BIZNOTE: Suddenly empty Junction storefront

If you’re going to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in The Junction tomorrow, you might notice a suddenly empty storefront on the east side of the block. While at last week’s Farmers’ Market, we noticed a small whiteboard sign in the window of Seattle E-Bike at 4540 California SW, hand-lettered, announcing a “MOVING SALE.” The shop wasn’t open at the time so we couldn’t follow up, and didn’t get around to it this week. Then we got a text today from someone saying the shop is “gone.” We went down this evening to verify, and indeed, the space was empty, as our photo above shows, with no explanatory signage, nor do any of their online channels say anything about a move or closure. Looking into court records, we found documents saying the shop’s landlord had filed an “unlawful detainer” (the allegation that can lead to eviction) case in December, alleging the shop’s owner was behind in rent. Records show the case was settled this week, including an agreement for the shop to “vacate the premises” by month’s end. Seattle E-Bike had been in that space for a little more than a year, moving from 4517 California SW across the street (where Rush Hour is now) after 2 1/2 years; the shop had been in Pioneer Square before that. Before Seattle E-Bike, the 4540 California SW space had been home to Click! Design That Fits for 18 years.

20 Replies to "BIZNOTE: Suddenly empty Junction storefront"

  • Ryan March 31, 2024 (7:21 am)

    Ah, that’s too bad. That was a very convenient location. Their bike tech is amazing and they have super reasonable prices.

  • Justin March 31, 2024 (9:30 am)

    Agreed on all fronts. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. It’s a huge bummer to lose this spot. 

  • bolo March 31, 2024 (9:30 am)

    Yes agreed. Their closing of the previous Pioneer Square location was pretty abrupt also. Hopefully they pop up somewhere convenient again soon.

    • Elton April 1, 2024 (11:50 am)

      The Pioneer Square location was getting hit repeatedly by break-ins, so they decided to move in part because of the break-ins and in part because they were getting a lot of West Seattle customers at that spot.We’ve bought two bikes from them and had great experiences both times – sorry to see them go! I’m sure the winter months are hard for such shops, but sad that they had to close down right before what I’m guessing is their peak season.

  • NW March 31, 2024 (11:00 am)

    Don’t have experience to share with this bike shop even though live few blocks away. It’s unfortunate the local business had to close hope we can get another bike shop in the neighborhood. I have had positive experience with Alki Bike shop in the admiral over the years however the bike shop and bike mechanic I have spent my hard earned money had two locations in the Morgan junction of West Seattle now located in White Center. Aaron at Rat City Bicycle is an excellent mechanic and a fantastic bike shop. Was just there yesterday and received great service can’t recommend him enough. David French

  • Duffy March 31, 2024 (12:07 pm)

    Hope another real estate office goes in! Wahoo!

    • Jeff April 1, 2024 (7:34 am)

      The rent is too damn high

  • Patrick March 31, 2024 (1:12 pm)

    Bummer, that was a really nice e-bike shop. I hope that the retail spot is occupied soon by a cool new tenant.

  • JM March 31, 2024 (1:52 pm)

    This was the same landlord who refused to negotiate the lease when Click had a buyer willing and ready to purchase the business. I guess they and a few other WS landlords prefer empty storefronts versus actual small local businesses moving in!  

    • Anne March 31, 2024 (4:36 pm)

      Didn’t article say shop owner was behind in rent?  Maybe if more folks patronized the shop they’d have made enough to pay the rent. 

    • my two cents March 31, 2024 (7:59 pm)

      maybe it’s just me, but if a landlord doesn’t want an empty storefront – what, WHAT can they do?  Throwing hands to the sky with tongue planted in cheek

      • 937 April 1, 2024 (1:50 pm)

        Devalue their property and bankroll someone else’s dream?

        “Egads, whatever shall we do!!”

      • Anne April 1, 2024 (2:32 pm)

        Should they continue renting to someone who can’t pay?? The monthly rent was not a secret-I would have assumed they felt they’d have enough business to cover the rent-evidently not. 

  • Gw March 31, 2024 (5:59 pm)

    Bought a bike from them two months ago. I called them on Friday about an issue and the guy said they were packing everything up to storage and doesn’t think they’re coming back from this. 

  • LN April 1, 2024 (10:01 am)

    That’s too bad. I bought a bike they suggested for my needs, and I love it. Helpful staff and great tech. I do hope they’re able to come back. 

  • Lara April 1, 2024 (9:42 pm)

    I was there on the last day they were open, the guy told me the owner wanted to move the store closer to where he is and they were scoping out locations in Beacon Hill. 🤷‍♀️

  • JJ April 2, 2024 (8:22 am)

    The landlord doubled the rent when Click tried to sell to their buyer.  No small business will be able to afford that rental rate.  Say good-bye to your West Seattle small businesses.  They will disappear one by one.

    • WSB April 2, 2024 (9:14 am)

      According to the lease, which is included in the court documents as is usually the case in “unlawful detainer” filings, the base rate for the first two years was $6,000/month. Plus “triple net” (which is usually mentioned in business listings).

  • Rex Hanigan April 3, 2024 (12:17 pm)

    From the comment section here, only a few people actually were able to buy a bike here. I went in last summer to buy two bikes and had budgeted roughly $3k per bike. The owner walked us around and shared various features of each model, and when we asked to take one for a test drive, his word verbatim were “We don’t let people test ride bikes unless they are prepared to buy a bike.” When we assured him that we were there to purchase, he told us to go to REI! Additionally, I took in the bikes we purchased from REI and wanted to have a few things configured (again, trying to put $$ in local businesses). However the owner, who was the only person on the floor, had a loud Podcast playing and wouldn’t be bothered to turn it down, and suggested I call around for price quotes before they would work on them.If they are late on rent, why drive off business?

  • Laura April 6, 2024 (12:10 pm)

    I worked with them to figure out why my bike lights weren’t working properly on my Rad Bike. I was so glad they worked on Rads and was anxious to have them take a look.Knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with to mind thinking about them. He even checked it over to make sure I was safe on my bike.Sorry they had to leave and hoping that hey find a good place to set up shop that is not so expensive.  This kind of help is hard to find.Thanks Guys👍👍

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