West Seattle businesses: Final moves from development site

August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

Yesterday was the day set as the deadline for remaining businesses to clear out of the buildings that will be demolished, likely within weeks, for the Equity Residential project at 42nd/Alaska/California in The Junction. Thanks to Brian Presser from TouchTech Systems for the photo at right, showing the note put up by one of the last to leave. Here’s who’s gone where, in the last wave of departures (these three were in the building across from Jefferson Square on 42nd):
-Young At Art plans to open next week in a new location at Fauntleroy and Raymond (longtime past home of PB&J Textiles (WSB sponsor).
-Ron’s Cobbler Shoppe is “closed forever,” as the note at right reads, no new location.
-Well Medical Arts will reopen next week at 9025 35th SW.

Other moves/closures already reported here recently include (east to west) AAA will reopen in the former AT&T Wireless space in Jefferson Square; Rocksport Bar and Grill has closed permanently (and had an auction last week); Super Supplements moved to Morgan Junction, Sound Advice moved to the lower level of the Senior Center of West Seattle building; Classic Barber Shop moved to 5040 California SW; Suite Arrangements moved to the Fauntleroy Way storefront next to West Seattle Produce; Rubato Records planned to take an interim space in the Antique Mall of West Seattle; and Mind Body Spirit moved to 3258 California SW. Several businesses moved months ago, including The Beer Junction; it’s been more than a year since the first closure, the city Neighborhood Service Center that used to be next to Rocksport. Equity told WSB last month that demolition could start as soon as August 10th.

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9 Comments

  1. I’m sad to lose Ron the Cobbler. He was pretty gumpy but he got the job done.

    Comment by Ripper — 11:29 am August 1, 2012 #

  2. And Limber Yoga that was there moved !
    6019 California Ave SW.

    Comment by miss seattle — 12:29 pm August 1, 2012 #

  3. I’m sad to see such a big chunk of WS being demolished. :( I’m sure it’s mentioned somewhere, but do they have a projected completion date?

    Comment by bsmomma — 12:37 pm August 1, 2012 #

  4. There goes another chunk of our character.
    Soon West Seattle will look like just another strip mall. SameAsAnywhere, USA.

    Comment by JoAnne — 1:24 pm August 1, 2012 #

  5. I encourage everyone to continue to patronize those businesses that have moved. I went to Suite Arrangements today.. Great new space with lots of parking. Bonus..stopped next door & picked up some fresh veggies at WS Produce!

    Comment by Anne — 3:32 pm August 1, 2012 #

  6. the new The Beer Junction location is fabulous!

    Comment by FauntleeHillsFag — 12:24 am August 2, 2012 #

  7. @JoAnne, I’m not necessarily for putting condos up in this space, but the fact is that this project is replacing exactly what you’re compaining about: a strip mall.

    Comment by Ajax — 3:37 pm August 2, 2012 #

  8. So Ajax, all these strip mall residents need to go. Rocksport,Classic Barber Shop,Beer Junction, Rubato,I could go on and on. Next, we need to target those other stripmallers like Husky Deli, Bakery Noveau,Terjung’s Gift Gallery,Menashe and Sons Jewelry,and on and on.Maybe even Elliott Bay and Talarico’s. Heck,that old senior center should go to. I’ve been a small business owner in the Junction area since 1980 and after almost 19 years in the same location, guess what? I just recieved my 30 day vacate notice because? Wait for it….. condos with high rent commercial spaces. You gotta love it, but I don’t. So I don’t get your logic. Or if there is any.

    Comment by Rick — 9:00 pm August 2, 2012 #

  9. I’m sorry about the disruption to the businesses involved, but I have to agree with Ajax, we aren’t exactly losing a grand edifice here.
    Rick, that includes your business. Sorry to see you are dealing with gentrification as well, HOWEVER, those of you who are lamenting the “loss” of this particular itteration of the W. Seattle business district, your building was once new, and replaced a building and a business that was there before yours.
    Our society, and the businesses we need to serve us, are not static. Change is innevitable; it’s going to happen, and it is better if the community realizes that and helps to guide that change in a direction beneficial to the community as well as the developers.

    Comment by dawsonct — 10:53 am August 4, 2012 #

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