like a phoenix, the old Macy’s building at 300 Pine Street rose from the ashes of the department store’s pre-pandemic closure to become Uniqlo‘s first location in Seattle proper. Get out your affordable basics: it’s time to celebrate.
When the international casual wear company opens November 18 in this prime location on the corner of Fourth and Pine, it won’t take up the entire first floor of the building – other tenants are to be determined, but Uniqlo’s global CEO, Daisuke Tsukagoshi, has confirmed plans to ” connect with other interior retailers in the future.” The mall revival was not on our 2022 bingo card, but at this point nothing would shock us.
“We had been looking for several years to open a store in the city center” after the success of Uniqlo in its Bellevue and Southcenter stores (opened in 2015 and 2018 respectively), explains Tsukagoshi. In the Seattle market, the retailer observed a preference for “garments that offer comfort and quality above all else”, such as products made from windproof fleece and warming Heattech fabric, which will be featured prominently in the downtown store’s holiday season offerings. (Uniqlo has clothing for adults, kids, and babies, making it a solid, reasonably priced option for gift shopping.)
The opening, like several other major arrivals to downtown Seattle in recent times, comes amid genuine concerns about the neighborhood’s continued vitality amid the homelessness crisis and a shortage of workers. desk.
It also comes amid perennial complaints, most often from outsiders, that the heart of the city is beyond repair. Seattle is dying, and all we got was this surprisingly cute, locally-inspired $20 graphic tee? We will take it.