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Changes coming to Mill Creek’s Gateway Shopping Center

Old Gateway Shopping Center main building facade. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.
Old Gateway Shopping Center main building facade. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, September 22, 2017.

Editor's note: Click here for updated information: Sprouts Farmers Market announces new Mill Creek store to open by September.

Mill Creek’s Design Review Board gave the go ahead for Kimco Realty Corporation to make major changes at their Gateway Shopping Center. The plan is to update the main building’s exterior where two new tenants will open for business in 2018.

The City of Mill Creek has identified the two new tenants for Safeway’s old space at Gateway Shopping Center as Sprouts Farmers Market and Planet Fitness.

According to city documents, Sprouts will occupy about 55% of the 55,000 square feet where Safeway once did business. Planet Fitness, a high-value low-price fitness club, will occupy the rest.

The Mill Creek Design Review Board was very pleased with the Gateway Shopping Center’s new façade, which eliminates the curved surface where the Safeway sign once was.

At their Thursday, September 21, 2017, meeting Design Review Board Chair Dave Gunter described the design as “very nice.”

A summary provided to the Design Review Board stated, “To update the exterior of the new lease area building frontage, the applicant is proposing to demolish the existing curved façade and construct two clearly identifiable store entrances with geometric lines and a modern neutral color scheme. As a side note, the owner will be removing the existing parking lot surface and subsurface, installing new drainage and repaving the parking lot and landscape islands north of the SR 527 (Bothell-Everett Highway) drive aisle for these new tenants.”

The new parking lot will be fully ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant.

Kimco Realty owns and operates the Gateway Shopping Center and is updating the facility to accommodate the new tenants and to attract others for spaces that are now unoccupied.

Arena Sports expects to attract a significant number of visitors to their new indoor sports complex, which is right next door to Gateway Shopping Center. This new influx of foot-traffic will greatly benefit the shopping center tenants.

At the September 21st meeting Kimco Realty Director of Construction Peter Emsky told the Design Review Board that additional improvements would soon be proposed for the other four buildings that comprise Gateway Shopping Center.

After the meeting Emsky wouldn’t confirm that the “grocer” moving into Gateway Shopping Center was Sprouts Farmers Market. He did say that he hoped to begin construction on the interior tenant improvements in October and on the exterior façade in the spring.

Sprouts and Kimco representatives have declined to confirm that Gateway Shopping Center’s new grocer is Sprouts Farmers Markets, but the design documents show the Sprouts logo.

Planet Fitness representatives have not been so secretive and said they recently signed a lease for their space.

According to a recent news release Planet Fitness had approximately 10.1 million members nation-wide as of March 31, 2017. They currently operate other fitness centers in Everett, Mountlake Terrace, Seattle, and Marysville.

New Gateway Shopping Center main building facade. Image courtesy of Cushing Terrell.

New Gateway Shopping Center main building facade. Image courtesy of Cushing Terrell.