A half-dozen tenants have already been asked to pack their bags as a result of Fred Meyer’s plans to take over the Tyee Hotel property this fall, but the Tumwater Chamber of Commerce may be spared eviction.
Tyee Hotel manager Brad Nelson reports that a half-dozen tenants at the hotel’s Tyee Office Plaza have been given notice to vacate the premises by the end of September. Those tenants include Consumer Credit Counseling, Rehabilitation Enterprises Of Washington and Professional Forestry Services as well as several others that were not named, including a cellular telephone company.
Marilyn Coffel, Fred Meyer spokeswoman, says some non-retail tenants on the property, as well as property adjacent to the hotel, may have to move.
“I would imagine most of those will probably go away,” Coffel says. “We’d probably want retail on those sites, but that’s just a guess.”
Yet plans at this time call for Fred Meyer to keep space available for the Tumwater Chamber of Commerce. The Tyee Hotel had allowed the chamber to keep its mobile building on its site rent-free.
“I’m hoping we’ll be able to accommodate them on-site on a permanent basis,” Coffel says. “The only question will be how we will do it during the construction period so it would be safe. They might have to temporarily move.”
The Girl Scouts of Pacific Peaks Council may be facing a more permanent move. The site where its office stands on its own property at 5326 Littlerock Road Southwest is in Fred Meyer’s plans for a parking lot.
The organization, which serves part or all of Thurston, Pierce, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Jefferson counties in Washington State and Columbia and Clatsop counties in Oregon, has been on its own half-acre of property adjacent to the hotel since 1964.
“We really don’t know yet,” director Kathy Houston says of what the future has in store. “They’re interested in our property, but we’re still in the process of determining what’s in the best interest of the Girl Scouts.”
With 22 full- and part-time staff and 9,400 Girl Scouts, Houston says, the organization is growing.
“We really need more facilities,” she says. “We’re getting input from volunteers on what kinds of services we need to be providing, but we certainly hadn’t anticipated doing anything in the next year.”
The Tyee Dental Center is owned by its dentists and probably will remain, Coffel says.
The sale of the Tyee by Starwood Lodging is expected to close by the end of September, which is when the hotel will cease operation. Nelson says the hotel has organized a job fair featuring dozens of area employers for its 100 employees to help them get jobs. The hotel has until Oct. 10 to vacate the building, Nelson says.
A rumor that another hotel was planning to move in along Trosper Road to try to take the Tyee’s place could not be confirmed. Roger Gellenbeck, development services coordinator at the City of Tumwater, says that some unnamed people have expressed interest in a hotel along Airdustrial Way, but no applications were submitted.
By Kamilla K. McClelland, Business Examiner staff