Town & Country Markets Plans Central Market Unit in Lifestyle Center

Town & Country Markets Inc. is planting stakes in a new residential and mixed-use urban development in Issaquah, Wash., with a 50,000 square foot store planned to open in 2010.

Town & Country Markets, which already operates six stores in the Puget Sound area, will start construction on the new store in 2009 at The High Streets, a retail-entertainment mixed-use center being developed by Port Blakely Communities.

"Central Market's unsurpassed quality, excellent customer service and dynamic array of store features makes it a perfect fit for Issaquah Highlands," said Judd Kirk, CEO of Port Blakely Communities. "Not only will the store feature locally grown and harvested produce, but in keeping with Issaquah Highlands' Living Green philosophy, it will be built to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System Certification. LEED certification emphasizes sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality -- all in keeping with Issaquah Highlands' commitment to sustainability."

"Our group first toured the Issaquah Highlands store site in 2003 and we immediately connected to the values and long-term vision of the community," said Larry Nakata, president of Town & Country Markets. "With the exciting growth of Issaquah in recent years, we feel the timing is right and we are excited and eager to do our best to serve the Highlands and greater Issaquah area."

The grocer’s Central Markets are destination stores with a broad scope of quality, selection and value that attracts shoppers from both local neighborhoods and the greater surrounding areas.

The Central Market concept was born with the opening of Central Market in Poulsbo in 1995. In 2000, the Shoreline Thriftway was remodeled to become the second Central Market. The third Central Market opened in September of 2004 in Mill Creek. The High Streets at Issaquah Highlands store will be the company's fourth Central Market.

The company was founded in 1957 with the opening of Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island, and also includes Ballard and Greenwood Markets.
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