CHS has written about the interdependence of Capitol Hill commerce with some of our neighboring areas like downtown — and, yes, Northgate. Come Wednesday morning, your trips to Northgate are, indeed, over. Starting at 7a, expect to see an increase in people carrying medium to large household items on the bus back up Capitol Hill from the new downtown City Targetopening at 2nd and Pike:
At the new Target store in downtown Seattle, you won’t find plastic backyard pools, large dining-room tables and dog-food bags that weigh as much as 20 pounds.
But you will find inflatable air mattresses, pub-style tables and 8-pound bags of dog food to save a little space.
Target, the mass merchandiser known for selling trendy-yet-affordable goods to suburban families, now has its sights set on a growing number of urbanites.
With the possibility of similar smaller “big box” retail eventually finding a home on the Hill relatively slim, the arrival of Target downtown could provide a more convenient answer for thousands of Capitol Hill residents looking for a wider selection of things like laundry baskets than they can find at an on-Hill provider like the Broadway Market QFC.
The new downtown Target will feature clothing, health products, electronics and home furnishings. It also is remarkable for its addition of a grocery store to downtown — as well as being a large retail plan that managed to be completed despite the choppy waters following the global recession. A plan for a JC Penny store downtown was scuttled during the same period. The Target will also likely feature more than a few Capitol Hill residents among its force. The giant chain came to Capitol Hill earlier this year for a job fair to hire more than 400 workers.
In a dataset that we can all agree is getting a little wilted, CHS shared the results of a 2008 Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce study that showed that Capitol Hill residents were much more likely than residents in the rest of Seattle to travel to Northgate for their shopping needs. While the mall and other retail is certainly a draw to the area, anecdotes seem to target the Hill’s shopping focus with Target. Add a downtown Apple Store and you might keep Hill people from having to visit University Village, also.