First we lost Easy Street Records, it closed its doors in January. Now, it looks like the music is truly going to die this June when Silver Platters’ Queen Anne shop moves to SODO.
According to our news partner, The Seattle Times, the store couldn’t negotiate the lease it wanted. In this case, Silver Platters wanted a longer lease (Easy Street wanted a shorter lease), but it couldn’t get a lease longer than 2 years at the 5th Ave N and Roy St location.
The new SODO digs at 2930 First Ave. S (across from Starbucks HQ) are guaranteed for 5 years, and it’s cheaper to boot. Silver Platters will be moving in June – no word yet on what will fill their place.
From our news partner The Seattle Times:
“Commercial real estate is starting to get on the upswing again,” explained Silver Platters owner Mike Batt (pictured here), who has operated the Queen Anne Store (one of three Silver Platters) since 2007. “(Owners) who are sitting on a property with two floors on it are not looking after their investment.”
And, a familiar refrain:
He emphasized that he was sorry to leave Queen Anne. “If I had the same deal here, I would stay,” he said.
Let’s hope that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. With many new developments coming in the next year, density will increase – let’s hope the new residents shop local and support our business owners!