Shake Shack is opening a location at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 22, 2023Shake Shack, the popular New York City-based burger chain, is opening a location at 18800 Alderwood Mall Parkway in Lynnwood. The opening date, however, has not yet been publicly announced.

Last month, Matt Wilson with Chandler Signs on behalf of Shake Shack, applied for a variance associated with sign permits for two drive through menu signs along Alderwood Mall Parkway, according to city records. That application was deemed complete on May 2.

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Construction of the upcoming Shake Shack of Alderwood in the Lynnwood City Center on May 11, 2023. SOURCE: Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore.

Zebra Architecture sent a project design review to Lynnwood Development and Building Services recently, highlighting some of the project’s concepts. Included in that document the restaurant is stated to have a drive through, partially covered patio, and parking. Additionally, the brand new building will have both a light and dark masonry veneer, a steel canopy that will wrap around the building and provide coverage for pedestrians and drive through customers, large windows, and outdoor dining furniture.

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Items on Shake Shack menu. SOURCE: Shake Shack Facebook page.

Next steps in the process are to acquire necessary permits, including but not limited to grading, building, mechanical, and electrical permits. A public hearing before the Lynnwood Hearing Examiner will also be scheduled for a future date.

Shake Shack opened in 2001 as a standalone hotdog stand in New York City’s Madison Square Park, as an initiative by the city to rebrand and repurpose the park, which had fallen into disuse.

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Interior of a Shake Shack location in Florida. SOURCE: Zebra Architecture.

What was intended to be a single New York City hot dog stand, evolved into one of the fastest-growing fast food chains with over 400 locations globally, expanding its menu from New York-style hotdogs to burgers, crinkle fries, and the Shake Shack’s namesake milkshakes. The average hamburger price at a Shake Shack runs from $4.75 to $7.7.

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Shake Shack milkshakes. SOURCE: Shake Shack Facebook page.

Danny Meyer, Shake Shack’s founder, made a name for himself within the New York City restauranteur scene for opening the Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Cafe 2 within the Museum of Modern Art, prior to opening the first Shake Shack restaurant.

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Construction of the upcoming Shake Shack of Alderwood in the Lynnwood City Center on May 11, 2023. SOURCE: Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore.

According to CNBC, the average Shake Shack location generates $4 million in revenue, which is more than twice of your average McDonald’s restaurant. According to permit records, the construction of the Lynnwood location is valued at $1 million.

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Artist rendition of the upcoming Shake Shack of Alderwood in the Lynnwood City Center on May 11, 2023. SOURCE: City of Lynnwood Development & Business Services.

The Shake Shack at Alderwood will be the latest dining and shopping option in Lynnwood’s City Center after the most recent opening of Fogo de Chãu steakhouse last month and the “live, work, play,” addition of the Avalon Bay apartment complexes last year.

Kienan Briscoe

Kienan Briscoe is a 9-time award winning journalist who has worked for a variety of publications including Pulitzer Prize-finalist Puget Sound Business Journal, Sound Publishing, Game Rant, and the University of Washington's newsroom. Before making the leap to news reporting he worked as a freelance writer in New York City. He holds a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. Journalism, to him, is one of the most important tools for informing the public and holding governments accountable to the people. When he is not reporting he enjoys writing fiction and poetry (author of three novels), playing guitar, reading classic literature, and getting outdoors.

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