Bellevue, WA - Main Street Place

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Bellevue, WA - Main Street Place

Post by VibeGuy »

There’s a center bounded by 108th ave, 110th Ave, Main St and NE 2nd Sf that is being redeveloped into “Main Street Place”, a mixed use development with 1500 dwellings, 1MMft^2 of office space, ground level retail and dining, all spread over 6 buildings up to 16 floors, with a common subsurface parking structure.

Online parcel records have it all under common ownership of affiliates of Benenson since the 1970s, but I’m trying to figure out what the original retail mix was. Currently, the site hosts a former Toys/Babies R Us on the SE corner, and an H-Mart/Petsmart/Office Depot, and I figured out part of it was once an Albertsons grocery store, but the exterior construction/materials and total floor space don’t add up. Specifically, I don’t think the Toys R Us was built as a Toys R Us, but 45,000ft^2 also seems awfully large for a 60s-70s Albertsons. Here’s a photo of the exterior wall detail that struck me as not quite matching either firm’s style.
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I don’t think it was a White Front (too small, and I think their only Bellevue location was at Overlake). That said, the larger building to the north, built in 1968, has been awkwardly split into three tenants and clearly had a former life that doesn’t exactly scream grocery either. It looks like the partition dates back to at least 1994, and CompUSA was at least the second tenant who occupied the southernmost part of the partition starting in 1995-6, after Marshall’s retreated. It has a footprint of 73Kft^2.

Here’s a detail of the second building exterior.
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Anyone got any ideas?
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Re: Bellevue, WA - Main Street Place

Post by tkaye »

The Office Depot and Petsmart building was originally a P-X Sooper Market. It was not only a grocery but had a drug store and outdoor nursery as well. I can't pin down the exact date it was built, but it was around 1962. Mayfair Markets bought out P-X in 1964. Here's what it looked like as a Mayfair in 1969. After Mayfair's Seattle division went to Lucky in the mid-'70s, the space was split with an art supply store.

Toys R Us was a House of Values store built in 1968, later absorbed by PayLess.
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