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Downtown Talks
Breakfast Series


The Future of Downtown Retail

In the heart of Bellevue, retail activity fuels our economy and shapes the city's character. Last year alone, the sector generated about 15 million visits and $1 billion in sales, marking a near-complete recovery. However, the resurgence has been uneven owing to a range of market forces.

Big questions remain. What will it take to fill vacant storefronts, both existing and coming online soon? What new tenants are set to open, and what steps will ensure our retail sector continues to thrive and stay competitive? Join the conversation led by a panel of local experts who will share the latest insights, predict future trends, and discuss strategies to shape the evolution of retail in Downtown Bellevue.

Tuesday, April 23
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Meydenbauer Center, Room 401-403


BDA Member (Individual): $55
Non-BDA Member (Individual): $70
BDA Member Corporate Table (Seats 8): $420
Non-Member Corporate Table (Seats 8): $540

Parking rates and directions to Meydenbauer Center are here.


Robert Arron

Senior Director of Real Estate Marketing
Vulcan Real Estate

Jesse Canedo

Economic Development Strategist
City of Bellevue

Brad Jones

Executive Director
Visit Bellevue

Alesha Shemwell

Director of Retail
Kemper Development Company


Monica Wallace

Executive Vice President and Director of Retail
Kidder Mathews

2024 Schedule 

The series includes six events over year scheduled on a fourth Tuesday of a month. December is exception occurring on the second Tuesday. 

  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 25
  • October 22
  • December 10

About Downtown Talks

Your direct connection to what matters now and what's ahead for Downtown. Hear local business and community leaders discuss issues that impact growth and the making of Downtown. Includes a moderated program, plated breakfast and the opportunity to network before and after the talk.

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