Thomas Street Market plans climb higher than convenience on Summit Ave

Thomas Street Market’s Won Williamson (Image: CHS)

When the new Thomas Street Market opens — the current plan is Monday, October 24th — it’s not likely to be world changing though it will certainly be convenient for the thousands of people living around Summit Ave. Instead, it will be that rare moment when you are able to make note of the kind of thing that is just there — as it becomes… there. But the ubiquity of the city corner market doesn’t quite do the new place justice and owner Won Williamson hopes the surprising depth of offerings at his new market and deli will help his business rise above what people would expect looking in from the outside.

“I’ve put every inch of this place to use,” Williamson said. “It just keeps going in the back.”

The deli counter at the door and the tightly packed aisles of the market’s front lead to a small series of grocery catacombs extending well into the building at 233 Summit Ave E. In the back, shelves are full with the necessities of life: dog and cat food, dish soap, Lunchables. 

We visited this stretch of Summit Ave E back in July as Analog Coffee settled in around the corner from the Thomas St. Bistro. Building owner and architect Bob Weisenbach told us he was trying to gather a collection of businesses that would form a community gathering place at Summit and Thomas.

Williamson was busy loading shelves and talking with various delivery people as we returned this week to check in on the market as it prepares for its opening. Unlike the Trinity Market in the U-District that he still maintains a stake in, Williamson doesn’t expect Thomas Market customers to be as focused on the deli and convenience items. He’s making plans to maintain a produce and dairy section. There are no e-cigarettes or stars and bars trucker hats at the counter.

Hours will be 7a-11p weekdays and 7a-midnight on the weekend. Williamson says he’s hoping to be a little bit like the City Market — only on Summit. No plans for provocative signs, yet, or fried chicken. Deli sandwiches and enough staples to avoid yet another walk to QFC or augment your Amazon Fresh order? That, Thomas Market can do.

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11 thoughts on “Thomas Street Market plans climb higher than convenience on Summit Ave

  1. I Love the idea of having a deli in the neighborhood there is so much foot traffic here he will be a great new addition. Also there are things I often forget in my order from Fresh this will be a better option then QFC for sure.

  2. I am both happy and sad.

    Happy because a deli is what the north end of Summit Ave has been missing for so long. It’ll be the perfect addition!

    Sad because I just moved out of the state, and won’t get to enjoy such niceties. Hopefully it’s still there when I return.

  3. I’m really looking forward to Monday’s opening. I dearly miss Red Line and will love to have a new deli right around the corner. Will the deli counter be operating till closing or just prime hours?

  4. I dropped by today to talk to the owner and grab a quick coffee. Love that he has Stumptown for $1.35 a cup. Of course it’s not as cheap as QFC/Safeway but I want to see him succeed so I don’t mind paying a little extra for a few things here and there. He’s going to start up the deli/food area soon. GO VISIT AND BUY STUFF if you can! Super clean/nice.