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New True Value location to open in August
In less than three weeks, True Value will be moving to its new location in the MI Shopping Center on S.E. 27th Street.
The hardware store, owned by De Calvert, has occupied the space below the Islander Pub for 27 years.
With the coming construction of the Legacy mixed-use building, True Value had no leeway — it was either move or go out of business.
"We're doing as best as we possibly can under these circumstances," said Calvert.
The future location, formerly the Overlake Clinic, is next to Walgreens and is a smaller space of 5,700 square feet. It has had to be thoroughly gutted. True Value will lose 1,000 square feet and its outdoor patio space. As a result, the rentals department will be considerably downsized.
Calvert signed the lease with the MI Shopping Center, LLC, in March.
Perimeter walls are being taken down at the current location as preparations for the move are well underway. The hardware store has 15,000 items in stock. Willow, Calvert's Australian shepherd, can still be seen in the aisles of the store, where she has been greeting customers for 15 1/2 years.
With the wrecking ball expected on Aug. 1, True Value must be out of the 76th Avenue building by July 31.
"We hope the Island will continue to support us as they have in the past," Calvert said.
Legacy Mercer Island is a five-story residential and commercial project that will include 209 apartments and a number of affordable units, 258 parking spaces, a public plaza and commercial and retail space.
True Value's new address will be 7707 S.E. 27th Street, Suite 110.
Mercer Island Reporter intern Jenny Flick contributed to this article.