The Changing Face Of Seattle Shopping
The face of downtown Seattle shopping seems to be changing. Last week the Cartier store at the Pacific Place mall closed, deciding to focus their efforts on their branded display at the new Neiman Marcus store in downtown Bellevue. This week Coldwater Creek has announced they will be closing their downtown Seattle store located in the old Nordstrom building at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street. Both stores left when their leases expired but it does seem to indicate a change in Seattle's shopping scene. The Seattle Times reports that other stores in the area have also closed their doors. Other retailers remaining in the Fifth & Pine building include Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Sephora. These moves seem to reverse a trend that started around ten years ago when the announcement of major condo projects sent retailers toward downtown in hopes of capitalizing on a revitalized community. Some area malls aren't faring too much better the loss of larger retailers have left some malls with vacant holes.