Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Metropolitan Market Closing

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The Seattle Times is reporting that the Federal Way Mirror is reporting (and now I'm reporting... oy) that the Metropolitan Market is closing at the end of the year.

Not surprised, Federal Way feels more like the Wal*Mart/WinCo crowd.

According to Google Maps, that leaves:

  • Albertsons-SavOn
  • Cash & Carry
  • Europe Food Mart
  • Fred Meyer
  • Grocery Outlet
  • H Mart
  • La Perla
  • Manila's Pride Sari-Sari Store Inc.
  • Marlene's Market and Deli
  • Taj India Mart
  • Top Food & Drug
  • Twin Lake Grocery
  • Safeway (multiple*)
  • Target
  • Trader Joe's
  • Wal*Mart Supercenter
  • WinCo
  • Valley Harvest
*And one of those had planned to close a few years ago only to beaten to the punch by Albertsons on Campus. That Safeway is now being renovated. (The Albertsons remains vacant. 24-Hour Fitness wants to open a big facility there but the property is now zoned so that new fitness clubs have to be much smaller and the city can't make up its mind if it wants to fill the space or let the blight sit.)

With the exception of a few of the smaller places like Twin Lake Grocery, the gas stations and QFC in NE Tacoma, most of the grocery stores are clustered close to Pacific Highway, meaning a large number of Federal Way residents must travel by car or bus to a grocery store of any significant size and the lower prices and greater selection they offer. This is to the advantage of the small independent grocery store (or mini-marts who mostly specialize in junk food and alcohol), to be sure, but not to the average citizen.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Northshore Quality Produce at 21st. and 355. Not a grocery store, it came up on the Google list. I've been there a few times, usually sent for some of the Penny's tortilla chips, but my wife buys a lot of produce there. They are always really friendly and often stuff a "$5 off your next purchase" coupon in the bag and their produce selection is great and always really high quality. (I have no connection to them except as a shopper.)

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