Available for sublease starting Nov. 1: the entire 10th floor of the Washington Mutual Tower in downtown Seattle. More than 22,000 square...
Available for sublease starting Nov. 1: the entire 10th floor of the Washington Mutual Tower in downtown Seattle. More than 22,000 square feet.
“Premier Class A office space,” proclaims the listing that appeared on the database Officespace.com a few days ago. “Mix of private offices and open work area. Furniture and phone systems can be made available.”
The listing doesn’t name the tenant who’s moving out and putting the space on the market. That would be your Seattle Sonics, er, Oklahoma City whatevers.
This is one lease they’re still on the hook for.
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The Sonics moved their corporate offices to the WaMu Tower from a waterfront building a few blocks from KeyArena just over a year ago.
When he announced the move in May 2007, the Sonics president, Danny Barth, said it would save the NBA team $400,000 a year, and that the Sonics saw “a valuable sales and marketing advantage to being located in the downtown business district.”
The team’s Oklahoma owners already were making noises about relocating the franchise to Oklahoma City, and Barth said in a news release at the time that “I know there may be speculation regarding the timing of the (corporate office) move.”
But this was strictly a financial decision, he added.
The Sonics, or whatever they will be called once they officially come up with a name (and it’s sounding like Thunder), won’t be rid of their WaMu Tower space until the end of 2010.
Wasn’t that the same year another lease — the one at KeyArena — was supposed to expire?
— Eric Pryne
The grass is
always greener …
Weyerhaeuser’s announcement this past week that it was cutting 1,500 jobs and had lost money for the third quarter in a row prompted a variety of reactions, but none was as quintessentially Seattle as the voice-mail from an anonymous Seattle Times reader:
“This is what happens when you sit and wait for trees to grow,” the gravel-voiced man said. “Weyerhaeuser should be involved in industrial cannabis.”
Industrial cannabis, the marijuana relative otherwise known as hemp, grows much quicker than, say, Douglas fir. Its fibers and oil can be used to make products ranging from paper and cloth to biofuel and concrete building blocks.
It’s also illegal to grow in the U.S., which might hinder hemp’s usefulness in turning Weyerhaeuser around.
Still, you can’t accuse the freelance consultant of missing the hemp forest for the trees.
— Drew DeSilver
Is it real? Or is it
BEIJING — China sells official Olympic souvenirs in a place where tourists can’t miss them — inside the market for pirated goods. The sprawling indoor mall called Silk Alley is home to dozens of small shops selling fake brand-name clothing, golf gear, watches and other products.
It’s a mecca for tourists from around the world looking for designer knockoffs at a fraction of the price that real ones cost. In Beijing, some trademarks enjoy more protection than others: The stand for authorized Olympic souvenirs sits inside the main floor just opposite a shop selling faux Ralph Lauren polo shirts.
Among the trendy clothes for sale was a new creation giving Starbucks some free advertising. Vendors put a large, green Starbucks logo on the front of T-shirts and sweat shirts.
No irony in this iron-on: Even as it shrinks in the U.S., the chain still is expanding in China as a popular hangout.
— Kristi Heim
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