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Citing Need For More Data, City of Everett Wants to Extend Temporary Pot Zoning Rules

September 29, 2014

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Everett wants more data before making retail pot rules permanent.

As just the first of its five retail marijuana stores opens today, the City of Everett is looking at extending its zoning laws for retail pot merchants. The current temporary ordinance was passed last October but since the city hasn’t yet had retail marijuana sales, they don’t really have data to see of the ordinance will work as intended. On Wednesday the Everett City Council will hear a briefing on the extension. There really aren’t any substantial changes to the ordinance other than to clarify that Everett will not issue an application to a marijuana retailer until that retailer has a letter of approval in hand from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. While there are more than four-dozen applications pending with the State right now, only one licensee had been approved. You can see a copy of the proposed ordinance here.


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1st Retail Marijuana Store in Everett, WA To Open Monday at 2:00pm

September 28, 2014

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This is the first and so far only licensed retail marijuana store in Everett, WA. It opens at 2:00pm Monday.

Earlier this month we first told you about “High Society” the first retail marijuana store in Everett, WA to receive a license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. At that time the store planned on being open around the 15th of the month. In talking with Neary, the owner of High Society, she said getting a predictable supply of approved marijuana had been holding up the opening. “I didn’t want to open for just a day and have to close and wait for more product,” said Neary. “I wanted to wait and make sure we would be able to be open on a consistent basis for our customers and also the employees we’ve hired.”

I asked if there was anything people should know about buying marijuana in a retail store. “You have to be 21 years old to be inside the store, whether or not you’re buying marijuana,” Neary said. While Washington State law allows those under 21 to be inside a liquor store when accompanied by an adult, the same is not the case for retail marijuana stores. Other facets of legal marijuana use are similar to legal alcohol use. Just like you can’t buy a bottle of gin and then open it up and start drinking it in public, the same goes for marijuana. Initiative 502 states that it is unlawful to open/consume a package of marijuana or marijuana infused product in view of the general public.

After Monday’s opening at 2:00pm, the store will have regular hours of Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday from Noon – 7:00pm. The address is 1824 Broadway in north Everett.


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2 Long Awaited Everett Projects…Downtown Hotel, South End Chevy Dealership…Moving Forward

September 24, 2014

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Proposed Courtyard by Marriott at Colby and Wall Street in downtown Everett

Touchstone Development from Seattle has pulled their permits and opened a construction office in downtown Everett to begin work on a long-delayed Courtyard by Marriott hotel at the corner of Wall and Colby. Halvorson Construction Group in Kirkland has opened an office in downtown Everett and is on site. Financial challenges led the Everett City Council to give a total of 11 extensions to Touchstone. The two sides have been working on the project since 2008. Here’s a statement sent out today by Touchstone…

We’re excited to move forward with the City of Everett on this important project and picking up our permits is one step closer to transforming this key location for downtown Everett. Adding a new downtown hotel will further energize Comcast Arena and will provide lodging for visitors to the Everett aerospace cluster. The hotel’s sweeping views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and convenient access to I-5 will make the venue popular with weekday business travelers and weekend leisure travelers alike.

Project Facts

· Developer: Touchstone (Seattle-based commercial real estate developer)

· Location: Southeast corner of Colby Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Everett

· Description: The 160,000 sq. ft. (eight stories) Courtyard by Marriott hotel features 156 guest rooms, meeting space, a hotel restaurant and three levels of underground parking.

· The project will also include 4,300 sq. ft. of leasable retail space

 

With regard to the car dealership in south Everett…

Everett Chevrolet

It appears new Chevrolets will again be available in Everett.

The empty lot that was home to Everett Chevrolet at 7300 Evergreen Way will also undergo re-development this fall. The Harnish Auto Family of Puyallup has applied to build a 26,000 square foot Chevrolet dealership with 420 parking spaces. The lot has been empty for several years after General Motors began closing Chevrolet dealerships across the country during the recession. The new automobile dealership should alleviate the hit to Everett’s retail sales tax revenue when Mazda of Everett moves out of the city limits next month.

The project is in the comment phase at the city’s planning department and permits have not yet been issued, but if all goes according to schedule, construction is expected to start in November.


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Another Downtown Everett Restaurant Closing – Fish Tale Brew Pub Ending 3 Year Run

September 19, 2014

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Fish Tale opened the Everett location in August of 2011.

Saturday will mark the final day for the Everett location of Fish Tale Brew Pub. They opened three years ago in the former Turner’s location directly across from Xfininty Arena at the corner of Hewitt and Broadway. It was billed as a slice of organic pub life brought to downtown Everett. It was a new location for the folks at Fish Brewing in Olympia. No word yet on the reason behind the closure or if something else is planned for the space. We’ve reached out to the folks at Fish Brewing and will let you know what we hear.


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Quiet Grand Opening For Everett Walmart

September 10, 2014

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Snohomish County Executive John Lovick cut the grand opening ribbon for the Everett Walmart.

The new Walmart at the former Top Foods location on Everett Mall Way held its grand opening this morning. There were no big crowds lined up to get into the store and while Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was there, noticeably absent were leaders from the City of Everett. Walmart did present checks to the Everett Parks Department ($1000), Everett Police ($2500), Cocoon House ($1500), Cascade High School ($1500), Boys and Girls Club of Everett ($1500) and Northwest Harvest ($30,000). This Saturday there will be an event called “A Big Family Welcome” from 12 noon – 3:00pm where the public is invited to meet store employees, participate in family activities and get free samples from vendors. A group of protestors has also made public their plans to be at that event.


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Everett Mall Way Walmart Opens Wednesday

September 9, 2014

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The new Wal-Mart opens Wednesday

It’s been one of the most-asked questions over the past several months by readers of MyEverettNews.com. When does the Walmart open on Everett Mall Way? Here’s the answer and most anything else you may want to know about the Grand Opening direct from Walmart…

A new Walmart is opening in Everett on Wednesday, Sept. 10, following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The new store is conveniently located at 1605 SE. Everett Mall Way and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We are so proud of this new store and are excited to open our doors,” said store manager Chris Johnson. “I hope the Everett community will come out on grand-opening day to join the celebration.”

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County offered a heartfelt welcome to Everett’s new Walmart. “We are excited for the opening of the beautiful new Walmart,” said Jim Stephanson, Director of Business Development at the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. “Not only will this opening create many new jobs and expanded retail revenue for the Everett area, the leadership team at Walmart have shown themselves to be great community partners with a willingness to give back to our community in many ways already.”

The store will provide Everett residents with low prices on a broad assortment of merchandise and offer
Walmart’s free Site to Store program, enabling customers to choose from nearly a million additional online
items that can be ordered on Walmart.com and picked up at the Everett store for free, often as quickly as the same day.

The new store employs approximately 200 full- and part-time associates. Store manager Chris Johnson began his Walmart career in 2001 as a cashier.

Affordable Groceries to Meet All Your Needs

The new store offers fresh produce and a full line of groceries from all the leading brand names, including organic and natural selections. There is also a wide variety of meat and bakery selections, including breads and desserts.

In addition to groceries, the store features quality, value-priced general merchandise, including electronics and back-to-school supplies. In addition, customers can shop a broader assortment of items online at Walmart.com and then pay for these purchases with cash in all of Walmart U.S. stores and Walmart Neighborhood Markets, including the new Everett store.

The pharmacy offers a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions. Everett residents can easily transfer prescriptions and order refills on the go with the Walmart mobile app for iPhone and Android.

Community Giving

The grand-opening celebration includes check presentations for grants from Walmart to local community groups, including:

  • Cocoon House, Everett- Serving Homeless Youth in Snohomish County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Everett
  • Cascade High School
  • City of Everett Parks and Recreation
  • Everett Police Department

In addition to the grants given as part of the grand opening, the new store will further Walmart’s pledge to fight hunger in America. As part of Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Washington donated approximately 10.4 million pounds of food, in fiscal year 2014, or the equivalent of 8.6 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $19.5 million in fiscal year 2014 in Washington alone. For more information on Walmart’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.

A Big Family Welcome

Walmart is happy to be part of the Everett community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, Sept. 13. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Johnson and enjoy fun family activities and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from noon to 3 p.m.


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2 Signs For The Big Box Retail Future in Everett, WA

September 8, 2014

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After 40+ years the Everett, WA K-Mart is closed

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The newest Walmart will open Wednesday morning at 8:00am across from Everett Mall.

Yesterday the K-Mart store at 79th and Evergreen Way closed after more than 40 years in business. On Wednesday the newest Walmart will open on Everett Mall Way at 8:00am. Feel free to share your thoughts on the future of retail in Everett in our comment section below.


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