Apple Is Scouting Another Seattle Location

February 22, 2012

Rumors have been swirling for the past 15 months about potential downtown Seattle locations for an Apple store, and now tipsters are pointing to the Broadacres Building on 2nd Avenue, where three levels of space will become available when Nordstrom Rack relocates in the coming months. According to the sources, Apple’s real estate team has been in contact with the building management about leasing the space, but no firm commitment has been made. The building is located with the heart of the city’s urban core, the building management boasts, “and at the crossroads of Seattle’s main shopping and entertainment districts.” Pike Place Market, the city’s symphony hall and art museum are just a short walk away, and in-city residential areas are adjacent. Nordstrom’s lease expired this month, so the basement, ground, first and second levels of the building will become available, a total of 43,000 square-feet. The corner building would have impressive 80 and 75-foot storefronts, a feature Apple prefers. Previous rumors centered around 601 Pine Street, inside the former Old Navy store. The nearest existing Apple store to this new location is University Village, about five miles north. There is no timeline for the store’s opening. Download (pdf) the leasing brochure for more superlatives about the retail space and to view a map of the building’s neighbors.

The Broadacres Building opened in 1907 at 1601 2nd Avenue, and is now being marketed as "2nd and Pine." Nordstrom Rack is moving out, and consolidating with the regular Nordstrom store several blocks away. The change leaves three levels and the basement vacant. The upper floors of the 9-story building are occupied by offices.

The ground-floor space is appropriately sized for an Apple store, and has excellent corner visibility.

The second level has an open space to the ground floor, which would be an attractive feature for Apple. The third floor (11,206 s.f.) and basement (13,503 s.f.) spaces are also available for lease.

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