West Seattle businesses: Sign time for Les Schwab Tires

If you had somehow missed our previous reports that Les Schwab Tires was moving into the former Huling/Gee used-cars site at 38th/Alaska in The Triangle, it’ll be hard to miss now – the big sign’s going up today. We first reported in January that Les Schwab was remodeling the site; last month, the company told us they’re expecting to open in September.

11 Replies to "West Seattle businesses: Sign time for Les Schwab Tires"

  • CandrewB July 14, 2011 (12:58 pm)

    Is the lovely used cars sign staying put?

  • yo July 14, 2011 (1:02 pm)

    Off-topic: Does anyone know the story behind the 76 station across the street that was supposed to become an ARCO? Is it permanently closed?

  • elevated concern July 14, 2011 (1:46 pm)

    The never to have transitioned Arco Station is a total dumping ground at this point. They tore up the drive, replaced the drive and even went so far as to stock the convenience store. Then suddenly, it closed two months ago. People continue to pull in thinking they can buy gas. Instead of what used to be an attractive corner with landscaping, the neighborhood is subjected to a site that is filling up with trash and all of the construction debri has been left in front of the once carwash area. Cycle University never installed their oversized sign so it remains proped up in the carwash bay, only adding insult to the abandoned site. We try hard in this neighborhood to be good neighbors but some of the commercials areas simply do not care about their impact here.

  • celeste17 July 14, 2011 (3:03 pm)

    Candrew, no they took that sign down yesterday. I catch my bus right there in the morning so I get to see what was done the day before.

    Elevated I agree with you. That whole area looks terrible. I hate to get off the bus there (but have no choice as its closet to my car). I hope someone cleans it up soon.

    I feel like I should go down there when I have some free time (like I really have that) and at least pick up some trash.

    I am hoping when Les Schwab moves in that area that it will improve. Sometimes the bus shelter area is discusting.

  • Mike July 14, 2011 (5:44 pm)

    If Cycle University leaves that sign there, just report it as a company dumping trash illegally. They’ll either pick it up or get a fine. Either way they’ll have to do something about it.

  • w.s. maverick July 14, 2011 (6:08 pm)


  • Susan July 14, 2011 (8:04 pm)

    My son’s summer camp walks by the 76/Arco site daily and call the place Garbage Gas Station. It’s such an eye-sore. Is there something we can do to compel the owners to clean the place up?

    • WSB July 14, 2011 (8:19 pm)

      You can report it to DPD for violations – http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/complaintform/
      The street address seems to be 4580 Fauntleroy Way.
      Its page on the DPD website has no indication of any violation reports or investigations.

  • godofthebasement July 15, 2011 (9:22 am)

    I notice they’re putting the sign up right at the corner of Fauntleroy and Alaska. Is Les Schwab taking up the corner lot in addition to the old Enterprise building?

    • WSB July 15, 2011 (9:35 am)

      No. Just the enterprise building parcel. But I guess they got the right to the sign. I was trying to photograph that on the way to relieve our SWAT crew, thanks for the reminder, I’ll hit it on the way back – TR

  • Susan July 16, 2011 (8:55 pm)

    Thanks for the contact info, WSB!

    I’ve filed a complaint. Perhaps others will too. Here’s what I said in the 300 character limit:

    Since the gas station closed, garbage has been piling up on the site. Garbage cans were never removed and are over-flowing, trash has collected in overgrown weeds and there is broken glass. This area has considerable pedestrian traffic, with three daycare centers and a bus stop nearby.

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