First Department Store to close all of its stores in Seattle
A popular department store in Seattle is closing all of it’s stores, and the store will continue to operate as a family-owned store.
The First Department store in the Seattle area, located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway, will be closed Friday, March 8.
The store will reopen Monday, March 12, the store’s owner said.
“The store has been an institution for many years,” the owner of the First Department, Lisa Schilling, told KING 5.
“Our goal has always been to bring the customers a unique experience.
And now that we’ve done that, we will continue in our mission to bring this wonderful community to life.”
First Department has been a Seattle institution since 1996.
The chain’s first store opened in 2002 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.
The first First Department stores in the U.S. are in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago.
A spokesperson for First Department confirmed the chain’s decision to close its stores, but did not provide any details.
“We are very disappointed to be closing our doors for the day, but our focus is to provide a fresh start to our community in the weeks and months ahead,” Schilling said.
Schilling said the First Dept store will stay open for employees to use for their own personal needs and will continue as a local family-run business.
“For many years, we have been an inspiration for many people around the country,” Schill said.
“I’m thrilled that this opportunity will allow us to offer our community a fun, safe, and fun environment to shop and enjoy.”
Schilling is planning to open a second First Department in the neighborhood, the owner said, and said the store could be open by March 31.