Walgreens, which is hoping to build a new store on the Edmonds Way property currently occupied by Robin Hood Lanes, has released plans for a “Wellness Center,” the first Walgreens store of its kind in Snohomish County.
The fate of the store will be determined by City of Edmonds Hearing Examiner Phil Olbrechts. He is expected to issue a decision in the next few weeks following a June 14 hearing on whether an application to build a Walgreens and a bank on the Westgate-area property meets city and state building and environmental requirements.
Seven Hills Properties is under contract to purchase the bowling alley property at 9801 Edmonds Way, with the deal scheduled to close in six to nine months. The developer proposes to subdivide it into two lots and build an approximately 14,490-square-foot Walgreens with a single drive-through lane and a 3,373 square-foot-bank with three drive-through lanes. Site work will include installation of approximately 19 parking spaces on the newly subdivided property, landscaping and pedestrian access.
Walgreens spokeswoman Natalie Quick said the new $3-million store, if approved for the site, will focus on “comprehensive health care, wellness and prevention,” with a modern store layout that includes fresh produce, soft lighting and wider aisles. The store will create 25 to 30 permanent store positions and Walgreens will interview all bowling alley employees who are interested in working there, she said.
“Our vision is to bring holistic wellness solutions to residents and families in Edmonds and we felt this new store model would fit well within the Edmonds community,” added Bruce Phillip, district manager for Walgreens’ Seattle North Division.
Opponents of the project have been conducting letter-writing campaigns and organized a “Rally for the Alley” protest earlier this year.