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Sorry, we don’t know why the Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s is closed ‘indefinitely’ — UPDATE: Employees say decision tied to BLM protest and strike

(Image: Andrew Taylor via Flickr)

Thanks to a CHS reader for the picture

It quite literally pales in comparison to the fight for equality and against police brutality underway a few blocks away. But Friday night, Capitol Hill’s Trader Joe’s closed early and a paper sign on the door says the grocery store is closed “indefinitely” — without explanation.

CHS has calls out to the corporate office in Monrovia, California of the privately traded, somewhat secretive grocery chain of more than 500 stores coast to coast to find out more.

Calls to area Trader Joe’s stores only yielded confirmation of the closure. The store’s page on the Trader Joe’s website shows a message that it is “temporarily closed.”

UPDATE 6/14/20 12:50 PM: A group of workers has launched a campaign to push back on the closure and are asking for community support to keep the store open as they say the management is retaliating over employee participation in Friday’s Black Lives Matter protest and general strike. Here’s the statement from savetjs130.com:

On June 11, dozens of workers at Trader Joe’s Capitol Hill (Store #130) informed store management that they would be participating in the June 12 protest organized by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter. Store managers determined that broad participation in the protest would lead to staffing issues, and decided to close the store early on June 12. Store management assured workers participating in the protest that this would be considered an excused absence and would not result in any disciplinary measures. But on the morning of June 12, a representative from TJs corporate called the store to ask about the early closure. Unsatisfied with the rationale for the early closure, corporate informed store management that the store would be closed indefinitely, effective immediately.

We, a group of Store #130 workers who wish to remain anonymous, believe it’s no coincidence that the store was abruptly closed on the day that dozens of us took action in support of the movement for Black lives. We know that the company will try to avoid the appearance of being antagonistic to the movement. They will likely cite “personnel issues,” “safety concerns,” or operating costs as rationale for the store closure. What they really mean when they cite “personnel issues” is that they saw our store as a hot spot for worker organizing. TJs corporate has aggressively squashed worker organizing for years and has a long record of retaliation. This is the most dramatic retaliation any TJs store has seen to date, but it is not an isolated incident. Prior to the abrupt store closure, we had been organizing to secure a living wage, health insurance for all workers, and basic protections against COVID-19. “The large majority of us were already living paycheck to paycheck,” says Store #130 crew member Peter Strand. “Many of us were working without health insurance while risking steady exposure to the public in the midst of a pandemic.”

While Trader Joe’s has publicly voiced support for “Black crew members and customers,” the company has done nothing to tangibly support the movement for Black lives, and they have penalized employees for supporting the movement. While the company insists that they value crew member feedback and support crew-led solutions, they have consistently disregarded our insights and requests. We know what it would take for the store to run smoothly, and we want to be in conversation with store management about solutions.

We are saddened by the store closure. For each of us, it means both a loss of community and a loss of financial security in the midst of an economic downturn. We recognize it’s a loss for our neighborhood as well, and we hope the community will join us in demanding that Trader Joe’s reopen Store #130 and restore our jobs immediately. We’ve heard that TJs corporate will make a final decision about the closure this coming Monday. We’ll be prepared with a response regardless of the decision.

You can go directly to the group’s petition here.

Employee group spokesperson Peter Strand tells CHS that they believe the company will listen to its customers. Trader Joe’s does have a history of listening to customer feedback,” he said, “so we think that the best angle is to have customers speak up.”

Trader Joe’s has not “come out with a full rationale” for the closure, Strand says, leaving the employees in the challenging place of waiting — or acting on the situation.

Strand said the actions by the parent company were swift and unexpected. “We were all surprised by the news and mobilized,” he said. “We know that Trader Joe’s will come out with its own version of events.”

Original report: The 1700 E Madison store has gone through some bumpy times with COVID-19 restrictions limiting hours. It also closed without notice for a day or two earlier this month but this time seems to have brought a longer shuttering.

While the store is not far from the protest area, it is far enough away that the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone should not be a factor in any decision to keep the doors closed. Other store have closed due to COVID-19 cleanings but those aren’t usually multi-day efforts.

Nearby Central Co-op will help pick up some of the slack as will the Whole Foods that opened at Broadway and Madison in 2018. The 23rd and E Madson Safeway is a few block walk to the east and a new PCC is set to open next week at 23rd and Union.

Meanwhile, the E Madison TJ’s appears to be shuttered for the weekend and hours posted online through next Thursday — as far out as they’ll display — show the store as closed.

UPDATE 6/15/20 1:15 PM: Trader Joe’s has responded with a statement on the situation and says the “temporary” closure is for a one to two week renovation project:

Employees call it retaliation for protest, Trader Joe’s says closed for Capitol Hill remodel


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Alocal
Alocal
5 months ago

Could it be the ultra slow moving line they have created by forcing only a handful of people to be allowed in the store ? I’ve given up and gone to QFC on 15th which is as friendly as ever.

Cat
Cat
5 months ago
Reply to  Alocal

Its not their fault only a few can be inside – they are following the opening phase requirements. I think right now they can only have 25% occupancy inside at a time. QFC is bigger so they can allow more people in.

Jules
Jules
5 months ago
Reply to  Cat

And yet thousands can parade up and down the street without any issues from the city or governor. Why is that? Is the virus smart enough to distinguish when and who to infect?

David
David
5 months ago
Reply to  Cat

Systemic racism is a more pressing issue than COVID-19. If you disagree, you know where the door is. And most of us are still wearing face masks and distancing as much as possible.

David
David
5 months ago
Reply to  Cat

No, the 25% limit is for general retail, NOT for grocery stores, those have been open the entire time (never closed) and aren’t part of phase 1.5. QFC, Safeway and Trader Joes never closed and have no specific limit other than what they implement to TRY to create social distancing (QFC by me has 1 way aisles, tape showing the 6 foot space in checkout lines). If Joe’s was only doing 25% capacity that was just their “choice”.

Tom W
Tom W
5 months ago
Reply to  Cat


Huh? You’re comparing a grocery store to an outside protest? That makes zero sense.

union
union
5 months ago
Reply to  Alocal

There hasn’t been a line there the past 3-4 weeks when I’ve gone. They are allowing more people inside now. Also, according to crew members I’ve spoken to this store is doing record-breaking business during the pandemic. Not surprised based on some of the people I’ve seen stocking up in there, so I think they’ll be fine without you.

Alocal
Alocal
5 months ago
Reply to  union

I regularly ride past the one in the u district which is a good size and it’s a constant line. Not worth it.

Bri
Bri
5 months ago
Reply to  union

Though the lines look daunting, I’ve found personally that they are fairly quick moving. And it feels safer in TJs than in any other grocery store where employees are sometimes not wearing masks and they certainly don’t enforce social distancing guidelines.

p-patch
p-patch
5 months ago
Reply to  Alocal

Trader Joe’s up and down the coast are facing similar distancing rules. I doubt lines at the Capitol Hill store are to blame here.

Bear
Bear
5 months ago
Reply to  Alocal

No lines anymore.

Antifa anarchist devil
Antifa anarchist devil
5 months ago

We should go fuckin occupy Trader Joe’s too

Travis
Travis
5 months ago

You should and rename it simply “TRAITORS”.

Brian Johnston
Brian Johnston
5 months ago
Reply to  Travis

Ask mom to drive you to Bellevue. People there are less resentful.

union
union
5 months ago

I won’t link it, but if you’re wondering, there is a post about this on the Seattle Reddit. The person there is claiming to be a crew member (or ‘closely connected’ to one) and that corporate is claiming “personnel issues that include high call outs and low morale, as well as incredibly high theft and consequent high security costs.” I am personally extremely disturbed by the connotations of this.

Alocal
Alocal
5 months ago
Reply to  union

The theft issue will go away when the new PCC opens – more expensive stuff that no one locally can afford.

I’ve seen a lot more brazen theft in QFC – people just go in and don’t even pretend to shop. You’d think limiting the store to about a dozen customers they could control stock loss. I guess the security guy is just for show.

John Whittier Treat
John Whittier Treat
5 months ago
Reply to  Alocal

Correct. The shoplifting always seems worse at QFC. I stopped going to the one at Broadway and Pine long ago– worried about what might happen one day.

Eli
Eli
5 months ago
Reply to  union

By “the” Seattle Reddit, do you mean /r/Seattle, /r/SeattleWA, or /r/SeaWA? ;-)

(don’t mean to troll, I’m just trying to find the post.)

union
union
5 months ago
Reply to  Eli

Hah, I think the person posted on both /r/Seattle and /r/SeattleWA but I saw it on the latter.

twocreepy
twocreepy
5 months ago
Reply to  union

“…incredibly high theft” can only be referring to thieves who are high, no?

Hophead
Hophead
5 months ago
Reply to  union

Interesting timing on that Reddit post. Couldn’t be right-wing extremist trolls trying to paint Seattle as a war zone, could it …no siree! I seriously doubt the “incredibly high theft” part. They ALWAYS have a uniformed security guard near the door.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  union

Why are you disturbed? I worked at one of the Safeways on Capitol Hill and the theft was sky high. It wasn’t any racial demographic, it was the homeless. Some of the items targeted were rumored to be traded at small convenience stores for money. Hard to argue “survival crime” when someone walks out of the store with $300 worth of steaks to sell for heroin money. This is what many grocery stores are faced with. Welcome to 2020 in Seattle. I am going to take a guess this TJ’s had staffing issues. Combined with theft issues it will be a real loss if they decide to abandon the location.

Tom W
Tom W
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul


“Some of the items targeted were rumored to be traded at small convenience stores for money.”

Oh yeah, and another rumor is that the world is flat. I’m very curious what convenience stores would buy $300 worth of steaks. Knowingly selling stolen goods at a convenience store would be loss of their license besides jail time. Sheeeesh, you trolls are getting very sloppy.

Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
5 months ago
Reply to  Paul

When Deano’s Bar / Club Chocolate City was still around, it was rumored that the cafe there would cook your Safeway meat for a fee. That’s here-say but I’ve personally heard staff from the auto repair business (then Havlick’s) report that people would knock on their door, offering (still packaged) Safeway meat for sale.
The actors may have changed, but the problem probably persists. Back then, when we had neighborhood meetings, the Safeway representative reported that the Madison store had the highest loss rate in the area.

Elizabeth Davis
Elizabeth Davis
5 months ago

That is one of the smallest trader Joe’s I’ve ever been in. Still, it’s a great store. I would imagine the protest and the increased covid-19 might have caused them to shut down temporarily.

Cal
Cal
5 months ago

I felt it was just a tad smaller than the first store in Pasadena. It wasn’t very big by supermarket standards either.

M
M
5 months ago

I live in the apartments over the store and there is a sign in our elevator that says it is closing permanently and we should complain to corporate.

nora
nora
5 months ago

I just sent feedback thru the TJs site. Shared that I
love the store, love the crew and am Really unhappy with corporate’s lack of communication.

https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/local-tjs-feedback

T-bone
T-bone
5 months ago

TJs was the reason why I moved to the neighborhood. What do I do now? Move to the U District? This is terrible.

  ☻
  ☻
5 months ago
Reply to  T-bone

That seems like a really bad reason to choose where to live. Move to Ballard or West Seattle or shop at Central Coop.

Sunny in Seattle
Sunny in Seattle
5 months ago
Reply to  T-bone

I feel for you, T-bone. I moved to 19th to be closer to Tallulah’s pancakes…And we all know how that turned out.

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
5 months ago

If permanent, this closing is a damn shame. It has been a convenient place to shop, with parking, and the crew was always very friendly. If there was a “morale” problem, they didn’t show it to customers.

I sure hope this isn’t one more casualty of the pandemic and/or leftist civic unrest in Seattle.

Anastasia
Anastasia
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob Knudson

The pandemic has been exacerbated by right wing, federal government incompetency, anti-science bent, and willful inaction. While leftist civic unrest is necessary due to systemic racism, which is itself a public health crisis (as illustrated by COVID-19 disproportionately impacting people of color). What’s a damn shame is your focus on one grocery store over more pressing issues.

vince747
vince747
5 months ago
Reply to  Anastasia

Everyone talks about systemic racism. What does it mean and proof? Our last president a black person. Three of the top five jobs in congress are Black. Police chief of SPD is a black woman while Black is only 5% of Seattle population. The same for San Francisco, a black mayor with 6% of black population. Does the systemic racism mean racism aimed at Asian, American Indian and Pacific Islander from the majority (White, Black and Latino)? From those three races POV, Black is majority.

Bill
Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Anastasia

“Leftist civic unrest”? Understatement of the century right there. And I’m with Vince – interested to hear your facts proving the “systemic racism” which is what you’re using to justify these unlawful actions.

Maybe instead of worrying about the cherry-picked stories the likes of CNN and Al Sharpton are shoving down your throat, your time would be better spent educating the black community about the potential consequences of committing violent crime and not complying with officers’ orders.

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
5 months ago
Reply to  Anastasia

Anastasia, the grocery store is not my “focus.” Like walking and chewing gum at the same time, it is possible to have opinions on two different issues at the same time.

C Ya Seattle
C Ya Seattle
5 months ago

Big surprise “Capitalism” is leaving Capitol Hill while it can…. Enjoy your new Socialist Paradise!

Bill
Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  C Ya Seattle

That’s right. Probably the main reason there has not been a forceful response to this nonsense.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

This doesn’t make sense to me. You’d think if something had to close, it would have been one of the two QFCs down on Broadway. They have seen a lot more drama than this Trader Joe.

New Detroit
New Detroit
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

Don’t worry… they will be closing soon to0. Thanks to our feckless mayor we now live in Detroit.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  New Detroit

So are you telling me there is a chance that a 1200 sqft house will cost less than $800k soon?

mexhal
mexhal
5 months ago
Reply to  New Detroit

Hahaha all the the drama queens. Psst, CHAZ isn’t really autonomous, some police are back in the precinct, property is still ludicrously expensive, and so far no socialist militants have seized or destroyed any businesses to the point that capital of the owners is at risk.

Grocery stores are still in business. The sky is not falling.

Bill
Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  New Detroit

No coincidence that all the left/liberal controlled major cities are hell holes. Policies that perpetuate the never ending cycle of shit those people have to endure will forever keep them in figurative chains they think their ancestors have shed generations ago. Vote those people out of power, trust the system in which you are rewarded for going to work and contributing to society.

It isn’t about the color of your skin – it’s about the color of your vote.

Tom W
Tom W
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

@ Bill
“No coincidence that all the left/liberal controlled major cities are hell holes.”

So maybe you can explain why people are moving in droves to Seattle. Same with those “hell holes” like San Francisco and Portland on the West Coast. Don’t start trying to think outside the box. Just wait until FOX tells you what to say.

Lindy
Lindy
5 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I don’t know where the truth lies. I find it difficult to believe that a long-standing profitable store would close permanently over one day of protests. On the other hand, if that is indeed true, why would I supportTJ going forward?

Ryan A
Ryan A
5 months ago

I love that TJ’s and I’m not alone. The store sells a lot of groceries and makes a lot of money! I can’t imagine that they would plan to close down permanently.

anna
anna
5 months ago

Tell TJ’s not to close the CH store! It takes 2 mins.
https://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/local-tjs-feedback

d4l3d
d4l3d
5 months ago
Reply to  anna

I just did and mentioned it was causing ill-will towards their brand. May be a useful tactic.

d4l3d
d4l3d
5 months ago
Reply to  d4l3d

Fearful Flyer.

John Whittier Treat
John Whittier Treat
5 months ago
Reply to  anna

Done. Thanks you!

mcmatty
mcmatty
5 months ago

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
–MLK

CHARACTER MATERS

mcmatty
mcmatty
5 months ago
Reply to  mcmatty

Matters

Bill
Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  mcmatty

At one point, that man was an inspiration to the cause. Now they listen to Al Sharpton and his racist rehtoric.

mcmatty
mcmatty
5 months ago

Apparently, spelling also matters.

Jesse
Jesse
5 months ago

Not enough people to work. Which is a victory.

JP
JP
5 months ago

I wondered where anarchists and BLMs went to buy groceries. If you destroy everything nearby then it becomes a huge effort just for day to day living. So, maybe it is the threat or risk that is affecting a willingness to do business there. I won’t pretend to know but tit is interesting to read about.

JP
JP
5 months ago
Reply to  JP

tit should be it ;-)

Tom W
Tom W
5 months ago
Reply to  JP

@JP “I wondered where anarchists and BLMs went to buy groceries. If you destroy everything nearby then it becomes a huge effort just for day to day living.”

Well that was the whole plan of Trump infiltrators to riot. Make the peaceful protestors suffer.

Fred Sebastian
Fred Sebastian
5 months ago

Golly, maybe they don’t like their business and their money being so close to domestic terrorists. Hmmm… think about it for a minute.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred Sebastian

Domestic terrorists…you mean the thugs with badges?

WhoIsTheRealRacist
WhoIsTheRealRacist
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred Sebastian

Wait a minute? “Thug”? I thought that was a naughty word in this insane PC world we have allowed to fester. Ok for the anointed one Obama to say it but not Trump. Trump is a racist if he says it, right? Obama – that’s ok though. A black person is allowed to say what he wants and is not a racist, right?

You referring to what is an overwhelmingly upstanding group of civil servants? I guess that’s ok as well.

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

WhoIs, nah, just using the same word right wing cockroaches like to use.

Not counting racism, domestic vioIence percentages are higher among the uniformed thugs than the rest of the population. Beating your wife is not very upstanding.

x.g.
x.g.
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred Sebastian

Congrats Fred! You don’t get off of your boney, crusty ass to go and check out the area in question yourself. And, you admit to being the bottom feeder type who gets his misinformation from FucksNews and those who report based on its propaganda feeds. AND, you all-but-admit your a raging prejucial bigot. That takes cajones. I’m just wondering, why live on The Hill if you hate us all so much? To say that protesters on Capitol Hill are ‘domestic terrorists’ is to say that only the shittiest, craziest interpretations of the shittiest parts of our yellowing constitution matter to those most fundamentally opposed to the REAL principles worth defending that our founding slaverholders were trying to protect when writing the constitution. #ignoramus #deplorable

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←←←
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred Sebastian

Think about the number of business open next to a police precinct…

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←←←
5 months ago
Reply to  Fred Sebastian

Think about the number of business open next to a police precinct…

Chris Norton
Chris Norton
5 months ago

Gee I wonder why. Nice job cap hil, let’s just loose all the decent places to get groceries and get our food from donations at the Chaz.

Chop Chop
Chop Chop
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris Norton

Respectfully, go “loose” yourself off a cliff

RacismPolice
RacismPolice
5 months ago
Reply to  Chop Chop

Wow strong move there critiquing a spelling mistake.

Hey Chris, I hear the white people there are giving away $10 to black people. Maybe if you’re black, you’ll get $10 to help with your groceries.

Black entitlement? Nah – fairy tale I’m sure.

Ignorant racists.

CHAZisAJoke
CHAZisAJoke
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris Norton

This is what is coming – all these poor cities under the control of the left-wing liberals and their failing policies.

x.g.
x.g.
5 months ago
Reply to  CHAZisAJoke

To be clear, only dumb-asses are so intellectually-challenged as to not realize that the most successful cities ON THE PLANET are relative progressive bastions for justice, equality and, ummmm, progress. The only big challenge? The unchecked capitalism that is making them inaccessible to the 99% and sowing seeds of frustration, anger and discontent (oh, and under-trained, over-powered, uncontrolled suburban authoritarian bigots who join the police force and condescend -or worse- to the very people who pay their salaries.

When did this blog become a haven for Seattle’s 100 boomer white wing crackpots and the KIRO/Seattle Times old white guy kkkonservative bigots?! Go away! If you don’t like progressives who stand for justice, what THE HELL are you doing on Capitol Hill. #tonedeaf

Seaguy
Seaguy
5 months ago

So my sister works at this store, she said that exaggerated media coverage and excessive numbers of employees calling off of work have led to this closure.

Chaz berry
Chaz berry
5 months ago
Reply to  Seaguy

And I heard through the grapevine that there were plans to form a union and everyone got fired.

Seaguy
Seaguy
5 months ago
Reply to  Chaz berry

While highly possible, I do know that the east coast is unionized without incident. I do know they are usually very good to their employees as well. She said that they are all having a staff meeting tomorrow to find out what’s going to happen to the store.

James
James
5 months ago
Reply to  Seaguy

Why were they not coming to work?

MarciaX
MarciaX
5 months ago

I hope TJ’s stays in business. Some of my favorite products there have no real equivalent in the corporate supermarkets and cost much more in the boutique ones. Also it’s worth noting that TJs is one of the few large-ish Seattle grocery stores that somehow manages to keep out most non-service dogs. That alone is reason enough to shop there.

Joe Doakes
Joe Doakes
5 months ago

Trader Joe’s can reasonably imagine their store being peaceably taken over and all the merchandise distributed to the community. Have you noticed their extensive wine and liquor selection. My local store does about 40% of their business in that category.

They can further imagine demands that the store keep being restocked.

They can’t quite imagine how to evict those occupiers without involving the police and the optics of that would be calamitous.

Toast
Toast
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe Doakes

There not a store in the system where Wine sells 40% of sales total.

Toast
Toast
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe Doakes

None of the stores wine sales are 40%

Joe Doakes
Joe Doakes
5 months ago
Reply to  Toast

“wine and liquor” I said

I live in California, central coast, and that is the way it is down here.

Why are you so worked up about that?

Ryan M
Ryan M
5 months ago

Perhaps it’s a lease issue? I know several employees there and they have been working there for as long as I have been in the area which is almost a decade. This super sucks.

Aden
Aden
5 months ago

Whatever these people want will help wealthy people’s gain and make low income people poorer. There always will be ruling class, and socialism is a perfect way for them to ruling because society will grow bunch of well trained slaves.

Eli
Eli
5 months ago

If there were ever a new comment section, it may be worth asking people to indicate where they live.

That way, readers can filter out the comments from people who don’t actually live in the neighborhood (let alone the city) they’re ranting about.

Mountain View voice has a low-tech system like this: https://www.mv-voice.com/square/2020/06/11/cannabis-business-files-900k-claim-against-mountain-view-after-it-was-blocked-from-opening

Adam
Adam
5 months ago
Reply to  Eli

You might be surprised to learn that Capitol Hill actually has some diversity of opinion.

Eli
Eli
5 months ago
Reply to  Adam

I’m sure that’s true.

But the posts in the past week sure seem to suggest many of the opinions expressed are those of people far beyond our geographic boundaries.

Chao
Chao
5 months ago

“the company has done nothing to tangibly support the movement for Black lives”
why should it? It’s not a social service agency. Is there a reason why constantly demanding every individual and organization do something for black people is considered to be warranted? Native Americans are far more downtrodden and I don’t see any limus test being given in relation to what we do for them. I feel this is extortion and really inappropriate. I could never figure out why the African Union flag was displayed in that store. It’s not a predominantly black neighborhood and never was. The continent of Africa has a horrible civil rights record. why in the world is there some unspoken rule the people must always be doing something for black people as though that’s the definition of racism?

Simon Shay
Simon Shay
5 months ago
Reply to  Chao

It’s not an “unspoken rule.” TJ’s has claimed to support the Black community, including this statement: We remain committed to listening, caring, acting and continuously improving.

If you had accurate information on the issue you are commenting on, you would know this.

https://www.traderjoes.com/announcement/in-support-of-our-black-crew-members-and-customers

chao
chao
5 months ago
Reply to  Simon Shay

It doesn’t mean they have to allow themselves to be dominated and extorted from.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Chao

Eventually many of us learn that either political extreme is useless and just full of zealots. Interesting that both extremes are made up of mostly white people. On one side some unemployable activists are also part. Important causes easily get drowned out by extremism.

BK
BK
5 months ago
Reply to  Chao

@choa – certainly no business should fell obligated to support community members but it’s typically considered good business relations. This area has very strong ties to the black community cause it was one of the few areas in Seattle where blacks were allowed to live. Most Seatlle neighborhoods had historical covenants prohibiting the sale to black residents. It took a federal law to stop the practice.
Sure some African countries have had troubled leadership but that is not unique to the world. The continent of Africa was divided up in 1859 in Germany by European colonizing countries which is where current borders were established. Borders were set based on the interests of those looking to exploit resources and not based on what was best for Africans. African people had historical borders that allowed different ethnic Africans to develop societies. Just like everywhere, skirmishes and wars occurred. When the colonizers carved up the continent, they grouped together ethnic groups that had history of conflict. Many of these current borders cut right through ethnic areas splitting them into several countries. So when one ethnic group obtained power they often consolidated power to one group of people leading to conflict and abuse of power. There was also 100 years of colonization with many resources exported with little, if any benefit to African people. As Africans began liberation movements forcing colonizers out, many of the historical disagreements rose up with efforts to obtain power. Also, some European countries left very little for these new countries to build a nation state. This lead to more struggles and abuse of power. No other place in the world has had to experience this type of treatment on such a large scale.

Anna
Anna
5 months ago

SIGN the petition created by workers from the CH store

https://www.coworker.org/petitions/save-capitol-hill-trader-joes

Adam
Adam
5 months ago

Didn’t we just gain a brand new co-op in the CHAZ? I think we’re coming out way ahead. One less corporation here crushing its workers. They’re now free to make art or pursue their interests.

I personally can’t wait to sample the finest produce coming in uber local and organic from Cal Anderson. Wake up people, this is a huge win for the neighborhood!

Ryan
Ryan
5 months ago
Reply to  Adam

Let me know where this money tree is that you shake ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Live in the real world
Live in the real world
5 months ago
Reply to  Adam

LOL…. without a decent growing season, a good start (FYI – it’s very, very late to be trying to start a garden here, even from seedlings) and good soil (and no couple of bags of compost won’t do it) those poor bedraggled little plants plonked into the ground won’t produce enough to feed one person, much less a crowd. Good luck with that, you Not to mention, even if a miracle occurs and you get any produce at all, it will be a month or more before you see anything edible. You all are going to be very hungry without someone who’s got a full wallet. Gosh reality sucks doesn’t it..

CD Neighbor
CD Neighbor
5 months ago
Reply to  Adam

Oh and second reality check…. to feed one person for a year it takes about 1 acre of land. Cal Anderson Park is about 7 acres, lets say 1/4 of it is not plantable – underneath paving/playground etc… If you were able to dig up and plant the entire park, you’d have 5.25 acres left. If you were farming it quite intensively, introducing a good diversity of crops, tending it assiduously and getting a decent yield, you might be able to feed 5 people…. if you are lucky. Better have some trust funds in your crowd.

Benedict
Benedict
5 months ago

Interesting, the official CHOP Twitter account (https://twitter.com/CHOPOfficialSEA is now reporting it’s been shadow banned. When I run it through the shadow ban tester (https://shadowban.eu/) sure enough, it is. I guess Trader Joe’s isn’t the only Faux Progressive mega-corporation that feels threatened by CHOP.

weyes
weyes
5 months ago
Reply to  Benedict

That account got shaddow banned because it was started by right wing trolls. Got back to 4chan incel.

Stephen
5 months ago

Maybe the business community is just getting tired of the bullshit. Could be as simple as that.

Toast
Toast
5 months ago

This whole save our store article is so bogus. Sounds like a union riling up the troops. Don’t drink this kool aid.

Bob Knudson
Bob Knudson
5 months ago

The statement directly from the employees of the store is very credible. Many of them, apparently, wanted time off last Friday to attend the Black Lives Matter march, which was a peaceful one attended by thousands of citizens and was a far cry from the violence and other nonsense which went on around the East Precinct. Good for them! TJ’s corporate could have respected their decision, and closed just for that day.

Please sign the employee’s petition. Hopefully, the store will soon re-open!

Sara
Sara
5 months ago

I shop at a different Trader Joe’s that had to resort to a security guard because of liquor theft. The Safeway near this store had to lock up all liquor . Numerous stores in Seattle have closed to ongoing problems with theft.
If Seattle wants to defund police, a lot of businesses will walk. For every action, there are consequences..you can’t expect businesses to go along with the situation in Seattle.

Seaguy
Seaguy
5 months ago

My sister who works there says that they will be closed for a few weeks for construction. That’s it.

Bucky
Bucky
5 months ago

Surprised that CHS hasn’t posted TJ’s official reply. For what it’s worth, here is the text I received on June 15:

“On Friday, June 12th, we closed our Capitol Hill location on 1700 Madison Street early because we did not have enough Crew Members available to run the store. During this temporary closure, we are taking the time to execute a remodel plan to address safety and security concerns that have developed over the last year. We will reopen the store as soon as these construction projects are completed, and it is our hope that we can welcome back our customers in the next week or two. As is always the case during any unexpected store closure, we are continuing to pay our Crew Members for their scheduled shifts during this time. Additionally, as is also our practice, perishable product that would expire prior to re-opening will be donated to our neighborhood food banks. We appreciate that this is an inconvenience and value the patience and understanding of our customers.”

Chris Clean
Chris Clean
5 months ago

If I were A Trader Joe’s decision maker, I’d shut the location down. Negotiate out of the lease and move on. I doubt they are a high margin per location business in the first place. between the theft and personnel challenges, just walk away. They are in a no-win situation at this point. Take the heat for leaving and move on.