Only a rumor at this stage as we have not confirmed any of it but neighbor Rob has the goods on yet another Pioneer Square area business headed to Capitol Hill. Add another item to the ‘How Capitol Hill Became the Most Hated Neighborhood in Seattle‘ list. One key question: What will Pioneer Square Video call itself after it moves to E. Pine Street? Take it away, Rob:
While walking down Pine Street today I ran into the owners of Pioneer Square Video, it seems they are moving 606 E Pine under a new name. Having lived in Pioneer Square I used their shop a lot and I am excited to see them coming to the hill, they have a ton of movies, more than any other stores on the Hill I believe.
They mentioned they are going to be doing $14.99 unlimited rentals, which is the same price as Netflix and you don’t have to wait on the mail. No idea what their shop looks like as they had it all blacked out but they were in a really big space before, at least 4,000 square feet.
Figured you all could get more info, as they were understandably busy moving, I forgot what their new name was, sorry.
We have e-mail out to the Pioneer Square folks but no word back from them yet to confirm or fill in details on timing, etc. We stopped by for the picture on this post and found the windows newly covered with butcher paper — the universal sign of work in progress. Full disclosure: I worked with the store last year to help them bring the now defunct PioneerSquareNews.com online. They used that site to announce another change back in March 2009 when they moved their shop all of three blocks to 1st Ave S. They also said they’d be changing their name to Pioneer Video after that move — though they’ve continued to go by PSV on their Web site.
Capitol Hill’s video rental scene has been going through some tumult. The Hollywood Video chain recently pulled out of Broadway as part of a nationwide downsizing. Meanwhile, indies On 15th Video, Video Connection and Broadway Video (CHS advertiser) continue to do battle with the Blockbuster on Broadway, the Netflixes and Amazons of the world and the other bane of local video shops — Red Box video kiosks brought to you by the good people at Coinstar.
As for Pioneer’s apparent new home on Pine, it’s conveniently located between Kurrent and the Rudy’s/Stumptown center of the hipster universe and directly across the street from 611 Supreme and R Place. It sounds like the Pioneer people are in for a downsizing to fit into the new place. The 1,150 square-foot store was previously home to JJ’s Boutique (We noted its opening in September 2008 but not its passing — Sorry JJ). Here’s the blurb from the real estate listing:
Great retail frontage on E. Pine & Belmont across from Phil Smart Dealership! Newer 2001 building, modern build out with high ceilings. Retail space is currently “JJ’s Boutique.” Available immediately with 1,150 SF for lease. Looking for 3+ year term NNN. Private restroom. One designated garage parking. (Additional garage parking space can be purchased or leased.) Ideal for retail sales or office use! Spa, salon, clothing, electronics, sporting goods, wireless telecommunications, accounting, etc.
Phil Smart? We hope nobody at Supreme or R Place is easily offended.