The Broadway Building is about to fill its last ground level retail space and, thanks to an eagle eye CHS tipster, we can tell you what will soon be neighboring the newly opened Yogurtland. Thanks to a photo from Jeff — and confirmation of plans filed with DPD — we’ve learned that the final piece of the Broadway retail puzzle in developer Michael Malone’s building will be an outlet of the global video game chain, GameStop.
It will be the sixth GameStop store in the Seattle area including one in the lower level of Pacific Place and one of nearly 7,000 worldwide for the publicly traded company. It joins Panera Bread, Zpizza, Emerald Smoothie, Genki Sushi and the aforementioned Yogurtland in the Broadway — each a chain business. Such is the reality of a post-economic slump world. In an article from 2008 posted to his Hunters Capital Web site, Malone said he hoped not to rent to chains:
Malone said that it’s too early to say what sort of retail tenants will occupy the finished building. But he vowed to create a balance and help provide businesses the neighborhood needs.
“We’re not going to rent to national chains,” he said. “We won’t go there. The goal is to create spaces that are an asset to the neighborhood.”
Come 2011, the GameStop global chain is about to join the Broadway retail mix — though company representatives have not yet confirmed the new store with us, we have found records with DPD indicating GameStop as the responsible party for work now being done in the retail space directly across the street from Seattle Central Community College.
GameStop touts itself as “the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer.” CHS recently reported that Spin Cycle, perhaps one of the world’s smallest multichannel used game, video and music retailers, is set to open on Broadway on May 1st.