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


Tree causes power outage in Greenwood, including Fred Meyer and Safeway

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

Update: According to City Light’s outage map, power has been restored to all customers.

Earlier: Power is out to about 400 Seattle City Light customers in Greenwood, roughly between North/NW 85th Street up to 92nd Street, and between Phinney Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North.

Fred Meyer is one of the businesses affected. James was there at 5:30 p.m. and tells me workers were covering the food displays but the cash registers still worked.

According to City Light’s outage map, the outage was caused by a tree at about 4:45 p.m. Power is expected to be restored by 7:48 p.m.

Update 7:15 p.m.: A Fred Meyer employee just told me by phone the store has a backup generator that is powering the registers and about half the lights in the store. But there’s no power to the deli, dairy or frozen grocery areas.

Update 7:35 p.m.: A Safeway employee just told me by phone that the store is still open and cash registers are working, however, the store can’t sell hot or cold items.

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Seattle police and fire departments investigating after Molotov cocktail thrown at Greenwood Safeway last night

January 6th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department says someone threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at the Greenwood Safeway on Monday night.

Here are the details from SFD’s Fire Line:

January 5—Seattle Fire Investigators recovered the evidence of a “Molotov Cocktail” type device thrown at a Greenwood grocery store.

At 7:03 p.m. a witness saw a person throw the burning bottle against the brick side of a national chain grocery store located in the 8700 block of Greenwood Avenue North. The bottle broke on the sidewalk and rolled into bushes. A witness grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire.

There was not any damage to the store.

Seattle Police Department responded and collected witness statements. The evidence and the case have been turned over to the Seattle Police Department Arson Bomb Squad for further investigation.

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Liquor sales at neighborhood grocery stores starts tomorrow

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Grocery stores all over the state are getting ready to sell liquor beginning Friday, now that the state is closing down state-run liquor stores.

Safeway at Greenwood Avenue North and North 87th Street is getting its liquor section ready.

Ken’s Market also plans to sell liquor, but won’t have its stock out until sometime next week. An employee told me today that they’re moving the bread shelving over to the produce section, and putting in new shelving for liquor by the beer and wine section next to the deli.

Other stores in the neighborhood that will sell liquor include the QFC on Holman Road, and the former state liquor store at Greenwood Avenue North and North 92nd Street. Any other stores we’re missing?

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Greenwood BECU branch inside Safeway moving to Northgate

November 8th, 2011 by Doree

The BECU Neighborhood Financial Center at the Greenwood Safeway is closing for good at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The branch will move to a larger space in Northgate, at 551 NE Northgate Way, Suite B, opening at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

Stacie Wyss-Schoenborn, Vice President of Member Solutions for BECU, tells us that the Safeway branch was just too small.

From her email in response to our questions:

As some background, BECU decided to leave the Greenwood Neighborhood Financial Center to provide both our members and employees a better overall experience. With just under 400 square feet, it proved challenging to consistently provide our members an exceptional experience. Additionally, given the close proximity of desks maintaining member’s confidentiality proved at times difficult. The new Northgate branch will be over 3,000 square feet and the existing Greenwood staff will also be relocating to the new location.

We understand the importance of convenience in the service equation and I want to make sure you know about some additional options close to your home. BECU has two Co-Op ATMs a few blocks from your address. These ATMs are free, full-service, deposit-taking and accessible 24 hours a day at the 7-11 stores located at 7314 Aurora Avenue N. and 5900 Phinney Ave N. Also, BECU has a cooperative relationship with Verity Credit Union and you are welcome to use the teller services at their branch location at 4545 Stone Way N to access your BECU account.

BECU works diligently to provide our members access to their accounts and overall financial service support through multiple delivery channels (i.e. online, ATM and telephone) in addition to a branch. Many of our members find they are able to utilize their accounts without having to go routinely into a branch. It is my understanding another financial institution is moving into our vacated space which then prohibits BECU from leaving our ATM. The good news is I believe the financial institution moving into the space is a credit union and it is fairly likely they participate in the Co-Op network which means you would be able to utilize their ATM with no fees.

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Help Greenwood Food Bank at Safeway

July 16th, 2011 by Doree

Northwest Harvest is teaming up with Safeway stores to collect food for local food banks through July 24.

Through “Every Bag Counts,” Safeway customers can purchase a pre-packed bag for $10, and that food will go directly to a food bank in that community.

“Summer hunger is a reality for many families across the state,” Northwest Harvest’s Executive Director Shelley Rotondo said in a press release. “Children can’t access free or reduced-cost meals at school, summer feeding programs are stretched thin and the recession continues to impact many people including those who never thought they’d be standing in line at a food bank.”

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