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‘Why should I bother to come downtown?’:
Macy’s closure highlights challenges for
Seattle’s retail core

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Posted By: Ron_lfp, 2/24/2020 10:35:39 AM

Last Tuesday, as Carol Gable Hare picked through the clearance bargains at the Macy’s in downtown Seattle, the longtime customer found herself wondering if she would keep shopping downtown after the store — one of her favorites — shuts down Sunday. “You have that feeling of, ‘Well, why should I bother to come downtown?’” said the Queen Anne resident. “Which is sad.” Gable Hare isn’t the only one asking that question.

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The city is continually taking away on-street parking. The prosecuter won't charge shoplifters or those with 50 hits of heroin. There was a double homicide across the street in January... Why come?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 2/24/2020 10:41:15 AM (No. 328246)
We lived in Seattle for a little more than a year in the 60s. Shopping downtown was no fun because of the scarcity of parking. The CW was to park where you wanted, get a ticket, leave the ticket on the window. Paying the ticket was cheaper and more convenient than having to find parking. Back then Best’s was the very best shopping. It was later merged with Nordstrom (then only a shoe store) and became what we know as Nordstrom. We now have a Macy’s within what would be walking distance. Not worth it.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Michaelus 2/24/2020 10:53:24 AM (No. 328266)
"...challenges loom for retailers there. The most visible may be homelessness and chronic street crime..." So it is not Amazon it is the fact that the place is full of bums and violent druggies. Rather than solve the problem they will let Seattle go the way of Detroit and Baltimore and Portland and San Diego and let the dirtbags run rampant. Seattle ended when the Tuba Man was beaten to death.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: karo 2/24/2020 11:04:25 AM (No. 328277)
It's a shame to see that store closing. For decades it was The Bon Marché. It has some really beautiful murals and such inside. When downtown department stores were the grand dames of retail.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: NWPA 2/24/2020 11:05:39 AM (No. 328279)
To add to #2, it cost $80 an hour for security! The comments after suggest that city council members don't live in downtown or walk around to see what their votes have wrought. This nugget was interesting fta: The city of Seattle believed “the revenue opportunities of paid parking were more important to the city than the purpose of the parking."
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rather Read 2/24/2020 11:45:45 AM (No. 328324)
I live in a small town but I can understand why customers think twice about shopping downtown. I used to go to Nashville often, but the crowds!!! It's all but impossible to get parking and the traffic is insane.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DARling 2/24/2020 11:54:22 AM (No. 328338)
Not only does one have to deal with bums and criminals, there is also the tendency for stores like Macy's to cut back on customer service and name brands in order to "compete" with Amazon. The only thing that keeps me shopping in brick and mortar stores is customer service. If you take that away, you take away my reason for getting dressed and leaving my house to shop. I am so accustomed to poor service these days that I leave glowing reviews if I am lucky enough to be waited on by a clerk who cares enough to help me find what I want, in the proper size, and ring up my purchase. They have removed so many check stands at my Macy's that I often leave when I cannot make my purchase in a timely fashion. It is not a downtown thing. It is a lowering of standards thing.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday 2/24/2020 2:40:23 PM (No. 328542)
I am pessimistic regarding the future of brick and mortar retail. Online shopping is just too convenient. Certain businesses will prevail...grocery, specialty stores, restaurants, etc. but department stores will go online or pretty much cease to exist. Add the bums and crime in big-city downtowns and the future looks grim to me.
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