place like this and BL really could use some entertainment...that and some good resturants.
Todd December 13, 2012 at 03:21 PM
DeeAnn Single December 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I would love to see an Organic supermarket for our area...the closest is tacoma or federal way...how sad for us...We have to drive out of our local area for good food...
Robyn Lawrence December 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
TJ's or Whole Foods
Mary Rowe December 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
There are places in Michigan that have that and its called Dave & Busters and they do have them in Washington but I haven't seen one close by and they are wonderful!
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I think this is a good suggestion, Todd! It would be hard to be a teen in Bonney Lake today, having no bus service and limited after-school hangout options...
Mark Bennett December 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
As much as I would like to see an organic food store in town, I am fearful that our small bedroom community could not support one. I doubt that any more grocery stores will be built for a while in the area due to the depression. The property owner is most likely quite motivated to get a tenant in the building to at least cover costs, mortgage and taxes etc. Perhaps the City of Bonney Lake could enter into a ten year lease at a rate that would cover those costs and the city could then convert the building into an indoor recreational area. I think it is big enough for a basketball court and the remainder of the space could be used for video games, after school crafts, homework help, etc. Maybe corporate sponsors could be found and they would be entitled to post signage in the space. Perhaps a nominal use fee could be charged to cover some of the expenses. Anything has to be better than establishing a new taxing authority like the majority of the city council seems to want to do in order to build new soccer fields and partner with the YMCA to build an indoor recreational facility.
Lise December 13, 2012 at 07:55 PM
How about an indoor flea market?
Brianna December 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Marlene's Market and Deli, although I do like the idea of Trader Joe's, or a community type place for kids/adults to hang...
DS December 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Mark, Where would the city get the money to fund this idea? If you are thinking its self funding then why not have a private venture do this?? BTW the new taxing authority would be a source for your idea, it's the citizens that will decide if they want to have more recreation not the city council :)
k December 14, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I think that due to the square footage of the space it would be hard to split the building for two businesses. Trader Joes is much too small for the albertsons building. however, I think a PCC Natural Market would fit in excellently.
Stephanie Del Duca December 15, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Well lets just hope it doesnt sit empty for years like the old QFC in Sumner, what an eye sore. A trader Joes or Whole Foods would be great, i dontknow why but I just don't see it happening. A safe place for youth to hang out would be nice. I tried letting my son go to the skate park but there are bigger children there (17+) that pick on him. One of them stole his scooter and wrote profanities on it in a sharpie marker.
Lauren Padgett (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
That's so mean of those people to pick on your son, Stephanie... You should report that! What jerks.
Todd January 13, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I heard Friday that a Bowling Alley company signed the papers last week to move into the Albertsons location. Can you confirm this and give us a taste of what else they might have to offer as far as services, etc?
Todd January 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Hello? Echo...echo...
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Hey Todd, I emailed City Administrator Don Morrison about the bowling alley. He said the following, "No one has contacted the planning department with and questions about permitting or remodeling. The leasing company told us they have had inquiries regarding the building, but no one has yet leased it."
Laurie Carter January 23, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Are you the same Mark Bennett pictured on this Patch story? In the blue shirt volunteering to be hypnotized at the Rotary Club fundraiser to build the Sumner YMCA? http://bonneylake-sumner.patch.com/articles/rotary-club-brings-sumner-together-for-night-of-laughs-and-fundraising#photo-3135872
Laurie Carter January 23, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Are you the same Mark Bennett that is pictured at the Rotary Club Sumner YMCA fundraiser in 2010? The one in the blue shirt volunteering to be hypnotized? http://bonneylake-sumner.patch.com/articles/rotary-club-brings-sumner-together-for-night-of-laughs-and-fundraising#photo-3135872
Betty Lee March 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM
My idea exactly. An entertainment cent, nice restaurant and bar BUT also a small fast food orkretaurant that would accomodate families as they can't take kids into a restaurant bar. a bowling alley would draw people other than Bonney Lake citizens too thus bringing more potential customers to the area. Good Idea!!!!
LM April 12, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I am on board with an entertainment place for teens. There is only the movie theater for the kids to hang out at. I think that B Lake would benefit from this kind of place. Most of the kids end up going out of our town and giving that company the money that could be going into our city. If not that then since the comments here point out that there isn't enough money to support the expensive store then how about a Dollar Tree? Even the wealthy like that store.
Todd April 12, 2013 at 01:05 PM
This is a large space and we need to think large. If the company that moves in is going to be a shot in the arm for Bonney Lake, I don't think a hum drum filler store like Dollar Tree or even Ross is going to bring in crowds of teens and families. No, this town needs some excitement and good clean healthy fun. Families are always looking for Birthday Party ideas. Parents are always looking for a fun place to gather with AND without the kids. This location is just blocks from a Middle and High School with thousands of kids that would love a place to grab some refreshments, hang with friends after school or in the evenings. A decent resturant will bring in folks just for the food. It's a perfect location, with a pass through parking lot, well away from residential areas. Don't blow this opportunity to give BL a real shot in the arm, both financially and emotionally. Please, stop saying we can't, and someone start recruiting likely buyers and lets have some good clean fun, right in our own town! Does the City Planning Council review this site...I hope so!
Matt Barron July 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I work at iron dragon and last we heard is that hobby lobby was going in and that they are no longer dealing releasing any info because they are dealing directly with albertsons on terms of use and what not.


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