The Broadway Building, a mixed-use, ode to Gucci/Prada (iconic red stripe anyone) building, currently in development across from the Broadway Seattle Central Community College, announced today that they have secured two new retailer tenants:
Bellevue-based Franchisor Emerald City Smoothie (they have over 65 locations including in Connecticut and expect to expand the franchise by another 30) will have a presence here. Emerald City Smoothie already has a location at 428 Broadway East. Since franchisees normally are given territory rights, we contacted the existing Emerald City Smoothie for comment. Sarah Glesk, the manager at 428 Broadway East, explained to us that both locations have the same owner – hence no competition.
The other tenant will be Genki Sushi, an outlet of a kaiten (via conveyor-belt) sushi that is very popular in Hawaii. They already have a Seattle location in Lower Queen Anne, but this is their first offering on the Hill. Is Vi Bacchus (strange name for a Japanese place perhaps an ode to leftover decorations from la spiga), which is only a block away too far a walk for Seattle Central students?
I think Hendrix will feel out of place with these new neighbors – what say you?