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Category: Retail


Long-awaited downtown Kent residential and retail project will begin next month

A long-awaited Kent residential and retail project at a key downtown intersection will begin construction next month.

The five-story, mixed use building will contain 176 apartments, 3,100 square feet of retail and 35 public parking places in addition to parking spots for residents.

The project is being developed by Seattle’s Goodman Real Estate. The building is being designed by Studio Meng Strazzara.

The construction site occupies a strategic location near the Kent Station retail development and Kent’s historic downtown district.  The project will be called “The Platform” because of its proximity to Sound Transit’s Kent Sounder commuter rail station and

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Investor with ties to Bellevue developer buys downtown Tacoma’s Columbia Bank Building

An investor with close ties to Bellevue mega-developer F. Kemper Freeman Jr. has bought one of downtown Tacoma’s historic retail cornerstones, the Columbia Bank Building.

But Howard McQuaid said his purchase of the 88,000-square-foot former department store at 1102 Broadway Plaza doesn’t indicate a shift in Kemper Development Co.’s Bellevue focus.

“It was a personal investment,” said McQuaid Tuesday. “There is no connection with Kemper Development Co.”

McQuaid is vice president of leasing and development for Kemper Development and Kemper Freeman’s son-in-law. Kemper Development created the Bellevue Square shopping center and the connected Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place mixed-use developments.

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Goodwill opening upscale store June 6 in South Tacoma on Hosmer

It’s called “fashion forward merchandising” and its first iteration will be revealed beginning June 6 at the grand opening of Tacoma Goodwill’s newest retail outlet.

A step up from the shopping experience available at typical Goodwill outlet stores, the new store – 25,000 square feet at 8025 S. Hosmer St. – will offer what a recent Goodwill press release calls a “Bon Marche/Macy’s and Meier & Frank experience.”

Major departments at the store include clothing, housewares, glassware, books and media, and toys and furniture.

And to fortify the claim of upscale retail, store manager Gloria Eubanks counts more than 30

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Movies To Go soon to be gone – Lakewood store closing June 30

Movies To Go, one of the original video-rental stores in Pierce County, has begun its close-out sale and will finally shutter its doors on June 30.

Owners Mike and Carol Umbehocker, who opened the original Movies To Go in 1983 in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood, will retire following the closure.

“This is good timing for us,” Carol said on Wednesday. “I feel like it’s a blessing and a curse – a blessing because we’ll be able to travel, and we’ll have more time for our family, our kids and grandkids. It will be fun to do what we want

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Foss Waterway Development Authority elevates interim director to permanent status

The municipal authority that promotes and governs redevelopment of downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway has named Su Dowie as its executive director.

Dowie had served as the authority’s interim director for three and a half years since executive director Don Meyer retired. Dowie joined the authority in 1998. Before her appointment as interim director, she was the authority’s second-in-command.

The authority delayed naming a permanent replacement for Meyer, now a Port of Tacoma commissioner, because the authority’s finances were hit hard by the recession.  Development activity along the formerly industrial waterway ground to a halt in 2008, impacting the authority’s

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Builder to begin constructing 143 single-family homes in Eastside’s New Salishan

The Tacoma Housing Authority took a major step this week in advancing  the rebirth of the former Salishan public housing project on Tacoma’s Eastside as a major mixed-use housing development.

The authority sold 143 lots in Area Three  of the former World War II housing development to the nation’s largest homebuilder,  D.R. Horton.  Horton is expected to begin building single-family homes on the lots this summer.

Those homes, most of them with three or four bedrooms, are likely to be priced at market rates between $180,000 and $250,000, said Michael Mirra, the housing authority’s executive director. A few with views

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New card deck will count 54 more ways that Tacoma is beautiful

This just in from two of Tacoma’s creative advocates: Tacoma Makes plans a second deck of Tacoma playing cards, to be released this fall.

The first deck, which we’ll now call the blue deck, was produced last year with the help of a Kickstarter and did so well the Tacoma Makes organizers are ordering a second printing.

Maija McKnight, who founded Tacoma Makes with Amy McBride, told me in an email today that they have distributed more than 5,000 decks of the blue cards, which retail for $20 a pack. They have 400 left in inventory, she said,

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Mother’s Day: By the Numbers

Mother’s Day in the USA: 2013

1908: In West Virginia, the year Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day.
$168.94: Average that will be spent on each mother in 2013, up 11 percent from 2012.
$20.7 billion: Total amount spent for the holiday.
$769 million: Will be spent on greeting cards.
$3.5 billion: Will be spent on brunch or dinner.
$2.3 billion: Will be spent on flowers.
14.2: Percent of the population who do not celebrate the holiday.
4.1 million: Women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the

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