Ben Bridge Jeweler, a longtime Seattle-based company, is again demonstrating its belief in the city’s core by opening a new flagship store downtown. Despite recent tumultuous years with pandemic-driven challenges and civil unrest, the downtown location had its best two years on record and is betting on the city’s vitality and is planting its flag at the heart of the metropolis. Ben Bridge had been in their previous location for 94 years.
The new 5,315-square-foot store, located at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street, softly opened on May 26 and had it’s grand opening celebration on June 8. This space, more spacious than the retailer’s previous location at Fourth Avenue and Pike Street, lies at the center of a bustling street scene across from Nordstrom flag ship and Westlake Center.
CEO Lisa Bridge emphasized that the company, which has been a part of Seattle for over 111 years, remains committed to the city despite various economic ebbs and flows. She hopes this new investment will serve as a catalyst for other retailers to invest in downtown Seattle, following in the footsteps of companies like Uniqlo that have recently opened stores.
Ben Bridge’s confidence in downtown Seattle shines despite crime concerns and the closure of stores like Nike and Carhartt. With an increase in foot traffic and a significant surge in demand for luxury items, Ben Bridge is optimistic about its future in the city’s core. Despite downsizing to 36 stores nationwide from 95 in 2019, the company has broken records with its revenue in both 2021 and 2022.
“Our goal in investing in our flagship store in the heart of our hometown includes creating a sense of pride and excitement in our community, both with our associates as well as our customers,” said Vice President Theresa Signorini Treat. “We are committed to ensuring Seattle remains a strong and vital business center and hope to be the Personal Jeweler for generations to come.”