Tears fell late this week as customers found out the Strap Sports Club at 15022 Pacific Ave. S. has closed – after 32 years in business.
Some regulars have left flowers outside, as if to say Rest in Peace.
Owner Miriam Romero said there were chickens in the parking lot when the popular neighborhood gathering place opened. The chickens are gone and the strip malls have arrived all along the highway, but the Strap has earned a reputation as a place where folks from all walks of life (and their children) could come for a meal and share in the Spanaway spirit.
“It’s our oasis for a clean safe place,where you can bring your kids and play pool,” Romero said.
She said she’d been without a lease for several months, and was trying to renegotiate when the owner, Goodwill Industries, said there would be no further negotiations. She’s thinking about a fixtures sale in the next few weeks to raise money to pay off creditors.
She said there’s a rumor that a big-box hardware store was looking at the site.
The real estate management company wouldn’t comment on rumors Friday, and a Goodwill spokesman was unavailable.