With the former sign taken down, a car and pedestrian walk past the empty Sears building at Alderwood mall on Monday in Lynnwood. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

With the former sign taken down, a car and pedestrian walk past the empty Sears building at Alderwood mall on Monday in Lynnwood. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sporting goods, restaurant to replace Sears at Alderwood

LYNNWOOD — Alderwood mall plans to demolish the former Sears and replace it with two stores including Dave &Busters, a popular chain restaurant, sports bar and arcade.

Alderwood is luring Dave &Busters from the stalled Lynnwood Place development across the street. The other store is reportedly Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“Dave &Busters is a definite because they’ve been calling us non-stop,” said Todd Hall, Lynnwood’s planning manager.

The mall is expected to ask for a demolition permit from the city some time this week, Hall said. The mall also plans to make several other changes, including adding building pads for a handful of new businesses that would be located in what is now the parking lot.

The mall also wants to rebuild a service area connected to the main building to create a storefront, Hall said.

The 178,000-square-foot Sears shut down earlier this year. General Growth Partners, a Chicago company that owns the mall, is redeveloping the site with joint venture partner Seritage.

The idea is to make the former Sears location an outdoor village, much like what Alderwood has done with the north end of the mall, near the P.F. Chang’s restaurant.

Initial plans call for a 40,000-square-foot building to house Dave &Busters and a 70,000-square-foot, two-story building to house what is expected to be Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hall said.

He didn’t know what other businesses would be coming.

Dave &Busters, which uses the slogan “Eat. Drink. Play,” is kind of a Chuck E. Cheese with beer for adults. Dave &Busters was expected to be a centerpiece at the Lynnwood Place development at the former Lynnwood High School site across 184th Street SW.

Texas-based Cypress Equities built the Costco at 18109 33rd Ave. W two years ago and planned a second phase of the development with hundreds of apartments, retail and restaurants.

But Hall said that Cypress Equities walked away from that project a year ago. And now Dave &Busters is looking to land at Alderwood.

Dave &Busters did not return phone calls. A spokeswoman for Dick’s Sporting Goods said she could not confirm whether her company would locate at Alderwood.

Dave &Busters has been expanding, adding about four new stores a year. The company just announced its first Washington location, at Auburn’s The Outlet Collection.

As for Lynnwood Place, Edmonds School District spokeswoman Debbie Joyce Jakala said in an email that Cypress Equities withdrew interest from completing the second phase of construction at the former high school site. The school district is in negotiations with a second developer.

Lease payments from the project are required by law to go into a capital fund for the school district, Jakala said. Those funds are uncommitted.

It will not replace the need for future bonds, but the school district expects to use the money to make repairs and complete ongoing maintenance at yet to be determined sites, she said.

Jim Davis: 425-339-3097; jdavis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @HBJnews.

Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Business

The Westwood Rainier is one of the seven ships in the Westwood line. The ships serve ports in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast Asia. (Photo provided by Swire Shipping)
Westwood Shipping Lines, an Everett mainstay, has new name

The four green-hulled Westwood vessels will keep their names, but the ships will display the Swire Shipping flag.

Lead climbers head up their respective routes at Vertical World North on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, in Lynnwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Beginner’s ascent: A newcomer’s guide to indoor climbing

Indoor climbing gyms in and around Snohomish County offer thrills without winter chills.

Alexis Burroughs holds a bigleaf maple leaf while guiding her participants through sensory observation during a forest bathing session Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, at Lord Hill Regional Park near Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
To restore human bond with nature, locals lead forest bathing sessions

A yoga instructor in Bothell and Adopt a Stream in Everett say the meditative practice evokes emotion, health benefits.

Instructor Gael Gebow checks her stopwatch while tracking her group’s exercises during her Boot Camp fitness class Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, at the YMCA in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
YMCA fitness instructor challenges, empowers Everett residents

Gael Gebow has made inclusivity and healthy living her focus in 23 years at the YMCA.

A view of the Broadway construction site of Compass Health’s new mental health facility on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Compass Health dedicates Everett block to housing and behavioral health services

The “state-of-the-art” project is set to total over $90M. The nonprofit has asked for public support.

More than 150 people attend a ribbon cutting event on Nov. 16, 2023 celebrating the completion of Innovation Hall at the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The building, which highlights STEM instruction and research, opens to students in January. Credit: Tara Brown Photography/UW Bothell
New science, math facility opens in January at UW Bothell

Innovation Hall is the first new building to be constructed at the Bothell university campus in 10 years.

Everett
Rairdon Auto Group acquires Pignataro VW in Everett

Everett VW dealership is the 12th for the Rairdon Group, which marks 30 years in business this year.

A Keyport ship docked at Lake Union in Seattle in June 2018. The ship spends most of the year in Alaska harvesting Golden King crab in the Bering Sea. During the summer it ties up for maintenance and repairs at Lake Union. (Keyport LLC)
In crabbers’ turbulent moment, Edmonds seafood processor ‘saved our season’

When a processing plant in Alaska closed, Edmonds-based business Keyport stepped up to solve a “no-win situation.”

Angela Harris, Executive Director of the Port of Edmonds, stands at the port’s marina on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Leadership, love for the Port of Edmonds got exec the job

Shoring up an aging seawall is the first order of business for Angela Harris, the first woman to lead the Edmonds port.

The Cascade Warbirds fly over Naval Station Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald file)
Bothell High School senior awarded $2,500 to keep on flying

Cascade Warbirds scholarship helps students 16-21 continue flight training and earn a private pilot’s certificate.

Rachel Gardner, the owner of Musicology Co., a new music boutique record store on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in Edmonds, Washington. Musicology Co. will open in February, selling used and new vinyl, CDs and other music-related merchandise. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
New Edmonds record shop intends to be a ‘destination for every musician’

Rachel Gardner opened Musicology Co. this month, filling a record store gap in Edmonds.

MyMyToyStore.com owner Tom Harrison at his brick and mortar storefront on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Burst pipe permanently closes downtown Everett toy store

After a pipe flooded the store, MyMyToystore in downtown Everett closed. Owner Tom Harrison is already on to his next venture.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.