Ocryx and Joe

Ocryx and Joe do Freighthouse Square

All that nice space- too bad nobody can afford it.
posted Sep 17, 2009
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First things- I love Freighthouse Square. It's a great facility, and could easily be the nerve center of the Dome District. However- it's not without its problems. Does it make good business sense to drive out your retail tenants by consistently raising the rents again and again, especially during tight times? (Well, I suppose it does leave more room for those Sound Transit meetings...)

It's only fitting that the Black Lake Haunted Asylum takes place in Freighthouse Square- soon, it will hard to tell the haunted house from the rest of the facility. ...perhaps the management is just biding their time hoping for Amtrak to relocate their Tacoma passenger station to Freighthouse Square after the Lakewood-DuPont Sounder lines go through?

New advertising slogan- "Freighthouse Square- one of the best non-utilized spaces in the city. Almost as empty as the Luzon, but without the tree."

by KevinFreitas on 9/17/2009 @ 10:40am
Haha, nice. Was just over there today and have paid many a visit and it seems emptier than ever. I love the location but never liked how the building is laid out inside. It's claustrophobic and completely uninviting to shoppers and, I'd imagine, most would-be retailers. It'd be great to gut the place and start fresh.

by MarkMonlux on 9/18/2009 @ 9:44am
Frieghthouse Square needs a mission statement or something other than: Um, can you make our rent?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/18/2009 @ 11:00am
That's the problem- nobody can make the rent. I don't know if a mission statement would help at that point, athough it does seem like many of the previous well-presented boutiques have been replaced with things like tattoo parlors, cheap cell phone stores, and pawn shops. Wait- It's almost like a newer, less-prosperous B&I circus store! (but without the carousel).

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 11:24am
Haha, nice. Was just over there today and have paid many a visit and it seems emptier than ever.

Yeah. Sad. The first floor is almost completely empty with Katies now gone and the hair salon gone.

The second floor have more vacancies than ever. Its in worse shape now tenant wise than ever. If it gets much worse, the place could go into a death spiral and it will be hard to keep the doors open.

On the bright side, Wendy's cannot be topped for food. Worth eating if you find yourself there.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 11:37am
Considering that's our Sounder station, FH(FH) in it's current state isn't doing T-Town's image any good.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 11:54am
is it any wonder Tacoma1 wants to bury us under walls of dirt?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/18/2009 @ 12:59pm
There's definitely still some good food in there, and I sincerely hope that the eateries are doing some decent business on the commuter crowds.

by jenyum on 9/18/2009 @ 4:57pm
Isn't there room in there now for a theater? There's a similar sort of place in Emeryville CA that does well because it's right next to a movie theater (and a big Borders.) With all of that empty space, it seems like it would be perfect for a quick dinner and a movie.

Combine that (barely used) event space with the downstairs and you could fit several cinemas.

I wish we could attract a movie theater chain (yes, an indy theater would be cool too but probably even harder to get) but with in the current economic climate and with the current management it seems unlikely.

by Shaiha on 9/18/2009 @ 5:36pm
Sounder Train or the City of Tacoma really needs to run the lunatic that owns Freighthouse out.

by NineInchNachos on 9/18/2009 @ 8:11pm
what I would give for a decent hobby shop!

by Erik on 9/18/2009 @ 8:24pm
what I would give for a decent hobby shop!

They have Lego. Is that good enough?

by jenyum on 9/18/2009 @ 9:14pm
They don't actually sell legos there, though. (Or they didn't the last time I was there which was admittedly some time ago) It's just kind of an open lego studio.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/18/2009 @ 9:38pm
Could we convince another developer to buy FH(FH)?

Or, could we start some sort of LLC that buys places like FH(FH) and develops them like we think it should?

-Apparently the group of us think we can run it better, so why not prove it?

by fredo on 9/18/2009 @ 10:43pm
Lots of people dream about going into busines for themselves. Some of these people have entreprenuerial talent, a realistic business plan and a reasonable amount of capital. Freight House Square is for the other people.