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Greenwood Market getting ready to say goodbye

January 30th, 2012 · Comments

Greenwood Market is in its last week of business at the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW, before closing to make way for an expanded Fred Meyer.

I stopped by this afternoon to talk with Store Director Patty Nolan. She wanted customers to know that while everything is on clearance, currently priced from 10-50 percent off the lowest marked price, the store still has plenty of inventory.

Greenwood Market is still receiving shipments of bread.

While there are empty shelves, the store is still receiving dairy and bread shipments, and they’ve got a ton of canned pumpkin, plenty of juices, cooking oil and spices. The produce aisle is still fairly well stocked, too.

“We were joking that it looks like Thanksgiving,” Nolan said of the canned pumpkin display. “And we have lots of Gefilte Fish!”

Some shelves are empty, but Greenwood Market still has a lot of juice and crackers.

Nolan said Greenwood Market plans to hold a low-key open house for its regular customers from 5-7 p.m. Friday, as a way to say thank you to its loyal customers.

Greenwood Market’s last day will be Saturday.

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  1. Dreary says:

    This is the dreariest news and these are the bleakest pictures. I am so sad to see the untimely demise of Greenwood Market. We will miss the compact size, reasonable prices, our friends the employees, and most of all a real neighborhood market, locally owned. Boo. And hoo.

  2. Randy says:

    I don’t get choked up over the loss of a chain grocery store that tended to have higher prices than those at QFC and Safeway, but I will miss the far-superior produce section. The dried-up dregs at the “Soviet Safeway” a few blocks away pale in comparison. Let’s hope the new FM is at least as good as the Ballard store.

  3. lynne says:

    I’ve been shopping at Greenwood Market since three or four stores earlier (1966)–sometimes accidentally still call it the Lucky Store. I’m not looking forward to the immensity of a Fred Meyer grocery like the one in Ballard.

  4. Gordy says:

    The prices weren’t so bad, I cheerfully chose them over the national chains that had inferior selection and quality….you get what you pay for. Good bye old fashioned stores makeway for more concentration of wealth with the big boys at the expense of quality. We will miss GW MKTS character.

  5. Erik says:

    It is too bad to see a homey, local store bite the dust. I assume that the Coffee Shop is going away as well, although it was not Java Time’s flagship store to begin with. If the Freddies combination store is as big and busy as the one up in Bellingham, it will change the character of that area quite a bit, traffic and businesswise.

  6. Rob says:

    They also still had fresh poultry and meat as of yesterday when we shopped there.

  7. Greenwood says:

    Take your produce business to Theo’s, they’re awesome, and they could use your support!

  8. Terry says:

    For those that still want to shop a local family owned grocery store then there is Ken’s Market at N. 73rd and Greenwood N. Yes, the prices are a bit higher but they are owned by the same family since 1955. You don’t have to do all your major shopping here but every little bit helps. They also do a lot for the community and community matters! Even Ken himself, a man in his 80’s, still works at times and oversees his store.

  9. Esther says:


  10. Chris says:

    This trash talk has got to stop. Fredmeyer is locally owned. They are a mom and pop grocer from Oregon. Don’t hate them because they are successful.

    By the way who do you think owns the market chain you call local? do some research.

  11. mike says:

    Chris you are SO wrong.

    Mr. Fred Meyer died in the 70’s, they were sold in the 80’s, a few acquisitions later they are now a wholly owned part of Krogers- USD $80B last year. They are anything but locally owned.

  12. Fnarf says:

    I will NEVER set foot in the new Fred Meyer, if the monstrosity of Ballard is anything to go by. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

    Greenwood Market, you will be missed.

  13. Fnarf says:

    Also, Chris: Greenwood Market is owned by Town and Country Markets, Inc. which is based in Ballard, and is still run by the Nakata family which founded it as an offshoot of their Bainbridge produce farm. So you’re wrong twice. Nothing but wrong, in fact.

    Do some research, indeed.

  14. OnTheGreen says:

    I’m looking forward to the new Fred Meyer. I probably set foot in the Greenwood Market a handful of times, and every time was underwhelmed. The prices were high, the butcher was “meh”, and selection can’t compare to Safeway or QFC.

    Sorry, but the convenience of a Fred Meyer is much more appealing than an overpriced mini-grocer.

    And please stop acting like this is the death of Greenwood. Want to be sad? Drive down Greenwood Ave and shake your fists at all the new condos and apartments that have sprung up. That’s why Fred Meyer is expanding, to meet the demand of all the new residents. That’s what you get for living in such a cool & hip neighborhood – people want to move here. Apparently I’m in the minority here, but progress and expansion is inevitable, may as well get on board.

  15. David says:

    I’m curious why the words “progress” and “expansion” go hand in hand. Seems to me that yet another mega-store to feed the mega-masses living in their hideous condos is regressive (or at least regrettable).

    On the other hand, I shop at Ballard Market. Prices are, indeed, high but the service is exemplary and the deli rocks.

  16. Gordy says:

    Fed Meyer (which is the same corporation as QFC) is expanding because the land owner chose not to renew the lease with T&C…its pure capitalism. GW ave has been, approriately been a corridor of apartments and condos for decades, its nothing new. Again, this is another move in the direction of centralization of welath with the few, at the expense of diversity and social responsibility. Fred Meyer is OK, but much of their merch is crappy Chinese imports that don’t last. Their produce is garbage and they homogenize the availability and selection of products regionally and nationally across the Kroger ‘family’. It wont be the death of Greenwood, probably….no one business can do that. I, like many, will continue to choose supporting local retailers and their local suppliers by emphasizing spending my hard earned dollars at Ken’s on Phinney or the Great Ballard Market….with occaisional excursions to CentralMarket in Shoreline.

    FM is just a big sterile convenience store, a step in the wrong direction for the retail character of a struggling neighborhood. Sigh.

  17. OnTheGreen says:

    Jeez… Debbie Downer.

    “It’s pure capitalism.” You do realize where you live, right?

  18. Stupid Hippie says:

    I’m angry about this! And everything else! And that over there! I want to protest! Now!

  19. Bob says:

    OnTheGreen: What are trying to say? Should we bow to our corporate masters?

  20. TT says:

    I hate the Ballard Fred Meyer. Can’t buy perishables there; the store is too big and too busy. I have had ice cream melt while waiting to check out. Hate it!

  21. charmander says:

    “FM ……..is a step in the wrong direction for the retail character of a struggling neighborhood.”

    You do realize there’s already an FM there right now, don’t you?

  22. Bob says:

    I think they meant FM expansion.

  23. Esther says:


  24. Been there done that says:

    Really Theos? They have very little stock and the quality is terrible

  25. greener says:

    PCC!!! puget sound consumer’s co-op!!!

    ” PCC Natural Markets began as a food-buying club of 15 families in 1953. Today, it’s the largest consumer-owned natural food retail co-operative in the United States.”

    PCC supports local organic farmers.

    …the finest produce, fair pricing, mutual exchanges with producers http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/producers/

    helps save precious Washington farmland http://www.pccfarmlandtrust.org/

    … aside from our farmers market, there is no where else in 98103 comparable to PCC.