Coming soon to downtown Kirkland: the new Kirkland Market. The indoor, year-round market (15 Lake Street in downtown Kirkland) is looking to be quite an exciting development. The former J.C. Penney building is under construction and has shed its former name, Lake Street Mall. The building boasts two floors for a dozen or so merchants with access from both Lake Street and the marina.
According to marketing materials we have found online, the new Kirkland Market "offers the eastside the opportunity to shop for farm-fresh produce, specialty food items, and artisan wares year-round. Dining opportunities abound – from award-winning restaurants to intimate coffee and pastry shops."
The market is currently reviewing applications for merchants.
From the images we've seen, this looks like a great addition to downtown Kirkland. It reminds me of two of my favorite spots which were also reclaimed from former uses: San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace and Seattle's Melrose Market. Both of these offer dining, shopping and lively atmospheres in re-purposed buildings. Our hope is that these two successful marketplaces are models for the new Kirkland Market.
According to city staff, the roof-top sign as depicted below would not be permitted under current regulations.