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Feb. 10, 2009 at 7:19am

Downtown Starbucks Closure Casualty

Looks like the Starbucks at 15th and Commerce is no more. Not a coffee lover myself I'm sure this had been noticed sooner by those seeking their fix. It's an unfortunate vacancy as it leaves a large blank spot on an already barren 2-block long block whose only retail is Sea Grill and that smoothie place. However you feel about Starbucks or going local it's still hard to see yet another vacancy pop up.

So did this change your habits at all? Do you now frequent the Tully's down the street? Renaissance or Metro Coffee downtown? Or perhaps Forza, Cavanaugh's, Satellite as you leave home?

comments [12]  |  posted under closed, coffee, starbucks, tacoma

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by izenmania on 2/10/2009 @ 7:31am
We did have quite a bit of warning... this store was on the list when they announced that big wave of national closures last year. I believe it was the only Tacoma 'Bucks on the list.

by KevinFreitas on 2/10/2009 @ 8:25am
Yeah, thought that was one of 'em. Guess I can be proud I hadn't notice which means I'm probably saving lots of money not getting coffee each day. Still, bummer of a vacancy.

Wonder what else would fit well in this spot. Bail bonds perhaps? ;)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/10/2009 @ 8:40am
I'm surprised there were no people out front picketing before the store shut down. Surely someone had some love for this store. Seriously, though, there is a Starbucks a few blocks away on Pacific in both directions. Not sure who Starbucks was going to attract with this location. If this store is shut down does the Smoothie place have much time left?

by izenmania on 2/10/2009 @ 8:49am
It's the perfect place to attract the throngs of Convention Center attendees that... oh wait...

by joel413 on 2/10/2009 @ 9:51am
When it was orginally announced I know some folks at DaVita were up in arms.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/10/2009 @ 10:32am
Davita is not close enough to Tully's?

by thriceallamerican on 2/10/2009 @ 10:35am
Yeah, WTF. I'll never understand why people will pass up closer coffee shops just to get to a Starbucks.

by Erik on 2/10/2009 @ 11:14am
Yeah. A billion dollar dead zone.

So much money spent on Ranier Pacific Building, the adjacent Convention Center, Marriot and an independant LINK stop and the area cannot even maintain a Starbucks.

So harsh and empty the area is.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/10/2009 @ 1:35pm
How would anyone know that they were in Tacoma unless this space was empty?

Is it possible that Starbucks Corporate got a memo from the City to vacate?

Filling storefronts around here just causes confusion.


by fredo on 2/11/2009 @ 4:07pm
Izen-I think you identified the problem. The convention center never caught on, so the businesses which went in next to it to profit from all the convention traffic also never caught on. Of course the taxpayers don't have Starbuck's ability to move out. We get to pay for the convention center from now until...well, in perpetuity.

by Jake on 2/11/2009 @ 4:25pm
I think it is the building. Starbucks and Sea Grill should have been put on Pacific Ave at street level. Or atleast Sea Grill should have been on Pacific Ave. The building should have been built all the way to the corner on 15th and Commerce and Starbucks should have had a more visible location there.

All you have to do is look at Sea Grill getting rid of lunch but PG is doing good at lunch and dinner. Both have good food around the same price range. The decor of Sea Grill is a little..umm... cruise shippy but still good food. IMO it is totally the design of the building and location of the businesses that is the problem.

by izenmania on 2/11/2009 @ 5:27pm
I can see that problem for Sea Grill, but the Starbucks had enough other things wrong with it that I doubt it would have survived anyway. Its two flanking Starbucks are damn close, with one being closer to Russel and the other being closer to UWT, dividing up most of the business on that end of Pacific, and Tully's probably sucking up the majority of DaVita business. The only way a Starbucks, especially of that size (it had a remarkably large seating area, which can't have been cheap) survives there is major traffic right there... not near there, but right there. And that will really only come from the convention center.

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