West Seattle biznotes: Exxon, Tony’s, Office Depot & more

EXXON CLOSED: Thanks to Bruce for the photo and the news that the 35th/Barton (map) ex-Exxon station has shut down. He’s been watching the site for a while and reports, “It became an independent gas retailer (having the lowest price in this immediate area for a month or two) but then they ran out … Over the summer I saw very little traffic at this store, even though a gas price was posted to lure people into stopping. While I was taking pictures a Jetta was filling up at the Propel BioDiesel pump [elsewhere on the site], so that is still on and functioning, at least for now.” (6:22 pm – See comment from “C-Rad re: reported 7-11 plans.)

TONY’S SEASONAL CLOSURE: Across the street from the ex-Exxon, Tony’s Produce has shut down for its seasonal closure; during the fall hiatus from the produce business, they usually reopen with Christmas trees.

OFFICE DEPOT “TAKING LONGER”: While walking around The Junction today, we peeked into the lower level of Capco Plaza – home to the new QFC – to look for signs of progress on the future Office Depot store. The space is still truly bare-bones, and no one was working inside, so we called building owner/developer Leon Capelouto to check on its status (we’d tried directly calling Office Depot some weeks back, but got no callbacks). He says some modifications to the space have pushed back the timetable a few months, and now it’s looking more likely Office Depot will open around February. “They’re still coming,” he said. Other tenant news in the building – we noticed the signage for this physical-therapy business on the east side of the building:

Capelouto said they just opened today. And a previously mentioned tenant, Desert Sun Tanning, has just gotten permits to start working on its space. One more note: Near the newly restored bus stop in front of the QFC, a worker was installing some enhancements – which he said were structures for people to lean on while awaiting buses.

MARTIAL ARTS/YOGA: Also during our walk, we bumped into Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems, always a good tipster about new-business sightings – most recently, this one – and he directed us to 42nd just south of Alaska, where a martial-arts/yoga business is opening, listing some of its specialties on the window:

And finally:

NEW ALLSTATE OFFICE: Christopher Price has just opened an Allstate Insurance office at 3862 Delridge (map) next to H&R Block. He says 4 licensed agents will be there, speaking English, Spanish and German; the phone number is 938-AUTO but they’re offering home/business/boat insurance too, plus financial services.

15 Replies to "West Seattle biznotes: Exxon, Tony's, Office Depot & more"

  • barton_st November 2, 2009 (5:39 pm)

    I live down the street from the now closed Exxon station/store. The word on the street a couple of months ago was that 7-Eleven might be opening a store there. The demise of the business has been slow but apparent with the gasoline pumps shut down last summer and dwindling stock in the store. (I thought it was pretty cheesy of them to keep the gas prices sign up so long.)

  • WSB November 2, 2009 (5:50 pm)

    There is a two-year-old application for some reconfiguration on the site’s DPD page, but nothing since (the date is buried on one of the tabs)
    We’ll see if we can find anything out from 7-11.

  • C-Rad November 2, 2009 (6:06 pm)

    Spoke with the owner a short time ago. He confirmed that it will be a 7-eleven with a subway and pizza hut mini store opening next year. They’re going to expand the store on the south side, so it will be much larger. Not much left in the store, but he gave me a great deal on some soda.

  • toddinwestwood November 2, 2009 (6:07 pm)

    That Exxon will hopefully re-open soon. Even when it was operating, it was a magnet for graffiti and vandalism.
    Anything would be better than an empty gas station.

  • mark November 2, 2009 (6:12 pm)

    I vote Trader Joes!! I know, I know, I just couldn’t resist……

  • WSB November 2, 2009 (6:22 pm)

    C-Rad – the most recent action on the DPD page could cover that, but it’s just in the “initial info collected” stage so could be a while. Thanks for the update! – TR

  • rockergirl November 2, 2009 (6:51 pm)

    Coffee at heights sold according to owners @ shop this morning. My husband stopped by this morning and women who has been working for owners has apparently bought the business.

  • pigeonmom November 2, 2009 (7:05 pm)

    Ah, crap. Not another f*ing Subway.

  • Mike F November 2, 2009 (7:43 pm)

    <=== Does not want a 7-Eleven there. The deli diagonally across the intersection sells enough stuff that winds up in my bushes.

  • Denny November 2, 2009 (7:51 pm)

    Kiddy corner deli sells kegs & beer on tap! After too many, I could end up in Mike F’s bushes…

  • 35this35mph November 2, 2009 (9:12 pm)

    LOL! I love their sign that says, “Carry Out Kegs.” As opposed to those other shops where you gotta drink your kegs in the store!

  • eileen November 2, 2009 (9:45 pm)

    Wouldn’t it be great if Hancocks Fabrics could move into where Office Depot is slated to open? Then we’d have our local fabric fix back way before hole in the food is built.

  • herongrrrl November 2, 2009 (10:14 pm)

    Eileen, I like how you think!

  • KateMcA November 3, 2009 (8:49 am)

    I live within the same block as the Exxon, and ended up with lots of stuff left in our driveway, too. I don’t think it’s the store’s fault- just inconsiderate people that happen to shop there. I’ll be glad to have a 7-11: Slurpees all summer long! And I completely agree that anything beats a boarded-up graffiti magnet.

  • David November 3, 2009 (7:15 pm)

    7-11, Subway, and Pizza Hut…real classy. Just what we all needed.

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