Madison’s independent supermarket M Street Grocery is going out of business after serving First Hill since its summer 2007 opening. Signs posted at the 801 Madison store advertise a closing sale and, according to shopper @alexjon, an explanation from the owners about why they are shutting down: “They have signs that say the landlord ordered them to close on or before January 28th. If you want cheap beer, get there now.”
M Street was opened by Bainbridge Island couple Matthew and Marie Randish in June 2007 as an “urban market” and a neighborhood store. UPDATE: See comments from Randish, below. Here’s how their press release described the store:
Following the grocery path of his grandfather and father, Matt really knows how to create a special store experience. Located at 8th and Madison, just a block north from the I-5 exit, M Street Grocery is a full-scale grocery store featuring superb fresh food choices. Patrons will find there is FREE parking in the garage next to the store, perfect for running in and out on an office break or for when shoppers need more time to cruise the aisles. M Street Grocery replaces the old Shop Rite on First Hill. The new building was recently completed and houses M Street Grocery, a parking garage on the ground level, and the M Street Apartments towering above.
Whether you are stocking up for the week, or need to grab a quick bite, the store boasts a wide selection of organic and natural varieties, specialty meats and cheeses, beautiful produce, and a delicious deli called the M Street Cafe. Lunch and dinner are served at the M Street Cafe where they feature a sushi bar, soups, a salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and subs, pizzas, and so much more. Patrons will also enjoy the M Street Coffee Bar and Bakery as it offers fresh brewed coffee and espresso beverages and scrumptious oven-baked pastries, muffins, cheesecake and scones every day. Another great convenience is one hour of FREE Wi Fi access with a purchase from the M Street Coffee Bar or Bakery.
The closure leaves First Hill residents with nearby grocery options limited to the Harvard Market QFC, Madison Market Co-op (UPDATE: sorry for leaving out in first rev) or Trader Joe’s at 16th and Madison and, of course, a growing fleet of online options.