A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Public meeting on Fred Meyer expansion is Oct. 17

September 29th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will host a public meeting regarding Fred Meyer’s expansion plans for its Greenwood store at 100 NW 85th St. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Fred Meyer’s plans for the Greenwood store have changed over the years from a proposed mixed use development with residential, to a plan to turn the Greenwood Market building into a garden center, to the current proposal to demolish Greenwood Market and expand the current Fred Meyer by 55,305 square feet, with parking for 449 vehicles.

The project requires a SEPA Environmental Review.

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What items should Ken’s Market carry?

December 10th, 2009 by Doree

Ken’s Market opened in its new space in early October, and is hoping to open its remodeled old space sometime in March. In the meantime, they’re asking for the neighborhood’s input on what items they should carry. The “old” space will house the meat department, a big produce section, and bulk.

We have a few ideas for what we’d like to carry, but we’d love to hear suggestions from the neighborhood in terms of what they’d like for the bulk bins.

So put your comments to Ken’s below.

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Sneak peek at the new Ken’s Market

October 6th, 2009 by Dale

Our unofficial PhinneyWood photographer, Mike Veitenhans, got a tour of the new Ken’s Market space today and took a bunch of photos. The store’s soft opening is slated for Wednesday.

Here store co-owner Scott Giles lugging stuff into the new front door.

And here’s the other store co-owner, Bill Stamey, stocking shelves.

Here’s a small version pan of the new store. Click here to see a larger version.

Here’s what he had to say about it:

Ken’s Market was closed today (Tuesday) so employees could move stock from the old store to the new and workers could put the finishing touches on the new store in time for the grand opening tomorrow at 6 a.m. Building owner Ken Giles gave me a “cook’s tour” of the new store, including the new offices, employee break room and conference room at the back of the store above the retail space. According to Ken, a deck will be built on the roof next to the offices for employees to enjoy a peek-a-boo view of Green Lake during nice weather. I asked Ken when remodeling of the old remaining store would be complete. He said the contractor thinks by the end of the year. However, anticipating the surprises that always come with a remodel, Ken’s not counting on having the old space done before the middle of February 2010.

Photos include Ken’s son Scott Giles and son-in-law Bill Stamey, store owners, and a 180 degree view I stitched together from multiple photos.

Thanks, Mike!

Here’s some closer looks at the inside of the new store:

And here’s Ken inside the old store:

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