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Columbia Sportswear is closing their downtown Seattle store. Covid-19, homeless issues, looting, and high crime rates in the downtown area have led to the closing of the store that first opened in 2008.
In yet another sign of COVID-19′s mounting economic costs, the Columbia Sportswear store has joined the list of businesses that won’t reopen in downtown Seattle after the pandemic.
Columbia Sportswear, one of Oregon’s largest companies, hasn’t publicly commented on the fate of the store at Third Avenue and Pine Street. It was looted during the May 30 protests and is currently boarded up.
But three company employees confirmed that the store, which opened in 2008, is now permanently closed. They said the decision was driven by losses from the pandemic and concerns over downtown’s economic recovery, but also broader business challenges in downtown, including shoplifting and street crime.
Columbia will not be the only store leaving downtown Seattle.
The departure of Columbia Sportswear is the latest in a series of high-profile closures in a part of Seattle that has been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Since March, 126 street-level downtown business locations have closed, according to Downtown Seattle Association (DSA).
The Oregonian seems to be spinning the story towards the pandemic rather than the rise of street crime, looting, violent riots, and the homeless problem in Seattle. That should come as no surprise to Oregonian readers as they have difficulty in making the distinction between rioting, and peaceful protests in Portland.
Portland is facing the same problem, but blaming Covid-19 rather than a dysfunctional city government is not going to solve the problem.
Will the last person leaving Seattle and Portland please turn off the lights.Published in