EVERETT — Six months after fire destroyed its flagship store, Judd & Black Appliance has found a new home.
Its new Everett location is scheduled to open March 22 at 510 SW Everett Mall Way.
With 17,000 square feet, the new Judd & Black will be almost twice as large as the previous store. The venue is in the former Circuit City.
Leaders of the long-time Everett business say they are fulfilling a promise.
“Our first store opened in Everett in 1940 and we had been at 3001 Hewitt since 1962,” said company president Bob Long, a third-generation owner of Judd & Black Appliance. “That Sept. 21 fire was devastating to our employees, but we were determined to quickly reopen in a building that would better serve our many loyal Everett customers.”
Investigators determined that arson was the cause of the three-alarm fire. Damage has been estimated at $3.5 million.
The fire destroyed one of the oldest structures in Everett. Its main piece, the Bast Building, opened in 1892, a year before the city was founded. It housed a dentist’s office in the 1890s; later, it was home to a saloon, a motorcycle shop, a hardware store and hotels before Judd & Black moved in 57 years ago.
Police haven’t said what led them to conclude an arsonist sparked the fire — only that it appeared to have started outside the building on a Friday night. No one has been charged with the crime.
The future of the Hewitt Avenue site has not been determined.
“We have not received any plans related to the demolition of the building,” said Meghan Pembroke, a city spokeswoman. “The city has been in contact with the property owner and will continue to communicate with them.”
The new Everett store includes three more appliance lines, a customer lounge, easier access and more parking, Long said. “We’re also expanding our weekday closing hour to 7 p.m. to make it easier for guests to visit us.”
The grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. March 22 with Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and several generations of the Long family in attendance. Refreshments will be served all weekend and guests may enter a drawing for a Samsung four-piece kitchen suite valued at more than $4,000.
“We are very appreciative of the support we’ve received from city staff, contractors and suppliers that enabled us to reopen so quickly,” Long said.
Judd & Black Appliance is a locally owned and family-operated independent appliance retailer with six locations in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. It offers sales, delivery, installation, parts and service on more than 25 appliance and barbecue brands.
The Everett store will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.