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Old August 28th, 2015, 01:45 AM   #1
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Bellevue/Eastside retail discussion

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Still think Bellevue should have its own retail thread... Hate opening this thread up only to see retail news about Bellevue.
There I fixed it.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:09 AM   #2
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There I fixed it.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:18 AM   #3
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This is pretty ridiculous IMO but whatever ... Fixed some titles.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:45 AM   #4
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Old August 28th, 2015, 02:50 AM   #5
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Uniqlo teams up with Seahawks as part of upcoming store opening in Bellevue

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/b...-upcoming.html
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Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo on Wednesday announced it will open its first store in the Puget Sound region Oct. 16.

The popular casual clothing designer and retailer has more than 1,600 stores around the world and 43 in the United States. The company's first local store will be at Bellevue Square, where the company will operate in a 16,000-square-foot space.

Uniqlo – a contraction of unique and clothes – had a nearly 65 percent increase in international sales last year, according to a Daily Life report, which outlined the company's rigid structure. The company has its "Ten Accountabilities" for managers. One of them is to "always follow company direction. Do not work in your own way."
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Old August 28th, 2015, 03:04 AM   #6
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How many people here actually have shopped at Uniqlo? Honestly, I'm not seeing the caché here. I will admit I'm outside of the core demographic for any retailer, and I haven't bought clothes on this continent that I live on in 5 years (something I just realized this morning, no wonder people think I'm European when I'm out and about), but still!
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Old August 28th, 2015, 04:18 AM   #7
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I'm unbelievably cheap... I'm more of a goodwill value village man myself...
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Old August 28th, 2015, 04:25 AM   #8
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What are "clothes?"
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Old August 28th, 2015, 04:34 AM   #9
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How many people here actually have shopped at Uniqlo? Honestly, I'm not seeing the caché here. I will admit I'm outside of the core demographic for any retailer, and I haven't bought clothes on this continent that I live on in 5 years (something I just realized this morning, no wonder people think I'm European when I'm out and about), but still!
I did!

Found it in Hong Kong of all places. Great prices and pretty good quality. From what I hear, better turnover than H&M for new stuff. Good staple stuff.

We shall see.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 06:30 PM   #10
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I'm surprised there hasn't been more announcements regarding tenants for the "South Common Shops". Uniqlo opens in 7 weeks and I assume Zara will be opening around that time too. I think in an earlier rendering there were placeholders for Nike and H&M too.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #11
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How many people here actually have shopped at Uniqlo? Honestly, I'm not seeing the caché here. I will admit I'm outside of the core demographic for any retailer, and I haven't bought clothes on this continent that I live on in 5 years (something I just realized this morning, no wonder people think I'm European when I'm out and about), but still!
It sells basic pieces of much higher quality than Zara or H&M.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 10:45 PM   #12
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REI

We knew that REI was building a new store in Bellevue, but I didn't know the Redmond store was closing:

http://www.seattletimes.com/business...levue-in-2016/
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Old September 28th, 2015, 08:23 AM   #13
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Seattle Times is reporting Uniqlo is pushing back the opening of their Bellevue store from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 due to delays in construction of their space.
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Old October 13th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #14
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Seattle Times is reporting Uniqlo is pushing back the opening of their Bellevue store from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 due to delays in construction of their space.
Sounds like Zara and Uniqlo are the only stores opening in that old space for now. Didn't Kemper say all the leases were filled?
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Heads must be rolling about that...missing pre-christmas deadlines is a big deal. That includes inventories being ordered (or not), having plenty of warmup time before things get really busy, and so on.
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Not sure how accurate some of these stats are.

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/business/335955991.html

Last year, Downtown Bellevue made $40 million more in retail and dining sales than Downtown Seattle, a role-reversal from the last time Kemper Development did research on those numbers 10 years ago
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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:34 AM   #17
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Not sure how accurate some of these stats are.

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/business/335955991.html

Last year, Downtown Bellevue made $40 million more in retail and dining sales than Downtown Seattle, a role-reversal from the last time Kemper Development did research on those numbers 10 years ago
I find that hard to believe, especially the restaurant revenue. I wonder how narrowly they define Downtown Seattle?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 04:10 PM   #18
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Not sure how accurate some of these stats are.

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/business/335955991.html

Last year, Downtown Bellevue made $40 million more in retail and dining sales than Downtown Seattle, a role-reversal from the last time Kemper Development did research on those numbers 10 years ago
Isn't Bellevue Square one of the best performing malls in the country?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #19
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Yes, definition of Downtown Seattle will be key. Probably a fairly tight set of boundaries.

However there's no doubt that Bellevue Square, Bravern, and the rest of Bellevue's core, possibly as much as a square mile including the other side of the freeway, will have huge sales. Places like that and Southcenter are the top areas for local-customer durable good sales probably by any method.

Downtown dominates visitor sales and food/beverage. It does a huge volume in sales to locals but isn't the largest.

Of course numbers swing pretty heavily if you add cars, hospitals (is that retail?), event admission, and various other categories.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #20
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Heads must be rolling about that...missing pre-christmas deadlines is a big deal. That includes inventories being ordered (or not), having plenty of warmup time before things get really busy, and so on.
Yup, missed store opening were one of the biggest headaches ever. They will probably have a couple weeks worth of inventory that is aged out to clearance by the time that store opens, which means the new store is going to have to eat it (terrible idea), or its all going to be shipped back to the DC and re-allocated. God i hated store delays.
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