This piece was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal on Sept. 29, 2017.
Between 2010 and 2015, taxable retail sales in downtown Seattle grew 27.5 percent, faster than the city and neighboring cities.
Restaurant sales have also grown 34.4 percent since 2010, when Amazon began moving into South Lake Union, according to the Downtown Seattle Association’s most recent data.
“Companies like Amazon mean big business for small businesses — they bring customers,” said Don Blakeney, vice president of advocacy and economic development for the DSA.
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