Shoppers say the city center has been packed in recent weeks, meaning the uptrend could last through December.
SEATTLE — The holiday season is in full swing with last-minute shoppers. And a new report by the Downtown Seattle Association shows that the downtown retail hub in November saw an increase in visitor arrivals compared to last year.
Debbie and Michael Diaz, who are visiting Seattle for the first time, said: “We just got our last Christmas present right here. Bought some cool stuff.” “This is one of the cities on our list of places to visit. To come see and explore, I think it met all of our expectations.”
They weren’t the only ones making their way to the city center.
According to the Downtown Seattle Association, November had more than 2.1 million visitors, still lower than the pre-pandemic figure in November 2019, but slightly higher than last year. On the weekend after Thanksgiving, the downtown retail hub had more than 115,000 visitors, up 6% from 2021 numbers. That trend has been and continues with heavy commuters in the following weekends.
Michael Diaz said: “Last night looked busy, yesterday’s market was quite crowded. Friday afternoon, Friday night, Saturday morning was busy, really busy.”
Despite this slight increase. People still cannot ignore the vacant space for rent.
Michael Diaz said: “We recognize that there are a few restaurants that are no longer open but most are still very easy to find what is still available.
But for the Diaz family, that still doesn’t stop them from coming back for more.
Michael Diaz said: “It was great, would definitely love to come back in the summer when it warms up.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/downtown-seattle-increase-in-shoppers-november/281-4a617d43-0811-4273-97ab-179ade9c7811 Downtown Seattle Association report shows increase in downtown visitors in November