Target is coming to Ballard next year

Updated: For years there have been rumors of Target coming to Ballard, but now it’s official.

My Ballard has learned Target has signed a lease to take the first floor of the new office building at the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW Market St., according to real estate developer Martin Selig.

Target will join Polyclinic, WeWork and Equal Exchange coffee in the new 200,000 square-foot office building that’s under construction where the Shell gas station was located. It’s slated to open in the first quarter of next year, Selig said.

Given the available square footage, it’s unclear if the new store is a CityTarget — a smaller, urban version of the discount store, like the one in downtown — or an even smaller TargetExpress store. When we reached Target this afternoon, it provided this statement:

At Target, we continuously explore possible locations for new stores, including in the Seattle area. We are currently focused on new store growth with our small-format stores, which are smaller than our general merchandise Target stores and are located in dense urban and suburban neighborhoods as well as college campuses. I can tell you we are pursuing the opportunity to reach guests in the Ballard neighborhood, but at this time, we’re not at a point where we can share any new store plans.

The building is located on Ballard’s busiest corner, right next to the proposed location of the Ballard elevated light rail station. One of the few office buildings in the neighborhood, it has has underground parking for 253 vehicles.

“There really is no office space market in Ballard,” Selig told us, explaining they’ve had to work hard to lease the 5-story building, which is now 80% leased. “All that’s left is floor 3,” he said.

(Our thanks to K and Scott for their tips that led to this story.)

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Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

Oh good. Sunset Bowl became doggy day care and now a Target. Progress, I say!

Can’t wait for the security guard carnage as they get assaulted trying to prevent junkies from stealing sweatshop Jordans.

ROBERT WYKOFF
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ROBERT WYKOFF

will they sell tents which can disgrace our schools?

NO JORDANS IN BALLARD
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NO JORDANS IN BALLARD

Don’t worry, Bhagwan, Target doesn’t sell Jordans.

Grocery Store City
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Grocery Store City

Hopefully Target will sell groceries, there are just so few options with only 6 grocery stores in five block radius.

guesg
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guesg

… or prescription drugs, so I can get my vicodin refill on any corner of Market and 15th.

Michael
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Michael

I like Target, but Northgate is close enough.
Do we really need a bog box suburban type store in a classic city neighborhood like Ballard? I think NOT.

Local soccer lady 🤙
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Local soccer lady 🤙

Think of how many local soccer moms are going to live happier now. …but no way will they have groceries. #BallardMarket4life ⚽️ 🍯

Local soccer lady 🤙
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Local soccer lady 🤙

Bring some light rail public transit over this way too!! Target could help with that.

Desentupimentos Lourinha
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Not everything is bad, on the plus side there are more jobs opportunities!

Alicia C
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Alicia C

Love the positive spin. But I don’t think anyone can afford to live in Ballard on a Target salary.

elenchos
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elenchos

Another business jumping at the chance to open a store in Ballard, and the cranky old men are bitter, because it makes them look like fools, with all their talk of doom and gloom. Could just admit you were wrong and put it behind you.

Here’s something for you to get riled up about: Target doesn’t separate boys and girls toys. Did you know? Not like in your old days, when everything was perfect, thus you turned out perfect. Tell us about how much better it was when you were a kid. Your magnificent self is the proof. Brag. Don’t be shy! Talk about how you’re better than those darn millennials with their non-binaries. Everyone loves it when you do that. Don’t forget to say snowflake a lot because that’s proof that you really are better than everyone.

Just kidding. Go back to talking about how you don’t want more grocery options. Brilliant.

Ben foosh
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Ben foosh

Ballard and classy sadly don’t belong in the same sentence. We’re living in a Sims type reality.

Phoenix Rizen
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Really a nice article.

Spa treatments are the services that a spa provides. The most popular skin care treatments Lynchburg VA in the United States, by far, is massage. It has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits.

Harri Karri
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Harri Karri

elenchos obviously works for a developer. Any relatives on the city clowncil?

ballardite
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ballardite

Yay Equal Exchange Coffee – I’ve missed you and glad you will be back!

Bam
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Bam

What’s their bathroom policy going to be?

guesty
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guesty

@BAM – probably junkies and transients only…

elenchos
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elenchos

Weird how all that office space is filling up so fast. Don’t they know on daily basis they’ll be viciously inconvenienced by armies of very unattractivly dressed and not at all sweet smelling strangers? Don’t they read the vivid, totally not made up tales of heinous inconvenience posted daily on your MyBallards and Nextdoors? Surely they don’t scoff at these very very factual anonymous posts written by totally calm neighbors whose civic spit just oozes from everywhere. Don’t they read (and believe!) the definitely not fake Facebook groups that prove how much unreported crime goes unreported because, hello? How could you post it on Facebook if it wasn’t totally true. And calm.

The fools. Just wait until they see how much uncouth it really is.

Somebody email Target a link to that Seattle Times oped by the pharma shill whose moving to Bellevue because Northgate has become shockingly inconvenient. And because Lorena Gonzales refuses to arrest people for no good reason except the Constitution of the United States.

Also, hobo filled Ballard is too gentrified and Target ain’t classy enough for classy people like us.

Skip
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Skip

But nobody that works there will have cars, right?

Ballard has the coolest chains
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Ballard has the coolest chains

Wendy’s, Walgreens, Safeway, Target, Five Guys and Jimmy John’s all within 45 seconds of each other. All we need now is a Sbarro!

Ballard has the coolest chains
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Ballard has the coolest chains

How did I forget the Golden Arches?!

mo
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mo

I pay 3k in rent. Time to leave this state. I have been here for 17 years. Time to leave this state. I lived in Ballard for 5 of those years.

Wait, is it time to leave this state?

Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

I love the cognitive dissonance about “unique Seattle” while parts of Ballard become bland urban strip malls.

It’s on par with the “we’re in a 2nd Great Depression!” excuses they make for the junkie hobos RIGHT after bragging about the “wealthy Blue cities” and how we have nearly full employment.

Please stick to just one false, but coherent, narrative.

Ballard123
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Ballard123

Box stores are the death knell of local culture and small businesses because they:

Occupy more than 50,000 square feet of space (sometimes as much as 250,000).

Require large sales volumes, so they often use predatory marketing strategies to take sales away from existing retailers.

Rely on shoppers who arrive at the store by car, so they need large-capacity roads.

Include acres of parking and occupy a large footprint.

Create site development that neglects any community or pedestrian amenities.

Seek to dominate markets and provide no unique culture, products, or identity.

https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/smart-growth-working-families/harms-big-box-retail

elenchos
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elenchos

So you want your Shell station back? For the unique culture. And it doesn’t rely on people who arrive in cars? Yeah, good old Shell, that quaint bit of Old Ballard, founded by Sven Jorgenjorgejorg in 1899, selling handmade artisan gasoline just like his grandmother back in Norway used to make every Christmas.

Only MyBallard could fill up with self-pity and alarm that the sky is falling because of a… Target. A Target store. Of course if a Neiman Marcus moved in you’d all grouse about gentrification, and if it was cute artisan shops you’d complain about hipsters and if nobody moved in you’d be sounding the alarm that Ballard is dying.

The fact is that this neighborhood blog thrives on negativity and the regulars here thrive on hate. It’s not healthy.

Daguerreohype
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Daguerreohype

Very few of you mouthy people have any pride in your neighborhood. Also, those that whine about Seattle no longer being the Seattle of the 90s, can’t you find anything better to do? Get over it and do something productive with yourself. Death knell of local culture. ROFL.

Yay target, a store that allows me to afford the stuff I need to live. Yay for new jobs for people.
Yay for having one closer than Northgate so I don’t have to sit in traffic just to get my groceries (and waste my gas).

And MO, you should probably shop around for cheaper rent, it does exist. Or leave. We don’t care either way.

ELENCHOS: 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

Bhagwan Shree Sawant
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Bhagwan Shree Sawant

@Daguerreohype
If we wanted to live in Northgate, we would. Try visiting Europe and turn off the Lil’ Wayne.