1999 Geography of Retailing - Seattle/Tacoma
Entrances & Exits: CompUSA purchased two Computer City locations in Seattle this year and continued operating those, while it closed two in the area as well.
Economy: The current state of King and its surrounding counties is good. About 75 percen t of Washington's population lives in the Seattle market, so while smaller retailers face stiff competition up and down the I-5 corridor, the little guys do well in Washington state, catering to those uninterested in city shopping. In the Puget Sound area, 1998 retail sales went up 9 percent and taxable retail sales rose 7 percent. The housing market continues to boom, although an end appears to be in sight. Satellite dishes are quite popular with those too far from Seattle to get good television reception and with those suffering with what some say is horrible service from local cable providers.