BIZNOTE: Pier 1 Imports confirms Westwood Village store will close

Pier 1 Imports confirms to WSB that it’s closing its Westwood Village store, its last one within Seattle city limits. We inquired after two reader tips, including one pointing out a listing seeking a new tenant for the Westwood space. Here’s what company spokesperson Melissa Simon told us:

Pier 1 Imports will close our West Seattle location in late February 2016. Pier 1 Imports continually reviews new and existing store locations to make sure we’re operating as efficiently as possible. Where necessary, based on that review, we make the strategic business decision to close certain locations on a case-by-case basis. We care about our shoppers in Seattle and have enjoyed serving them over the years. We look forward serving them at our other area locations in East Bellevue and Tukwila on Southcenter Parkway.

The Texas-based company had said earlier this year that it would close about 100 stores, leaving it with around 1,000, but did not release a closure list at the time.

77 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Pier 1 Imports confirms Westwood Village store will close"

  • Ray December 10, 2015 (2:36 pm)

    No surprise. Never much foot traffic there.

    Other than Target and QFC, I have pretty much quit going to Westwood Village due to the harassment of the panhandlers around the bus stop that overflows to the McDonalds and outside the QFC.

  • wsgal December 10, 2015 (2:47 pm)

    Bummer, loved this store! Great customer service, really sweet staff. Will miss having this option so close by.

  • Rick December 10, 2015 (2:52 pm)

    Same here.

  • Joan December 10, 2015 (3:14 pm)

    That’s too bad. Even for once or twice a year, they had unique things. I won’t be going to Tukwila.

  • josh December 10, 2015 (3:25 pm)

    Really sad. Losing many of the nicer stores in Westwood. It’s definitely going down hill. It was pretty empty around Thanksgiving weekend. All that’s there are offices, medical buildings, etc. – definitely NOT good news for the neighborhood. Really sad.

  • Brenda December 10, 2015 (3:41 pm)

    I don’t go to Westwood Village if I can help it. The bus stop across the street seems to harbor a large congregation of those who aren’t awaiting a bus, and the panhandlers at the exits make it an uncomfortable for me.

  • Anne December 10, 2015 (3:50 pm)

    I think the owners of Westwood Village are missing out on a potential opportunity. As the Junction gets more built up & — yes it’s the “p ” word — parking gets harder to find- Westwood V could do well to bring in more interesting retail & restaurants.
    I love shopping local & always try to- I hit the Junction & would definitely go to WV more often. Right now it’s pretty much Target & Marshalls & B & N. The whole place could do with a major” sprucing up” too.

  • Trickycoolj December 10, 2015 (4:22 pm)

    I find myself going to WV less and less even though it’s most convenient to High Point. It’s just as easy for me to run to Southcenter after work since I already work in the Duwamish corridor it’s a quick trip for a much bigger Target and a number of other stores we don’t have would love to see a Sephora or Ulta in WV. Same with Renton Landing, if I’m working in Renton I always stop at the Landing. WV needs to step up their game. I much prefer to deal with junction traffic and the tight garage to shop at the newer QFC too.

  • datamuse December 10, 2015 (4:41 pm)

    I miss Liquidation World.

  • Julia December 10, 2015 (5:00 pm)

    I drive to Westwood to shop all the time and never have trouble with panhandlers. I guess I’m hard-hearted enough to pass on by. I’ve gone into Pier One a dozen times, but hardly bought a thing — I just don’t need knickknacks or know anyone who does.

  • Craig December 10, 2015 (5:03 pm)

    A lot of the same here. I’ve been avoiding Westwood because it’s just getting more and more unsavory characters polluting the responsible majority. If Target ever pulled out there it’d be lights out for all the other businesses around it. I was at WV this week to get a sub sandwich and was surprised to see another nails place going in. I had no idea there was so much need for nail care in West Seattle – one of these appears to pop up on every corner these days. Mind blown.

  • M December 10, 2015 (5:03 pm)

    Hopefully something better will go into that space.

  • M December 10, 2015 (5:04 pm)

    The Carters in Westwood Village is amazing. That has been a great recent edition.

  • gina December 10, 2015 (5:09 pm)

    I miss the Junior Bootery, Skaret’s, The Red Baron, Pay N Save, Ernst, Malmo and the kid’s clothing store I can never remember the name of. Was on a corner in the middle of the village.

  • This is bizarre December 10, 2015 (5:12 pm)

    Are people really complaining about panhandlers holding up signs at SOME of the entrances to Westwood Village as a reason to not go there? They’re 99% of time only at the main Target and McDonald’s driveways onto Barton. If driving past someone with a sign is that terrifying, how do you function and use SR99 at the South Park entrance? Or the Highland Park one? Or the Western, Seneca and Battery exits off of the Viaduct? It’s a city. We live in like the 17th most populous United State city. If the sight of homeless people on public property is enough to keep you out of a shopping mall, then you should just move to Omak or Forks or something ultra rural.

  • Dr. Bob December 10, 2015 (5:12 pm)

    The dance around the drain continues….

  • pagefive December 10, 2015 (5:16 pm)

    Westwood Village should model itself after The Landing in Renton – albeit a smaller version. During the recession, there were a lot of vacant storefronts at The Landing but it’s really gotten so much better as the economy has improved.

  • unknown December 10, 2015 (5:25 pm)

    gina,,,how about Chubby and Tubby and the Wigwam Store? I know they weren’t in WV but if we’re naming stores from long ago (LOL) I thought I’d name these two!

  • Buttercup December 10, 2015 (6:18 pm)

    I don’t mind the panhandlers at the entrances, Ian uncomfortable with the unsavory things that happen Often I have sat outside St tar bucks and watched security/police searching for someone. I will miss Pier One. They always cheer me up.

  • miws December 10, 2015 (6:35 pm)

    gina, thanks for saving me some typing, but you forgot Lamonts.



  • WSobserver December 10, 2015 (6:39 pm)

    Westwood Village needs a decent eatery, some place where you can get a beer with lunch. There’s just nothing.


    And WV is ridiculously un-pedestrian friendly. Some of it has sidewalks, some of it doesn’t. The area around the traffic signal is treacherous. Is it a parking lot? A sidewalk? A driveway? A public road? As a pedestrian I avoid Westwood as much as possible.

  • datamuse December 10, 2015 (6:52 pm)

    Actually, come to think of it, I have sometimes felt unsafe at Westwood Village. Some people drive like maniacs in that parking lot, which has to be one of the worst laid-out parking lots I’ve EVER seen.

  • J W December 10, 2015 (7:08 pm)

    Can anyone tell me why Westwood village always smells like sickly sweet grape gum ? I know it’s a petty complaint but it is really unpleasant to me

  • Trickycoolj December 10, 2015 (7:23 pm)

    I don’t think it’s so much “unsavory characters” it’s the fact that some of the stores in WV are very dumpy compared to their nearest counterparts in neighboring communities. Try shopping for makeup or toiletries at Target. Half the time the packages have been opened and spilled all over. I’ve witnessed a mom and her 5 year old opening and painting their nails with the nail polishes for sale. You can’t buy lipstick because they’ve all been cracked open and smeared either on people or the shelf they sit in. It’s gross. Most of the departments carry half of the selection at regular sized stores. There’s not even a pharmacy. Now that Walgreens is being purchasing Rite Aid I will have no pharmacy in WV that accepts my insurance. The QFC is dated and cramped. They can’t fit the normal amount of products in that terrible layout. That place needs gutted. B&N is actually decent but I haven’t bought a paper book in years. The Starbucks always smells like cat pee. Maybe there’s a roof leak or mold in the walls. I don’t know. Don’t get me started on the Post Office. Basically WV really needs to decide what they’re trying to be, a run down urban shopping center with businesses that are like the forgotten step children to their well kept counterparts or do they want to revive the shopping center and make it a nice place for locals to stay on the peninsula to shop and dine with convenient parking?

  • wseakell December 10, 2015 (7:31 pm)

    WV should redesign itself to be a mini U-Village shopping center! Spruce things WAY up, add better pedestrian paths, interesting restaurants and stores, lots of beautiful plants, a giant and wonderful Starbucks. People would not only go there more often, but travel from afar to seek it out!

  • mrsMartys December 10, 2015 (7:33 pm)

    AND…since we’re ranting about WV why can’t they flatten out the entrance/exit by McDonald’s!?!? Barely 2 – 3 cars can make it thru the light because you have to slow down so much to not bottom out on it.

  • AHneighbor December 10, 2015 (7:35 pm)

    J W, YES! I say the same thing every time I get out of my car by target. “Why does it smell like artificial grape out here?” Lol. A mystery!

  • dcn December 10, 2015 (7:43 pm)

    I agree the parking lot is weirdly/poorly laid out, particularly between the QFC/Pier 1 building and McDonalds.
    I’ve also heard from an employee of the Dress Barn store that used to be there, that the rent at WWV is extremely high, and they couldn’t make a profit with the amount of shoppers they had there. I’m wondering how long it will be before Staples leaves too. I never see many people in that store.
    I would like to see a better restaurant option there too–it would draw people in to shop as well. And, not that this qualifies as a “better restaurant option,” but the ex-Hollywood Video site has been slated to be a Panda Express for ages now, with no sign that it’s ever going to happen. If they don’t move in, it’d be nice to see some store fill that long-vacant location.
    And, to round out my wonderings-list, is the post office ever going to replace the mailbox that was burned? That area gets really congested now that people can’t do the drive-through mail drop-off.

  • Bring back The Keg! December 10, 2015 (8:03 pm)

    +1 on Lamont’s! I was in Marshalls this weekend, standing behind two guys who stunk so badly of weed I had to move across the store. As I browsed, I could smell their trail through the store! Lamont’s was a great option for something for a last minute business trip, for holiday shopping or for nice clothes for work, without having to leave WS. We also miss being able to grab dinner and a drink at The Keg. Having a Rite Aid in that spot is kind of a bore. Last time I was in Rite Aid, I saw liquor being stolen and the security guard was helpless. We do need a neighborhood pub in WWV, but I am also cognizant of my personal safety and I don’t go there after dark without my significant other. Even during the day, I leave my purse at home. It has changed in the 24 years I’ve been living here, and I do not feel safe anymore. I go to Target with my spidey senses turned up, and that’s it.

  • Kame December 10, 2015 (8:03 pm)

    It’s not another nail place – NK nails is moving into a new spot (formerly Jamba Juice).

  • old timer December 10, 2015 (8:11 pm)

    Speaking of WV’s shortcomings, has the Post Office managed to find a drive-up mail-drop box yet?

  • Paul December 10, 2015 (8:21 pm)

    Sad. We quit going to Westwood Village when Eats Restaurant closed. Too many shady characters & no security. Would love to see more local stores there.

  • MsD December 10, 2015 (8:33 pm)

    I second Trickycoolj’s comment about Ulta or Sephora. I only ever go to the Ulta store at Southcenter if I happen to be coming back from the airport during store hours and I spend a lot more then than I do when I order online. I would be in there quite a bit if it was at WWV.

  • datamuse December 10, 2015 (8:34 pm)

    The grape odor exudes from a device on the roof of Barnes & Noble. WHY is another question. It smells like a dime-store lollipop to me.

  • Seattlite December 10, 2015 (9:38 pm)

    wseakell — “University Village was originally developed by Continental Inc. who also developed Westwood Village in West Seattle and Aurora Village in Shoreline, Washington.” UVillage is an upscale shopping area compared to WVillage. WVillage has pretty much tanked except for Target, Barnes & Noble. It would be great if more retail and restaurants would open at WVillage but I’m thinking it’s not going to happen for a lot of reasons.

  • Gina December 10, 2015 (9:51 pm)

    The grape smell is to discourage pigeons and other birds from roosting.

    Westwood Village is built on top of a peat bog, drainage will always be an issue.

    Bring back Sea Galley.

  • miws December 10, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    Thanks for helping again, Gina! ;-)


    I remember the “grape smell” question being answered here on WSB several years ago but wasn’t positive about the reason. *Thought* it was to repel the pigeons. Just wasn’t sure.



  • Penny December 10, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    Wish they have better restaurant at WWV… Such as SushiLand, buffet, or a pho place.

  • LuvOurCity December 10, 2015 (10:24 pm)

    Westwood Village COULD be so great! The parking lot definitely needs work, especially by QFC/McDonalds. More restaurants would be awesome. Something like Red Robbin would be great for families, singles and teens. Pier One will be missed, but I’d rather have a World Market/Cost Plus there! I agree that remodeling WV to be more like University Village would be awesome. Seattle is growing! Seems like a missed opportunity so I hope someone with $$$ steps up to the plate. I refuse to let the “bad guys” (thieves, etc) win. This is our home!

  • Josh December 10, 2015 (10:48 pm)

    Missed opportunity for sure! The management must just not “get it.” So many good comments here– is the rent too high? Why so many empty stores in a hugely booming area? Staples and B&N will be gone soon. Radio Shack=gone. How does that supersize mattress store stay in business and others can’t? The nail store took over a prime “area” – that could have been a cooler store. Empty Hollywood video store, there must be a reason, doesn’t make sense! I heard Target has final say in who goes in WWV, but not sure. Sketchy people there yes, but if the right stores were there, that would bring more people, and more people = more feeling of safety. I second the dirty QFC remarks.. come on, just because it’s Westwood doesn’t mean you can let it go!

  • Darrell December 10, 2015 (10:48 pm)

    Almost everyone who posts on the WS Blog thinks they know what is best for everyone else and has so much to complain about because WS is changing for the worse. Just don’t ask them to pay for the services they feel are lacking or do anything to bring about the change they want. It’s hilarious. The typical comment expresses OUTRAGE over any the smallest grievances like the fact that “shady people” loiter and people at the bus stop may not be waiting for the bus. And boy people do not care for due process when someone is accused of a crime. For such a liberal area, it seems like people resdily bitch about poor people and minorities hanging around WS Village. Hipocracy reigns supreme

  • High schooler December 11, 2015 (12:02 am)

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I go to school right by Westwood and I usually pass through. It seems to be a bustling commerce center because it’s usually full, and not just with shady characters. Too bad about pier one

  • wseakell December 11, 2015 (12:13 am)

    Thanks Seattlite! Interesting that the two locations were done by the same developer… one obviously advanced a lot quicker than the other. A trip to U-Village and a trip
    to WWV is night and day. I think it has to do with management and how much money is invested to make the area better. I think the small fountain by BB&B is their only bragging point, but it’s small, sad and tucked away where no one can see.

  • Eric December 11, 2015 (5:37 am)

    I remember when WWV was a run down strip type mall with many of the storefronts empty. It was really run down, with Big 5 and the Keg being the really only bustling stores/ restaurants.

    When they remodeled it, it was much much improved. Living just blocks from WWV for about 15 years now, I noticed the pan handlers about the same time as Nickelsville came in down the hill. I thought, “are you kidding? This isn’t downtown.”

    About that time we in the neighborhood also started noticing more petty crimes happening. I started picking up alcohol bottles out of my yard on a regular basis.

    Even with tent city gone, some people have remained and as demonstrated a month or so ago with the house fire, have lived in various spots around WWV like abandoned houses and the park.

    Putting in that Sound Transit has made it worse also. The amount of times I see people getting busted for shop lifting in QFC has skyrocketed and I just saw it happen the other day at Rite Aid.

    Working at 4:00 am, I always see shady characters wandering around WWV on my way to work. The McDonalds should not be a 24/7 in my opinion, or at least should only be a drive through at certain hours.

  • AHneighbor December 11, 2015 (6:40 am)

    Thanks for clearing up the grape smell mystery, people! And just to chime in: I go to WV pretty frequently, but the parking lot design is terrible. The whole place needs a redesign – both layout and content.

  • Gina December 11, 2015 (7:04 am)

    Westwood Village and U Village were equal in type of stores and appeal until the “Westwood Towne Centre” debacle. I always think of that as the downward trend. U Village had better luck with extended planning. The neighborhood is a stadium and a cemetery for the most part. The parking lot has drainage issues. U district is full of people that aren’t shoppers. Yet University Village has more than a Target and QFC. And it is really hard to access!


    Bring back Holland House.

  • sophista-tiki December 11, 2015 (7:14 am)

    OK for the millionth time,,,, Westwood isnt all of the sudden getting ” unsavory” or having more panhandlers. Its been this way ever since the TRANSIT HUB OF DOOM was forced on us. We’re stuck with it because the powers that be who decided to dump this on us DONT LIVE HERE, DONT have businesses here and are completely CLUELESS about the impact.they juts wanted the bulk of the busses out of the junction because thats more valuable property for development and they cant have all those undesirables cluttering up millenniaville. Eventually someone will admit this is the real motivation, but I’m sure in much more acceptable language. meanwhile Westwood is screwed.

  • Kathy December 11, 2015 (9:25 am)

    Judging from many of the comments, am I the only one who, when shopping in Pier 1 could only find decor items that were fashionable 40 years ago, but now, not so much? A place like Click, Design that Fits has decor items a little more in tune with modern sensibilities. Sure there is some market for the kind of stuff sold at Pier 1, but I think the World Market/Cost Plus marketing concept is more successful, sell food items, too, for wider customer appeal and to draw people in to be exposed to your other stuff for sale. As for the design of WWV, other mall developers (U Village, Southcenter) have caught on to the fact that customers don’t drive their cars into shops, they walk into shops. Having to wade in the rain through a sea of cars to get from one shop to another is not very appealing or even safe, hence placing smaller shops closer together with amenities in the walking area (playground like U Village? Protection from rain? Loaner umbrellas?) creates a more walkable environment that attracts customers. U Village supports some very upscale shops (Tiffany & Co.) and contrary to previous comment there is a lot of money in that neighborhood, Wedgewood, Sandpoint. Could West Seattle support such upscale shops? Anyway, one upside is that a less successful WWV probably means more successful small local independent businesses in our commercial districts.

    • WSB December 11, 2015 (9:39 am)

      Kathy – re: your last line – please keep in mind that there ARE some small local independent businesses at Westwood – it’s not all chains. Two that come immediately to mind: Wyatt’s Jewelers (longtime WSB sponsor) and Giannoni’s Pizza. – TR

  • TBone December 11, 2015 (9:38 am)

    @this is Bizarre; the panhandlers at the entrance aren’t my primary issue, other than they are a visual hazard when trying to exit and look for any other pedestrian traffic and automobiles… My issue is with the ones who comb the parking lot, usually around QFC, follow me to my car and then stand by my car door as I’m putting on the seatbelt and trying to leave hoping for a handout.

    That’s why I only ever go there out of necessity and not for shopping, pleasure, or the ambience.

  • Seattlite December 11, 2015 (9:43 am)

    Gina — The demographics between UVillage and WVillage are night and day. WVillage is smaller with no upscale retail. UVillage has numerous upscale retail shops: Anthropologie, Eileen Fisher, Ann Taylor, Madewell, etc. And, many upscale speciality shops. UVillage’s location is totally prime.

  • HelperMonkey December 11, 2015 (10:15 am)

    WWV has the perfect opportunity to reinvent itself to be more like The Landing or U-Village. There’s no reason we can’t have nice things too! Getting rid of the janky McDonalds would be a good start.

  • Neighbor December 11, 2015 (11:10 am)

    That whole area needs to be upzoned to an urban village. If the city really wants to diversify it’s urban villages and direct the population to multi-use zones with access to transportation then that’s a prime location for it. The Junction zone is beyond capacity… time to spread the love and designate WVillage an urban village. Then it will see an influx of developer dollars, retail stores, restaurants, and bike lanes!

  • miws December 11, 2015 (12:11 pm)

    And thanks once again, Gina. ;-)


    Holland House was another I was trying to remember. Saw it in my mind, couldn’t remember the name.


    High Schooler, that’s the same thing I see.


    And I usually give the folks flying a sign a hello and a smile.



  • Kathy December 11, 2015 (12:12 pm)

    Apologies to Wyatt’s and Giannoni’s!

  • RR December 11, 2015 (12:13 pm)

    Wow WSB thanks for that last reply and links. As someone who has lived in the westwood neighborhood for the past three years I had no idea about these plans and I’d wager a fair number of my neighbors don’t either. Some of these ideas still seem really great, I’d be thrilled to see interest in some of these rekindled. This entire thread of comments has been inspiring, there are quite a few common issues that coincide with what we also see happening around here. One thing that stood out immediately in those urban village plans was the idea of the long fellow heritage trail as a viable pedestrian path linking neighborhoods. It’s too bad that trail couldn’t or didn’t develop as hoped because as it stands most of that fragmented trail hardly inspires a feeling of safety and security for even the recreational user, let alone shoppers or students. So many missed opportunities through out, yes WWV is the hub of our community but unless we have something more like the unified, connective vision outlined in those plans I don’t see improvements to even a substantial property like WWV working out over time.

    • WSB December 11, 2015 (12:18 pm)

      RR – Interest has been rekindled at the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council – where at least one local resident has taken on the formidable task of what it would take to get the plans revisited and updated. Come check out WWRHAH, 6:15 pm first Tuesdays at the Southwest Library. I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn (my only involvement is in covering this group and many others around WS) by saying they’d be thrilled to see you, even if you just sat in the corner, listened, and left. – TR

  • Gina December 11, 2015 (12:37 pm)

    U Village was Flaky Jakes and Mister Peepers and Lamonts and Pay n Save in the eighties. About the same type businesses as at Westwood Village.

    Planning made the differences we see today. The Canadian company with Westwood Towne Centre and long distance management and the addition of McDonald’s didn’t help.

  • Queenie December 11, 2015 (1:36 pm)

    I suspect at least part of the problem is that WV is increasingly a pain to get to for people who live more towards the Junction/Admiral side of things. With 35th now 1 lane and 30 MPH in spots, I only go to Target there when I have a really compelling reason to, and unlike U Village, its pretty far off the beaten track. Target will probably do okay for the foreseeable future but I think everything else there is doomed.

  • Trickycoolj December 11, 2015 (1:57 pm)

    While the UVill has really gone upscale in the last 10 years since I was a student, WV could really breathe some life into the property with a little more useful stores. I could see an Ulta doing well. Perhaps some clothing on more of the price point like GAP or LOFT (Who provides discounts for teachers) and other local merchants filling in between. UVill may have super high end shops like Tiffanys but there’s also Trophy Cupcakes, Sole Food, Fireworks, and other local shops in between. The Junction will always be a great resource for smaller local botiques but with the built in population coming in the new apartments those of us to the south could use a quality experience in the “southern” retail destination.

  • anonyme December 11, 2015 (2:54 pm)

    I used to work near WV, and I’m so glad not to be there any more. McDonald’s is never without a couple of drug addicts, and there are plenty of them in the park and wandering the shopping center, shoplifting and harassing people.
    I had the misfortune of having to transfer buses there today, and within five minutes of waiting, two guys had taken a pi$$ within steps of the bus stop, in view of all. It’s just disgusting over there. This was after I’d asked at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a closet rod, and was snarkily informed that they were not “a hardware store”. Huh??
    It would be nice to have some decent shopping at this end of the peninsula, but WV is in the toilet and waiting to be flushed.

  • Jason December 11, 2015 (2:56 pm)

    “I suspect at least part of the problem is that WV is increasingly a pain to get to”

  • Seattlite December 11, 2015 (3:55 pm)

    UVillage has the demographics for expansion and continual growth. WWVillage has gone stagnant. Target is the anchor store. WWVillage needs to be revamped but it takes dollars. All the vacancies are telling as to revenue stream.

  • Amy M December 11, 2015 (5:05 pm)

    Hey , “This Is Bizarre “–
    I’m a mother of two and I’d rather drive to Trader Joes than be around the very in plain sight drug deals at QFC — c’mon. it’s gross.

  • Kessler December 11, 2015 (5:14 pm)

    Grew up next to Uvillage, it was not always fancy. Going to Ernst on Saturday was a treat, but not fancy like it is now. It was planning, long and short term, with developer influence and community support, that facilitated the growth to it’s current state.

  • Brontosaurus December 11, 2015 (10:22 pm)

    In the late ’90s, WV was a ghost town. It was strange – all these stores and hardly anybody there. Then it was suddenly revitalized in the ’00s. Sad that it is going way down hill again. I agree, it would be great to turn it into a mini U Village. It really seems to be the bus situation that has contributed to its decline. Having the buses parked across the street seems to have attracted drug dealers etc.

  • Pickwick Pete December 11, 2015 (10:28 pm)

    God, I would hope so… (this place would close)

    It houses the biggest collection of junk since squatters took over the Seattle Times’ old building.

    … and overpriced junk at that.

    What in the world took this store so long to close??

    Lets put some useful retail businesses in Westwood Village.

  • RayWest December 12, 2015 (7:00 am)

    Pity. I didn’t get to Pier 1 that often, but when I did, I usually found some good things to buy, but much of the merchandise was “cheap and dated.” Westwood Village needs to reinvent itself. As some have pointed out, it is very “pedestrian unfriendly.” Getting from one store to another is like working your way through an obstacle course. If I shop at Target and want to go to BB&B I would have to move the car from one location to another because it was too much hassle hauling back shopping bags. If your shopping at BB&B for comforters, appliances, or whatever, it makes for large cumbersome shopping bags. Then if you want to go to Ross (which I never do because their merchandise is too “low-end”), you than have to take a very long walk to get to the entrance. It is all very poorly planned.

  • Kathy December 12, 2015 (11:10 am)

    I would love to see King County support a transit mall up at 16th and Delridge or in White Center where the ST 560 and Rapid Ride could have bays close together and you wouldn’t have to haul your luggage several blocks transferring to the Airport. There would be less of a walk to WWV when you get off the RR C, fewer buses lined up along Barton, and you could continue to ride the C up the hill to the restaurants and stores in WC without waiting for a transfer.

  • Kathy December 12, 2015 (11:13 am)

    I noticed the 1999 Urban Village Plan is missing a few pages at the end.

    • WSB December 12, 2015 (11:45 am)

      Straight from the city website …

  • cliows December 13, 2015 (8:55 am)

    while I certainly agree WV could stand some improvement (along the line of what has been suggested here) I for one am grateful for Target, Marshall’s and BB&B being so close. I go there often, have not had much trouble with homeless or panhandlers (nothing like downtown). Parking is terrible tho, and I’d certainly welcome more shops/restaurants!

  • datamuse December 13, 2015 (4:38 pm)

    I used to like Pier 1 a lot back in the day, but all I’ve bought there recently are door wreaths. If one wants imported decorative items there are better places to get them with greater selection.
    We do go to WWV a lot, though. Mostly for QFC, Rite Aid, and Target. White Center is usually our destination for nearby restaurants.
    One thing I do like about WWV is the convenient bike parking, though the rack outside QFC is sometimes blocked by shopping carts.

  • i'mcoveredinbees December 13, 2015 (10:14 pm)

    I used to love Pier 1 back in the 90’s but I agree that their stuff now seems outdated and overpriced. World Market is much more in line with what is appealing now.

    As for WWV… it’s fascinating! Here is this crazed state of development happening all over West Seattle, but not there. Insanity. If I had the cash, I would buy it and turn it into the next UVillage. It’s RIGHT THERE, people. Hahahahaha. It’ll happen in under 5 years.

  • Ray West December 20, 2015 (12:02 pm)

    Bring in a Crate & Barrel!

  • 35 years in West Seattle December 27, 2015 (1:19 pm)

    A shopping mall with all one-lane roads leading to it, WV has become a de facto transit center without facilities or proper security.
    The area is a laborious mess to maneuver anytime of day, with few protected turns and lumbering buses cutting in and out of traffic.

    Seattle,(SDOT) you really know how to ruin a neighborhood.

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