Arrive by car, bus, commuter train, foot or bike. Enjoy dinner at one of 11 new eating establishments, access the internet for free on your laptop in the 30,000 square foot outdoor civic plaza that includes an outdoor, two-sided fireplace and water feature, and catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie on one of 14 movie screens at AMC Theatre. It’s all possible in downtown Kent as Phase I of Kent Station officially opens. Green River Community College (GRCC) has been operating on site since September.
Tenants in Phase I of Kent Station will open for business as early as November 4 and will continue openings throughout November and December in anticipation of AMC Theatre’s opening night on December 14th. Project developer Tarragon is scheduling several special on site events on Saturdays in November and December to celebrate the opening. Updated schedules will be available at www.kentstation.com.
There will be plenty of free parking, and the transit garage will be open until 2:30 a.m. every morning for public use. New traffic lights at 4th and Ramsay Way and at 2nd and Smith allow for easy access in and out of Kent Station.
Phase I is generally entertainment and food based with service and retail tenants. In an effort to keep the flavor of Kent Station local, Tarragon has balanced the mix of tenants between national and local companies. Kent Station will include a Duke’s Chowder House, Fondi Pizzeria, the Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Dilettante Espres-so and Mocha Café, Johnny Rockets, Jamba Juice, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Zao Noodle Bar, Zephyr Grill & Bar, Cow Chip Cookies and Cold Stone Creamery.
Other retail businesses opening in November and December will include Zumiez, USSD Martial Arts, Pac Sun, Optic Gallery, Hot Topic, EB Games, Claire’s Boutique, Hair Masters, T-Mobile and Desert Sun Tanning.
Phase II of Kent Station will include 80,000 additional square feet of retail. Tarragon is focused on landing several teen and Generation Y clothing retailers, as well as signing more traditional apparel retailers. Tarragon hopes to complete construction of Phase II of Kent Station in Fall of 2006.
Phase III of the project is 140 residential units, and Phase IV of the project will be additional space for GRCC.