Shop in Seattle

With the highest crane count in the country, Seattle and its surrounding areas are focused on new construction, and with it, a proposed new lifestyle. New urban shopping centers, along with small neighborhood shops, are becoming the new normal, as customers have immediate access to goods at all price points.

With Nordstrom housing their headquarters downtown, Seattle has always been a hub for department store commerce, but in recent years the city has seen more and more centers throughout the area. Pacific Palace, home to Nordstrom, features three anchor tenants across its 335,000 square feet, including an underground parking garage.

Built in 1956, University Village spans across 24 acres in the south corner of Ravenna neighborhood. The open-air shopping center features a variety of restaurants, boutiques, and national retailers.

Seattle’s suburbs, with greater capacity, are also partaking in the lifestyle and luxury shopping centers. Bellevue Square, at 1.3 million square feet, features over 180 stores with 3 anchor retailers. Featuring restaurants, retailers, and even a concierge service, Bellevue Square attracts over 16 million visitors annually.

Other suburbs of Seattle are following a lifestyle trend, which features all-inclusive living. These European-inspired centers combine open-air premium shopping with luxury residences. Two projects, Bravern and Kirkland Urban (in Bellevue and Kirkland respectively), focus on upscale retailers that are just steps from concierge-style apartments.

So, while Amazon provides the opportunity for one-hour delivery on many items, developers continue to rely on the in-person experience of shopping for quality goods.