Wenatchee sells property for new Hooked on Toys store

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The City of Wenatchee is moving forward with the sale of a parcel of property on North Wenatchee Avenue to Hooked on Toys.

The retailer will be relocating its store from its current location to the new one-acre property previously occupied by Northwest Wholesalers behind State Farm insurance.

The city is selling the 73,000-square-foot parcel for about $1.2 million.

The deal hinges on an environmental study and the planned extension of McKittrick Street across Wenatchee Avenue next year.

Mayor Frank Kuntz said the sale is a good deal for the city and Hooked on Toys.

“It will be a good addition to Smitty’s and those folks in that area,” Kuntz said.

Efforts to talk with Hooked on Toys about moving their store were unsuccessful Friday.

The visibility of the store will be improved when it moves from its current location, just south of the new site.

It also will be easier to access, with a stoplight planned for the intersection of McKitrick and North Wenatchee Avenue.

The City first bought the property as part of its North Wenatchee Avenue redevelopment.

Those included the McKittrick street extension and construction of Columbia Street. The Hooked on Toys property sale is expected to close in January.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.