It’s rumor season on Capitol Hill. Last week, it was Elliott Bay Book Company pondering a Capitol Hill move.
Now, CHS has gathered rumors about a massive new Capitol Hill grocery store being planned that will likely dominate the Hill and command the lion’s share of your Capitol Hill grocery dollars. A person in the real-estate industry with knowledge of the situation confirmed that a major player in the local grocery scene is considering a new Capitol Hill home and has a location picked out in the heart of the Hill.
If the project comes to fruition, it will be a significant development for Capitol Hill. The new store would join a crowded Capitol Hill grocery environment with no clear leader. The QFC inside the Broadway Market has been upgraded from its old Fred Meyer days. The produce section is expanded and the company hosts wine and beer tastings that you won’t find in the typical QFC across the state. Broadway’s second QFC down in Pike/Pine is more typical of the chain’s offerings. Both stores are infamous for their near-daily reports of shoplifting. Meanwhile, there are Safeways at 15th and John and 23rd and Madison and Madison’s Trader Joe’s also keeps Capitol Hill pantries well stocked. As for Capitol Hill’s indie markets, there is only one large player left. Madison Market celebrated its 30-year anniversary last October. 15th Ave’s Rainbow Grocery went under in spring 2007.
The new store would likely eclipse all of these existing grocery providers when it opens in 2010. CHS is working to get more details before we reveal the rumored name and location. Please add anything you’ve heard in the comments or send e-mail to [email protected]