As we have reported previously, the face of downtown Seattle is changing. Well-known stores and brands have closed their doors due to crime or employee safety. In July, Starbucks announced the closing of five stores out of safety concerns. Amazon gave the same reason last month when disclosing the “temporarily closing” its Amazon Go store downtown.
Carhartt announced last week they were closing the doors of their downtown store to open at a different location in Renton. They have not commented as to why they declined to renew their lease at its Pike Street location, however.
Bartell’s parent company Rite Aid announced it was closing a Bartell Drugs location in the Chinatown-International District of Seattle. In a statement to the Seattle Times, they cited reasons for the closing included “business strategy, lease, and rent considerations, local business conditions, and viability and store performance.” Crime in the area was not given as a factor in the decision.