Full size grocery store coming downtown

Seattle PI, Basement of old S.H. Kress department store to become a full-size IGA grocery:

“The downtown central business district of Seattle is one of the most ‘understored’ areas in the Pacific Northwest.”

This will be great for all the folks moving into the Four Seasons, 1, 1521, Fifth and Madison, etc.

iga supermarket Full size grocery store coming downtown

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  • http://www.designlines.wordpress.com kh

    this will be great! with the market closing so early, ralph’s is my only option within walking distance.

  • http://www.designlines.wordpress.com kh

    this will be great! with the market closing so early, ralph’s is my only option within walking distance.

  • http://www.totalnoid.com/ CHESSNOID

    Hi :) ,
    Just curious, do any of these markets deliver groceries. I’m in California and we have 2 grocery stores that deliver. What can I say, for the price it is cheap and convenient.

  • http://www.totalnoid.com/ CHESSNOID

    Hi :) ,
    Just curious, do any of these markets deliver groceries. I’m in California and we have 2 grocery stores that deliver. What can I say, for the price it is cheap and convenient.

  • mhays

    Why doesn’t the map have the new store at 8th & Madison, or Pike Pl & Virginia, or 3rd & Bell? Those are all at least as big as Ralph’s.

  • mhays

    Why doesn’t the map have the new store at 8th & Madison, or Pike Pl & Virginia, or 3rd & Bell? Those are all at least as big as Ralph’s.

  • mhays

    And yes, I’ll shop at the new store sometimes! Frankly I’ll still do half my shopping at my corner store.

  • mhays

    And yes, I’ll shop at the new store sometimes! Frankly I’ll still do half my shopping at my corner store.

  • Anonymous

    Two things:

    1. There will be no parking. Have fun lugging all those groceries 6 blocks home in the winter rain.

    2. Presumably to mitigate the lack of parking, there will be a limited delivery area.

  • Ryan

    Two things:

    1. There will be no parking. Have fun lugging all those groceries 6 blocks home in the winter rain.

    2. Presumably to mitigate the lack of parking, there will be a limited delivery area.

  • seattle67

    It’s about time! I think downtown could have supported a grocery store a long time ago. Maybe next we’ll see a Target downtown.

  • seattle67

    It’s about time! I think downtown could have supported a grocery store a long time ago. Maybe next we’ll see a Target downtown.

  • Anonymous

    A Target? Huh?

    No thanks. There’s a reason people are moving downtown and it’s not so the suburban big-box stores will follow them.

  • Ryan

    A Target? Huh?

    No thanks. There’s a reason people are moving downtown and it’s not so the suburban big-box stores will follow them.

  • mhays

    Regarding parking:

    –Many downtown stores don’t have parking. This is good for customers, because subsidizing “free” parking in Downtown Seattle would be rediculously expensive. This store will have low facility costs, also aided by the basement location.

    –There are two big stand-alone parking garages within one block. This won’t help if you’re buying five bags, but with two bags it’ll be fine.

    –Many downtown residents adopt lifestyles where they (we) buy groceries a few times per week, or even less if they (we) buy enough takeout or eat out enough.

    I don’t care about Target per se, but we could certainly use a department store at the medium-low end. And I wouldn’t mind a major consumer electronics store, because Office Depot and Radio Shack aren’t enough.

  • mhays

    Regarding parking:

    –Many downtown stores don’t have parking. This is good for customers, because subsidizing “free” parking in Downtown Seattle would be rediculously expensive. This store will have low facility costs, also aided by the basement location.

    –There are two big stand-alone parking garages within one block. This won’t help if you’re buying five bags, but with two bags it’ll be fine.

    –Many downtown residents adopt lifestyles where they (we) buy groceries a few times per week, or even less if they (we) buy enough takeout or eat out enough.

    I don’t care about Target per se, but we could certainly use a department store at the medium-low end. And I wouldn’t mind a major consumer electronics store, because Office Depot and Radio Shack aren’t enough.

  • JasonC

    Good point about urbanites buying groceries more frequently. Isn’t the whole point of paying city prices so we can buy a steak on the way home from work or what have you and we don’t have to do bi-weekly Costco runs? So you don’t have to have a pantry filled with canned goods, etc?

  • JasonC

    Good point about urbanites buying groceries more frequently. Isn’t the whole point of paying city prices so we can buy a steak on the way home from work or what have you and we don’t have to do bi-weekly Costco runs? So you don’t have to have a pantry filled with canned goods, etc?

  • EconE

    Mhays is spot on with his comment regarding urbanites shopping more frequently. Living above Whole Foods is great. It’s like having my own personal HUMONGOUS walk in fridge. I’m also kind of surprised that there isn’t some sort of Audio Salon downtown…not a big box store per se but rather something akin to the ones on Roosevelt just south of 65th.

  • EconE

    Mhays is spot on with his comment regarding urbanites shopping more frequently. Living above Whole Foods is great. It’s like having my own personal HUMONGOUS walk in fridge. I’m also kind of surprised that there isn’t some sort of Audio Salon downtown…not a big box store per se but rather something akin to the ones on Roosevelt just south of 65th.