BIZ UPDATE: Three New Businesses, Four Re-Openings And Identity Of Potential New Cinema Company
UPDATE 10/21/09: We have added one new business (Bratz, a German cafe) and one re-opening (Skippers) to this story, which we hope will continue to develop…
It may not be a boom. But even as the recession continues to buffet Highline communities, businesses are discovering â€“ and returning to â€“ Burien.
â€œWe have a trickle of new businesses coming in here,â€ Burien Economic Development Manager Dick Loman told The B-Town Blog recently. â€œWeâ€™re gradually filling up our vacant (commercial) spaces, and itâ€™s happening in the worst economic climate in decades.
â€œYouâ€™d think it would be very quiet, but itâ€™s not,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s very amazing and weâ€™re very fortunate to have this happening.â€
- Grand Central Bakery, with popular stores in Pioneer Square and on Eastlake Avenue in Seattle, has announced plans to expand its business by moving into the vacant retail space at 626 SW 152nd St., next to Sylvan Learning Center.
- And Redfish Grill, already doing a successful business in Tacoma, is going to open a second dining spot in the building recently occupied by The Keg on SW 148th St. at the entrance to the Safeway shopping center.
- Bratz, a German-style fast food cafe, has its signage in place in a spot on 6th SW, just across the street from Sal’s Deli. We spoke with co-owner Robert Lang, who says that the store should open in “two to four weeks” and foodwise to expect “German beer, the world’s best sausages, schnitzels, red cabbage, pretzels, potato salad and more.” Robert and his brother John are both from Germany, and they have one other location in Seattle’s U-District.
- Remaining in Burien, after closing its doors when displaced by the third-runway flight path north of Sea-Tac International Airport, is Filibertoâ€™s Cucina Italiana. This popular Italian restaurant, long a local favorite, is moving downtown and will reopen at 653 SW. 152nd St (next to Key Bank).
- Already back in business with new owners is Wizards Casino at 15739 Ambaum Blvd. SW, next to the Hi-Line Lanes bowling alley. The return of Wizards was especially good news for the city â€“ itâ€™s one of Burienâ€™s 10 largest employers.
- Skipper’s Seafood & Chowder, located at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. and SW 148th, has also re-opened.
- In the meantime, Car Pros of Tacoma continues to indicate it will reopen Burien Nissan at Five Corners as soon as their business plan is finalized and approved.
Why this interest? â€œIt starts with the availability of property â€¦ on a reasonable-cost basis,â€ according to Loman, together with marketing studies that indicate these businesses will do well.
Burien has â€œa reputation of being friendly and a cool place to be â€¦ these are destination-type businesses that draw from a much larger area than just Burien. Itâ€™s location, location, location.â€
As these businesses locate or relocate in Burien, another is expressing interest in coming here â€“ and being the anchor of the phase two development in Town Square.
- Loman identified the company that wants to develop a 10-screen cinema complex in Town Square as Galaxy Theaters, headquartered in Los Angeles.
- Galaxy Theatres runs 10 different “first-run” movie complexes in four states, including three in Washington â€“ Monroe, Tacoma and Gig Harbor.
- Here’s a blurb from their website:
Galaxy Theatres, LLC is a fully integrated movie theatre company.
Privately owned, it is ranked by size in the top 10% of its industry, according to the National Theatre Association and currently has theatres in California, Nevada, Texas and Washington.
Formed in 1998, its focus is to develop and operate a portfolio of high impact, state-of-the-art movie entertainment theatres in selected markets of the western United States.
Galaxy Theatresâ€™ award winning business philosophy of â€œMore than just a Theatreâ€ incorporates the best in movie entertainment with the Companyâ€™s philosophy of active community service.
â€œBeing socially entrepreneurial builds strong bonds and goodwill in the communities we serveâ€, according to Frank Rimkus, the Companyâ€™s CEO.
- Representatives of both Galaxy and Urban Partners, the private developer of Town Square, will appear before the Burien City Council at the Nov. 2 meeting to discuss their proposal.