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Feb. 11, 2009 at 12:55pm

Crescent Moon On The Freighthouse Outs

Could it be that Freighthouse may be losing a virtual flagship of it's ragtag fleet of retail businesses? According to a sign posted outside Crescent Moon Gifts last week that could very well be the case.

In other news, word is that Freighthouse will soon be getting a BBQ place as well as a hot dog place. Still, time to overhaul the entire Freighthouse concept omho.

comments [10]  |  posted under crescent moon gifts, freighthouse square, retail, shops, tacoma

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by Erik on 2/11/2009 @ 1:28pm
I like freighhouse square but it often it seems like such a sad place.

by izenmania on 2/11/2009 @ 1:43pm
It's caught in the same vicious cycle that other areas of downtown are... it's a good place to put retail in, but no retail that would attract customers wants to move in there because there is no OTHER retail that will really attract customers. It needs a bunch of solid retailers to fill it up all at once... businesses moving in piecemeal die off because they have no foot traffic support. Even the lunch rush does nothing... most of them come on the link and go straight in the lunch doors, rather than walking past any interior shops.

by tacoma1 on 2/11/2009 @ 1:49pm
Erik,
It's sad to see shops struggling down there. Unfortunately, almost all retail right now is an exercise in financial survival. I�ve tried hard to like freight house square, but have found that I have little reason to become a frequent customer for anything there but the Link and Sounder. The restaurant seating area (or lack thereof) is a big turnoff for me. I don't enjoy sitting in the middle of a hallway to eat a meal. I also think that the area is suffering (other than the economy) from the lack of a large retail anchor or grocer that could drive traffic to the smaller shops.

by morgan on 2/11/2009 @ 2:24pm
Very sad. Things were going so well over there but ever since it changed hands a few years ago it's been without focus. All the more reason for the creation of a non-profit development authority - not unlike the one created to save the Pike Place Market decades ago when city leaders wanted to tear it down.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/11/2009 @ 2:38pm
With all the traffic that the Dome station and parking attracts you would think the business would be pretty brisk at the freight house square. Couple this with the business the TAcoma Dome brings in and you'd think doing business at the FHS would be like shooting fish in a barrel.

by izenmania on 2/11/2009 @ 2:54pm
Unfortunately there's no need to pass the retail to get between the link, Sounder or food, and since the place is all interior, there's nothing to draw people to the ends of the building when they don't know what's there.

by tacoma1 on 2/11/2009 @ 3:08pm
Commuters rush through in the morning with minutes (sometimes seconds) to spare to catch their train or bus. Not making for a great retail opportunity then. In the evening, commuters are rushing through to home, go to the store, or go to a restaurant, etc. Again, not the best retail opportunity exists. Ergo, any retail strategy dependant solely on commuters is bound to fail.

If there was a true reason to go there and shop, or to stop before the commuters leave, then the small shops could survive. The empty parking lots (Tacoma's continual solution to attract customers) just provide a place to park to get out of town.

Since I'm dreaming of what could be, I am dreaming that a major grocer, a McLendon�s Hardware, along with the pending LeMay museum all moved into or next door to freighthouse. Then bring the Amtrak station over to consolidate travelers (as is planned I think in the 2012 - 2014 time frame, The Amtrak patrons actually can have time to kill, then we could add indoor seating for the restaurants and put in a nice local brew pub. Now that would be a sweet.

by thriceallamerican on 2/11/2009 @ 3:23pm
Maybe also reconfigure the food portion to be less hallway-like? (Not sure how this would be done w/o reducing the number of businesses, but worth exploring nonetheless...)

by fredo on 2/11/2009 @ 3:39pm
How about a quick clinic to service the injured spectators from the monster truck shows?

by tacoma1 on 2/11/2009 @ 3:42pm
@Fredo,
Sadly, no clinic is needed for them. Just grief counseling and mortuary services.

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