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February 13th, 2013
Retailer Zara to open at Westlake Center
Westlake Center is Zara's first ever Seattle retail store. Real Retail Partner Brynn Telkamp explains Westlake's re-branding of the entire shopping center.
June 25th, 2012
New Shopping Center Planned for Issaquah Highlands
Regency Centers, a Florida-based shopping center developer, has announced that it will start construction on Grand Ridge Plaza, a 280,000-square-foot shopping center on 24.58 acres in the Issaquah Highlands residential development in Issaquah...
February 28th, 2012
After decade of delay, Belltown finally to get community center
After more than a decade of searching and trying to find the ideal place for a Belltown Community Center, one is finally going up in the neighborhood at Fifth Avenue and Bell Street this May.
September 30th, 2011
Seattle's Kress Building, future J.C. Penney site, is sold
The Kress Building — soon to be home to downtown Seattle's first J.C. Penney store in 30 years — was sold this week to a New York-based shopping-center investment company for nearly $29 million... J.C. Penney...signed a lease in May for about 48,000 square feet — two-thirds of the building...
August 29th, 2011
JC Penney returning to Seattle downtown
JC Penney is returning to downtown Seattle after leaving nearly 30 years ago, becoming the latest moderately priced clothing-store chain to set its sights on a growing number of shoppers who live and work in the citys urban core. Plano, Texas-based Penney plans to open a store in the Kress building at Third Avenue and Pike Street, a block from where Penney once had a Seattle outpost...
June 28th, 2011
Chef Michael Mina's RN74 arrives in downtown Seattle
"A quick peek inside Michael Mina's RN74 tells you: Wow, we aren't in a Rite-Aid anymore. No, we're in a casual but high-level wine bar and restaurant created by one of the nation's most successful chefs. The corner of Fourth Avenue and Pike Street, formerly home of a drugstore, never had it so good..."
June 6th, 2011
Opening Date for Potbelly Sandwich Works
"On Tuesday, June 7, Potbelly Sandwich Shop opens its first Seattle store downtown at (The Joshua Green Building) Fourth and Pike. If you've never experienced Potbelly, it's like this: people...are obsessed with it."...
April 4th, 2011
New Owners Want a New Look for 1926 Building on Westlake
Say goodbye to the four-story Detlef Schrempf mural in South Lake Union. It's going away as part of a total makeover of the old Athletic Supply Building at 224 Westlake Ave N. The story of this building illustrates whats happening in the neighborhood. Now that and other large companies have moved in, small investors are following...

...Andrews said the asking rate for the ground-floor space, which also could be retail, is $40 a foot plus expenses. His company is marketing the space. Seattle broker Brynn Telkamp of Real Retail said that's about what similar space would go for in the downtown retail core. “South Lake Union is blooming. You walk in South Lake Union in the daytime and everybody is so excited. There are so many people and new retailers on the street."...

March 15th, 2011
Twinkle Toes for Plymouth Housing
One of the most unique fundraisers in the area, 'Seattle Dances!', brought in about $410,000 for Plymouth Housing recently, a takeoff on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, only better, judging from this year's network lineup. The event supports Plymouth's worthy mission to eradicate homelessness. Plymouth Housing executive director Paul Lambros was elated, as were co chairs Barb Nystrom and Maria Royer. The gala involved a slate of eight business and community leaders who had been training for months, dancing with professional dancers from Century Ballroom in Seattle...
September 27th, 2010
NH Shopping Center Update
Several members of the community met on Tuesday, September 28 to hear presentations and comments from Real Retail, Heartland, and the City of Bellevue. Here are some of the highlights: Maria Royer of Real Retail was hired by the City to complete Phase I of the project which was to complete a retail analysis of the NH community. She studied the trade area of two miles surrounding Newport Hills, leaving out areas of Mercer Island. The competition in this area include the shopping centers along Coal Creek Parkway and Factoria Blvd...
August 16th, 2010
Michael Mina sees Green with RN74 Seattle
Last spring, I broke the news that chef Michael Mina planned to bring his San Francisco treat, RN74, to Seattle. Back then, the Mina Group was pleading the Fifth regarding the location for their long-rumored foray into Seattle-restaurant territory, but they've since made the big announcement: they'll be moving into the newly renovated Joshua Green Building at Fourth and Pike. Seattle's RN74, slated to open in March, 2011, will echo San Francisco's in both menu (with regional French specialties given the local-and-sustainable treatment) and Euro train-station-styled design (Rick Steves should feel at home)...
August 15th, 2010
Catch up with Bothell Landing
From its founding, Bothell has been a riverfront community of tenacious people, with great vision and entrepreneurial mindset. In recent years, the people of Bothell determined it was time to re-invent their downtown. They wanted to create a place that truly reflected the values and fabric of their community, both for current and future generations. A planning effort was hatched and significant land was purchased to ensure the success of the revitalized downtown. And, in 2010, ground was broken and the downtown vision began to become reality...
June 27th, 2010
Opening Day Approaches for Hale's Ales in Kitsap Mall
SILVERDALE — Hale's Alehouse at Kitsap Mall is set for a gradual opening just before the Fourth of July, offering fans of crafted beer another option in a scene thats tiny but growing. "There seemed to be a good opportunity over here. In Seattle, you can find a really nice pub almost on every corner," said Mike Hale, founder and president of Fremont-based Hale's Ales. His beer will be brewed at Fremont, then brought to Silverdale.
June 23rd, 2010
Experts: Bellevue's booming downtown needs more street level retail
Downtown Bellevue is a retail powerhouse that has economic potential to spare. But there is still plenty to be desired when it comes to shopping and dining in the area. That's according to Jana Koeberle and Maria Royer, two retail experts who spoke Tuesday at the Bellevue Downtown Association breakfast at the Hyatt Regency. Koeberle is vice president of leasing for Kemper Development Company, and Royer is a partner with industry consultant Real Retail. Both women agreed that Bellevue could benefit from more street-level retail and boutique-style businesses – like chef-driven restaurants, for example...
June 17th, 2010
Trader Joe's confirms it's coming to West Seattle
Trader Joe's will open its first West Seattle store next year at 4545 Fauntleroy Way S.W., the company confirmed Wednesday. The West Seattle Blog reported in April that the California-based chain, which is owned by a wealthy German family, planned to occupy the former Huling Brothers Buick location. It has about 14,200 square feet. The chain has 16 stores in Washington, including in Ballard, the University District and on Capitol Hill. The new store in Seattle will be just down the street from a stalled development where Whole Foods was going to open later this year. That opening time frame is no longer realistic, according to Whole Foods spokeswoman Vicki Foley. "We are still negotiating with the developer over the site," she said.
May 17th, 2010
Making Way For Main Street
For Bothell, Washington, Main Street is a way of life. Now, through two transportation initiatives, Bothell is extending its Main Street, adding retail, restaurants and other uses to make life more enjoyable and make the city a more attractive place to be...
May 5th, 2010
Edgy fashion retailer AllSaints to take former Coldwater Creek space downtown
AllSaints Spitalfields, an upmarket clothing chain based in London, will soon set up shop on a prominent downtown Seattle corner, establishing its first Northwest location after expanding to the U.S. last year.
The edgy fashion retailer said Wednesday it signed a multiyear lease for a large store vacated by women's clothier Coldwater Creek at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street...
April 15th, 2010
Performance Bicycle coming to Tukwila
Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of shopping centers, has leased retail space in Tukwila at Southcenter Plaza to Performance Bicycle Shop. Specializing in cycling equipment, apparel and accessories, Performance Bicycle Shop has leased 8,040 square feet of retail space and is slated to open for business this Fall. Performance Bicycle has four Washington locations in Lynnwood, Redmond, Seattle and Tacoma and eighty-six stores nationwide. The 170,000-square-foot shopping center is anchored by a Target store alongside national retailers such as Starbucks, Supercuts, Quizno’s and Burger King.
April 8th, 2010
New Broadway art supply store opens this week
Thursday is a big night for Capitol Hill art. April's Blitz Capitol Hill arts walk takes its regular second Thursday turn, for one. For two, Capitol Hill's new art supply store Blick Art Materials is scheduled to open its doors for the first time. Blick claims to have the "largest selection of quality art materials," and a quick peek into the store's windows reveals rows of art supply that make full usage of their generous portion of real estate that EveryDay Music used to call home.
April 7th, 2010
VoVito Caffe & Gelato comes to the Bravern
The Bravern today announced a much anticipated coffee shop tenant! VoVito Caffe & Gelato will open mid-June and occupy a nearly 2,500 square foot space on 110th Avenue NE, adjacent to the outdoor fireplace. The shop's concept was born from Eastside entrepreneurs Ariff and Shairose Gulamani. VoVito will offer "coffee for connoisseurs," says Ariff – the best in hand-crafted espresso, coffee and tea beverages by the cup, box or carafe, along with smoothies and milkshakes. Fresh, custom-made gelato and gelato desserts and cakes, ice cream, sorbetto, salads, baked goods, sweet bites, cold plates (cheese and fruit), and assorted finger foods will round out the menu. According to the Seattle Times Coffee City blog, the cafe will also be home to the regions third "Slayer" machine, giving baristas more control over the coffee creation process. VoVito Caffe & Gelato plans to open every morning at 6:30 a.m.
April 7th, 2010
Bothell hopes road projects will bring new investments to town
Hopes are high in Bothell, as the city begins work on $150 million in public projects that officials say could lead to as much as $750 million worth of investment downtown...One developer, PJ Santos of Lorax Partners, says Bothell has done "a killer job" laying a foundation for redeveloping downtown. Santos was formerly with Opus Northwest, where he worked on a similar project in Bremerton, and said Bothell officials have sought advice from him and other Seattle-area real estate experts, including Bruce Lorig of Lorig Associates, Maria Royer of Real Retail and Eric Cambell of CamWest.
March 2nd, 2010
Coldwater space going, going...
Don't expect Coldwater Creek's high-profile retail space to be vacant long.
Maria Royer of Real Retail, who has been marketing the 13,600-square-foot store in downtown Seattle's 5th & Pine Building for about 18 months, says she's receiving multiple offers. She expects to announce a deal next month, with the new tenant opening by fall....
February 18th, 2010
Old Navy to move for Forever 21 downtown
...Forever 21, a fast-growing, moderately priced-clothing chain, plans to open a large store this fall in the space now occupied by Old Navy at Sixth Avenue and Pine Street. Old Navy, in turn, will move a block westward along Pine to be under the same roof as sister retailer Gap.

Forever 21 will occupy about 38,000 square feet over three floors, said Maria Royer, who negotiated the deal on behalf of San Francisco-based Gap...
December 11th, 2009
Evergreen Healthcare plans new Redmond facility
Evergreen Healthcare is planning a new 32,000-square-foot facility in downtown Redmond. The new facility would consolidate Evergreen’s current Redmond offices and would be located in the Bella Bottega shopping center in the former Gray Barn Nursery at State Route 202 and Northeast 90th Street...
December 10th, 2009
...We will be moving into a beautiful vintage building on 10th Avenue between Pike and Pine. The building dates from 1918—and was the original Ford truck service center for Seattle....
December 9th, 2009
Elliott Bay Book Co. moving to Capitol Hill
Hurt by the recession and ongoing issues in Pioneer Square, Elliott Bay Book Co. is leaving after 36 years for an old Ford truck-repair center on Capitol Hill. Construction is under way at 1521 10th Ave., where the bookstore will open as early as March...
November 18th, 2009
Sip Wine Bar Opens at 5th & Madison
Sip at the Wine Bar & Restaurant opens its doors at 5th and Madison in downtown Seattle to the public this Friday, November 20th. But they have a special pre-opening introduction for the public during lunch hour on Wednesday, November 18th. From noon - 1pm, Sip is offering up a FREE lunch of their delicious sliders and a side of fries to anyone who stops by...,0,6636654.story
November 6th, 2009
Swink Style Bar Opens
If you leave work at five; take the express bus home; wet, dry, and style your hair; reapply your eyes; and then grab a cab, at what time and cost will you arrive to dinner?
If you answered less-than-fashionably late, drop in to Swink, downtown’s new blowout bar...
October 12th, 2009
Governor, Dignitaries Break Ground on Issaquah HighlandsHospital
Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Ava Frisinger and hospital executives broke ground on a Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands today.