Finally, a key player in the dramatic news of the imminent closure of Capitol Hill institution Value Village has spoken out on the issue:
Ah hell no!!! …. https://t.co/yAqfpJgiAP
— Macklemore (@macklemore) October 28, 2015
Ah, hell no. Indeed. The independent rap artist and Capitol Hill resident linked to the Seattle Times story linking to our report :(
The Capitol Hill thrift shop, part of a national chain of stores headquartered in Bellevue, is slated to close on November 7th after 20 years on 11th Ave.
“Though unfortunate, certain business conditions have made it necessary to close our Value Village thrift store in the Capitol Hill neighborhood after a number of years of leasing the space on a month-to-month basis,” a company spokesperson told CHS.
A representative from developer Legacy Commercial, owned by Tom Ellison who also serves as the chairman of the board for Value Village/Savers and is owner of the 11th Ave buildings home to the store and The Stranger, tells CHS that the company is still moving forward with plans for a preservation incentive-boosted 75-foot high office and mixed-use development that will incorporate the two landmark protected, auto row-era structures. In the meantime, the giant space is available for a short-term retail tenant.
Meanwhile, some of the nostalgic love for Value Village may quickly fade as the rapidly growing company’s business practices and competition with nonprofits face increased scrutiny and criticism.
UPDATE 11/5/2015: If you’re really, really sad and can’t even muster the energy to Google, here’s a roster of vintage and thrift opportunities nearby:
- Lifelong Thrift, 312 Broadway E
- Out of the Close Thrift, 1016 E Pike
- Goodwill, 115 Belmont Ave E
- Take 2, 430 15th Ave E
- Pretty Parlor, 119 Summit Ave E
- Revival, 233 Broadway E
- Crossroads Trading Co., 325 Broadway E
- Le Frock, 613 E Pike
- No Parking, 1102 E Pike
- Two Big Blondes, 2501 S Jackson