Word came from Edmonds Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton Tuesday that Walgreens has applied for a permit to build a new store on Edmonds Way and 100th Avenue West, on the property that is currently home to Edmonds bowling alley Robin Hood Lanes.
Does this mean the demise of the neighborhood gathering place that has stood in Edmonds since 1960? Rhune Harkestad of Kidder Matthews, who is representing San Francisco-based property developer Seven Hills, said that will be the case, assuming the city approves the permit — a process that is likely to take four to six months.
The project is now is in the “due diligence” phase, but the only thing that could stop it at this point, Harkestad says, is if an environmental issue is discovered. A bank is also scheduled to be on the property but Harkestad didn’t know the bank’s name.
Robin Hood Lanes owner Mike Gubsch, contacted by My Edmonds News on Tuesday, said he knew that there had been discussions about purchasing the property, but wasn’t aware that Walgreens had applied for a permit. According to Gubsch, the land is owned by an Edmonds family while the Robin Hood Lanes building is owned by John Gunther, who used to own the bowling alley. Gubsch said that he and Gunther had been trying to buy the land but the family was unwilling to sell.
Harkestad said that the property owners’ lease with Gunther has a provision that allows them to break the lease when the land is sold.
Assuming the city approves the permit, the bowling alley would be razed and construction would begin in late summer 2012 and the Walgreens would be open for business by February 2013 at the earliest, Harkestad said.
As for Gubsch, who also owns West Seattle Bowl, he said it’s unlikely he’ll find affordable property in Edmonds where he can relocate, but he may end up in North Seattle, where he is looking at property.
“We want to stay. We want to be here,” Gubsch said.