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Teatro ZinZanni puts on a show for our 40th Birthday!

Fran Bigelow
Fran Bigelow from Fran's Chocolates.

Alyssa Lewis
Alyssa Lewis from The Seattle Pie Company.

Jody Hall
Jody Hall from Cupcake Royale.

Gina Batali
Gina Batali from Salumi.

Maria Coassin
Maria Coassin from Gelatiamo.

Clark Bowen
Clark Bowen from CB's Nuts.

Tim Vincent
Tim Vincent from Vincent Family Cranberries.

Basel Nasser
Basel Nasser from Greek Gods Yogurt.

Will Homer
Will Homer from Painted Hills Natural Beef.

Don Kruse
Don Kruse from Skagit Sun Berries.

Gwen Bassetti
Gwen Bassetti from Grand Central Bakery.

Deborah Tuggle
Deborah Tuggle from Bite Me Cookie Company.

Barrie and Jim Wilcox
Barrie and Jim Wilcox from Wilcox Farms.

Leslie Mackey
Leslie Mackey from Macrina Bakery.

 

 

40 buttons in 40 days to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! Come in
each day to get the commemorative daily button. Quantities are limited!
Click on a button below for more info.


June 26th, 2:27 pm
Lynn Beaumont

Customer Service and then some!

"We've been shopping at the QA Met Market since 1987 and has been part of my family life ever since. Whether it was Rick, who always made sure that my son's favorite yogurt was stocked and didn't blink when my 3 year old climbed up on the checkout counter to show him his "big boy Batman" underwear, to Dana who called us at home when she found a toy that she recognized left in the grocery cart. My boys played Little League for their entire childhood and the excitement of being picked for the QA Thriftway team was huge! The amazing produce and artisan products that you carry have made shopping such a pleasure and if I pause for more than a minute in an aisle, there is always someone asking, "Can I help you find something?" One of my mom's favorite thing to do when she comes to visit is shop at your store. I am so glad to have you as part of our community!
Happy Birthday to You QA Thriftway/Metropolitan Market!"
June 23rd, 8:43 am
Gina Wattenburger

Metropolitan Market saves the day

"Coming home from work the other day I was confronted with a last minute dinner party. I knew my best shot at pulling off something I could be proud of was stopping by uptown Metropolitan Market. The team was there to help. Bob in seafood recommended a beautiful piece of Copper River salmon. Gail (wine steward) recommended an Oregon Pinot Gris that paired nicely. John in the cheese/meat kiosk had me start everyone of with a Port Madison Farm Basil Chevre from Bainbridge Island. Best of all they all took the time to educate me on the food which allowed me to return that favor to my guests. It made a last minute dinner get together into a real appreciation for the food. Looking forward to that next last minute dinner party thanks to the team at Metropolitan Market!"
June 16th, 3:25 pm
Linda Lefforge

"I remember the first time I walked into the Proctor store...walking between huge banks of flowers and seeing the decorations on top of the shelving, the dim lighting...the ambiance was lush and inviting. Vats of Olives I'd never seen before, breathtaking cakes and pastries. It was so much to take in and I loved it! From that first moment, I loved it. Happy Birthday, Metropolitan Market, you're still amazing."
June 16th, 10:43 am
Linda Lefforge

bookkeeper

"I remember the first time I walked into the Proctor store...walking between huge banks of flowers and seeing the decorations on top of the shelving, the dim lighting...the ambiance was lush and inviting. Vats of Olives I'd never seen before, breathtaking cakes and pastries. It was so much to take in and I loved it! From that first moment, I loved it.
Happy Birthday, Metropolitan Market, you're still amazing."
June 16th, 10:25 am
armo

"there are so many impressive observations and feeling i have about the Met family of stores--really at all stores is the care for the customer--and care for the customers wants and needs...One feels like a family member after jsut a couple of vists to Met--the staff is so attuned to service--and this is not fleeting--- it is integral to the style of the Met. The management and staffs at all stores really have a focus---on both quality and care---There was a very famous seattleite named angelo pellegrini---who came from Italy and became the chair of the English Department at the U--and who beame quite famous for his philoshophy about life and care and service and giving in his food and wine life including years ago of the concept of sustainability
and local---We hear these words so often now yet they were integral so many years back---and FOR 40 YEARS met Market has philosophized and has in real fact grown these same qualities of life, inherent in customer service, the intense care for the customer and the promotion of local. Happy birthday Met Market--a class act."
June 16th, 9:23 am
Darrell Vannoy

Amazing Product

"My first visit to the Admiral store many years ago was an eye opening experience. As a former restaurant manager I was blown away by all the amazing food service offerings from a grocery store. From panni's to prepared salmon, crab cakes, cioppino, hot buffet items and even rotisserie prime rib! With all those incredible food choices how could I possibly choose lunch! I finally settled on the prime rib sandwich and it was amazing! I decided at that time that I needed to work for this company! 10 years later I am a proud member of the Metropolitan Market Team!"
June 16th, 5:30 am
Warren Reid

The Ultimate Customer Service Story

"Two years ago at Metropolitan's "For The Love of Cheese" event I was attending as a vendor serving cheese to your customers and a piece of equipment I needed for this purpose broke in transit. It was early Saturday morning and we were setting up and Ilga Westberg, your Culinary and Community Events Director, felt that since this was something that your customers would truly appreciate she was determined to track down a company that had this obscure piece of equipment and have them deliver it to your store. She did! This is just one example of the lengths your employees will go to when trying to please your customers."
June 15th, 4:55 pm
Lisa Cole

Vice President, Human Resources

"I first had the pleasure of visiting Metropolitan Market (then Queen Anne Thriftway) about 15-years ago. A friend of mine was working in product management for another retailer in the area. Somehow his CEO had learned about these incredible 'Ladybug Cookies' you could only find at "this really nice grocery store down in Tacoma"... My friend was given the charge of going down to Queen Anne Thriftway (in the Proctor district of Tacoma) to find out about these amazing cookies... Needless to say, I was recruited to come along. After a trip through this beautiful area of Tacoma I never knew existed, we arrived… And it was like no other food shopping experience I had ever had! It reminded me of the European marketplaces I had visited while traveling. Everything was so fresh and abundant - and the selection of quality and unique foods simply could not be rivaled. Suffice it to say, in addition to the three boxes of ‘Ladybug Cookies’ that we of course had to have, we also left with two bags brimming with our other amazing finds... All the way home (nearly two hours away), we could not stop talking about the incredible store we had just found and how we wished there was one in our neighborhood... Last year, with the opening of the new Metropolitan Market in Kirkland, I am pleased to report - there now is!! (happy, happy, happy) "
June 15th, 10:56 am
Jessie

Incredible!

"You've hit the ball out the park! Incredible!"
June 9th, 2:09 pm
Brad Halverson

Queen Anne Store in the 1970's

"I remember as a kid taking my bike up onto Queen Anne Avenue and stopping at Queen Anne Thriftway. The stairway near the front had an area underneath where they would merchandise something new, something interesting, like great olive oils or coffee. When the remodel came in 1980, seeing produce moved up to the front of the store and the rich colors set a new benchmark for grocery stores across the country. The best tasting products, local and from afar, were already in the store, but it now had the best feel and shopping experience of any store in America."

Fresh, Hand Stretched Mozzarella. Lots of Mozz! Met Market loves to stretch variety, so hand-stretching mozzarella cheese straight from the curd proved a natural extension of its artisan cheeses. Started in 2009 and showcased at its annual "For the Love of Cheese" event held each year, cheese mongers soften the curds in hot water and gently stretch and fold mounds until they glisten with the perfect sheen. -Balls are shaped and cooled in cold water, and the rest is for all to enjoy. It doesn't get much better than this. Great for Caprese or snacked out of hand, the Mozz is a standout.

Salumi launches-The Grand Salami. The "Cure" for Common Charcuterie: Armandino Batali created a Pacific Northwest sensation when he opened the door to Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Pioneer Square in 1999. Appetites soared for tastes of his innovative creations. Salumi's got an impressive state-of-the art kitchen with primary and auxiliary curing rooms, a fermentation oven, spice room, manufacturing room, and office for the USDA inspector. In 2006 Metropolitan Market brought the popular salami to customers. Batali likes the idea of a local independent grocery store caring for and selling their products. We introduced customers to Salumi's classic salami, Oregano, Mole, Smoked Paprika and more.

The Children's Museum Grocery Store. The Children's Museum's beginning in the 1980s (Pioneer Square and Seattle Center), included a partnership with Queen Anne Thriftway by creating a grocery marketplace exhibit for play and learning. The exhibit built on the idea that just like at the real markets, kids could find milk, yogurt, cheese, bread and fruit - and everything needed to go through check stands for payment. In 2008, Met Market continued its relationship with Children's Museum with a newly remodeled and expanded market place!

JP Patches and Gertrude-Clowning Around at Queen Anne. Back before the era of video games, we had television show clowns, some of whom made the Queen Anne Thriftway their spontaneous shopping grounds, fresh from the studio...while still dressed and made up in character. Local celebrities J.P. Patches, aka Chris Wedes, and Gertrude (Bob Newman), helped shaped Seattle's image when their wildly popular children's show first aired on KIRO/7 in 1958 (and ran for 23 years until 1981).

Red Coats - Reddy with Answers. Aisles of Service: The Red Coats. It happens every holiday: Hundreds of stressed-out, time-tapped customers force themselves to the supermarket in preparation for home entertainment, only to get that glassy-eyed, lost look while standing in the aisles. Enter your supermarket "first aid" of sorts, The Red Coats. These red coat-wearing, in-store sages are armed with shopping lists, ready with recipes and full of ideas to kick start holiday entertaining and gift-giving. The goal: make shopping easy and get what you need the first trip to the store. Red Coat-ready helpers at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve is exclusive to Metropolitan Market.

Pink Shirts with madras ties - Uniformly Handsome. In what may be the singular, near-mutiny in Met Market workforce history, the 1980s brought store uniforms pink shirts and madras ties. Terry Halverson took a big risk when heeding the advice of a fashion stylist, who encouraged these splashes of au courant color for team members. Some men balked (to the point of threatening to quit) at the notion of donning pink anything, but many softened when female shoppers began showering them with compliments. The trendy colors certainly made team members recognizable and stylish!

Charentais Melons - Viva la Aroma. Met Market dazzled the produce section with the Charentais, also known as a "French cantaloupe," in 1999. It is highly valued but its delicate nature and short shelf life make it tough to ship. The Charentais is smaller than an American cantaloupe and is--botanically speaking--a true cantaloupe. It has a delicious flavor and powerful aroma that can traverse sweet to savory culinary duties; it's great as a breakfast fruit, a salad ingredient, or a compliment to fresh desserts. It can also garnish cocktails and pairs well with feta and goat cheeses, nuts, herbs, citrus and charcuterie. That's using your melon!

Julia Child - Hooked on our Seafood. Local food expert Jon Rowley worked with Metropolitan Market to help expand the seafood department's selection in 1984. Having earned Julia Child's trust while working on her 1983 cooking series "Dinner at Julia's," Jon took her on a personal tour of the Queen Anne store seafood department in 1985. He proved that one could find excellent fish in a grocery store and apparently, she was impressed. So much so that she became a customer on occasion. Before seeing Queen Anne's seafood department, Julia Child evangelized her number one rule in buying fish: Don't buy fish in the supermarket. What a delight to have cooking royalty in the store, while earning her admiration and respect as a customer.

Fran's in Our Hands: A Supermarket First. In 1987 when Seattle confectioner Fran Bigelow was cranking out chocolates from her kitchen in the Georgetown area (south of Downtown), Metropolitan Market sold her chocolates at the Queen Anne checkout stands. By the time our Proctor store opened in 1995, Fran's was being featured at our full-service chocolate case, namely selling Fran's truffles and Gold Bars. A retail legacy in her own right, we're proud to be the first supermarket to offer Fran's incredible chocolates.

Car Wash Buggy. For about three years, there was a time when Metropolitan Market customers could get a car wash at the Queen Anne location while they bought groceries. Those who opted for a wash received $5 off of their groceries. This independently owned mobile car wash was in a self-contained six-foot by three-foot unit that required a generator to get the water pumping. In time, the store dedicated the busy lot for customer parking.

Produce Forward: A Bold Move that Stuck. Fruits and vegetables came up to the front of the store following a remodel of the Queen Anne store which began in 1978. In those days, most grocery stores put an emphasis on frozen and not fresh vegetables. The bold decision was a move to emphasize the store's exceptional offering of fresh and local produce - by merchandising it just inside of the entrance, the results were astounding. "Fresh thinking" paid off! The week of Queen Anne's remodel debut in 1980, Dick Rhodes and Terry Halverson carefully watched customers and noted their reactions with the new arrangement. They were amused when grocery competitors who remarked (unwittingly, while passing by) the store would be nothing to worry about. The produce section move instantly bumped up category sales by 50 percent and accounted for a substantial chunk of store sales. This layout became a model for future Metropolitan Market locations and underscored the store's passion for great produce.

Alaskan Gold! In 2004 Metropolitan Market introduced shoppers to an ultra-rich salmon from the Great White North, Yukon River salmon. The fish's delicious flavor and high oil content (up to 34 percent) make it the gold standard of wild salmon. These fish are caught by Yup'ik villagers during a commercial fishing season that lasts only two to three weeks in mid to late May. It was the first time Yukon River salmon were available to the general public in the Lower 48 since the 1970s (largely held for Japanese wholesalers for decades). At all store locations, Seattle chefs lined up to prepare it in cooking demonstrations.

Uptown Grand Re-Opening. In August 2006, Larry's Market closed its doors at 100 Mercer and Metropolitan Market jumped on the chance to serve its loyal clientele. Equally important, the company recognized a vital, talented Larry's team. After other Larry's stores closed and sold through merchandise at Bellevue and Totem Lake, the team was integrated into the Metropolitan Market family. The company embarked on a long-term cleanup, interior updating and a remodel of the Uptown location. A new gelato case dazzled the Bakery, expansive soups and salad selections charmed the Deli, and a newly inherited Catering division flourished. To celebrate the grand re-opening of Uptown in 2010, Metropolitan Market hosted a month of parties with one-by-one invitations going out by neighborhood, from lower Queen Anne and Magnolia to South Lake Union. Wines were tasted, celebrity chefs cooked (such as Tom Douglas carving up prime rib), and Space City Mixer even hosted a sell-out singles event with a fine food spin.

Well Bred Reds: Metropolitan Market Introduces Bottled Blends - Blessed with deep, local winemaker relationships, Metropolitan Market set out to bottle a consistently delicious, high value wine blend. Washington winemaker meetings resulted in a most beauteous blend. By 2008, MM Red #1, a 2006 vintage, was born. At just $10 per bottle and $108 per case, the store had a hot seller on its hands. This first wine paved the way for many more sellout blends, including whites, a rose, and more recently, Metropolitain Champagne direct from France. As for the vintners' identities, we'll never tell, but we can say these award-winning wineries price similar wines for easily double our asking. Cheers to that!

Cioppino. A good chef knows how to cook sustainably. In the case of fish, in 1995 chef Jacques Boiroux sought to prevent wasting perfectly tasty parts of fish that otherwise would go uneaten. He created a delicious cioppino base, merchandised it in charming carts with artisan rolls and customers loved it. Metropolitan Market was the first local supermarket to sell its house-made cioppino in store. The raved-about dish can still be found fresh in Seafood.

Lavish with Lavender. In 2004 Metropolitan Market first celebrated the Olympic Peninsula's bounty of summer with a festival for intoxicatingly fragrant lavender. The first supermarket in Seattle to herald this unique crop with its own festival, the Floral department sold bundles of the flowers and later offered classes on wreath-making and sachets, and brought in the growers to present their wares and point out to customers the many varieties of lavender, some of which were culinary and others strictly decorative. Sources began with farms in Sequim, and then Metropolitan Market supplemented it with the Lavender Sisters on nearby Vashon Island.

The Kiosk: A Fixture of our Culinary Culture. Metropolitan Market endeared itself to customers early on with its culinary expertise. It would eventually need a physical platform to offer cooking demonstrations, sampling and culinary education. While a few local supermarkets in the 1980s offered in-store chef demonstrations as a side attraction, Metropolitan Market was the first to implement a fixed, showcase kitchen as a major store feature. Behold, The Kiosk was born. We've always loved sharing new flavors and cooking techniques with customers!

What's in a Name? The Switch to Metropolitan Market. As the success of foodie grocery store Queen Anne Thriftway proliferated to Admiral and Proctor, and more stores were slated to open, we sought a name that would better reflect the brand and meet the level of service and merchandise customers had come to expect. In 2003, Metropolitan Market replaced the Queen Anne Thriftway name. It connoted an urban supermarket, which fit our communities, reflected wide variety and quality and it entirely distinguished the stores from the Thriftway banner. The name change--like the market itself--was a soaring success.

Metropolitan Market Kirkland opens. Folks on the Eastside had been asking for a store of their own for years. Finally, we crossed the bridge and took over the site in the Houghton neighborhood. The store's Housewares department, occupying the lower level, was created in the esteem of upscale kitchen shops, generous with displays of linens, pans, knives and gadgetry. The gelato bar, bakery and coffee set was a first, and its Deli is the biggest of all Met Market locations. Here we also made our first foray into popular pommes frites complete with an array of dipping sauces. With seating upstairs, downstairs and an outside patio, the cafe fast became community hub. Artful interior touches such as the playful sea life motif embedded in the floor fronting Seafood, and the copper sculpture installation hanging in the atrium that even passerby on the street can admire. When the time came for the store to open, it was the most successful grand opening to date: More than 500 people were lined up single file around the back of the building!

Sand Point Doors Open. A banner year for Metropolitan Market hit in 2003; not only did we adopt a name change (from Queen Anne Thriftway), it was also the year the doors opened at Sand Point. The store took on a modern, European aesthetic with muted earthy colors and an airy loftiness, one that stepped out from an ordinary supermarket and suited its new brand image. Two mezzanine levels provided office spaces, a break room, public restrooms and a front dining area. Showcase departments offered a service cheese counter, an open, iced seafood case, a bakery up front, integrated with coffee and espresso and more. In serving the Sand Point community, Metropolitan Market went all out. It hosted a community preview weeks before the opening to benefit neighbor Ronald McDonald House. The team also worked diligently to rehabilitate a nearby green space adjoining it to the Burke-Gilman Trail.

In 1997, the North Admiral neighborhood got twice the supermarket that previously stood in its place. In the years leading up to the transformation, several little buildings in the lot were leveled to make way for the new store. Makeshift team offices occupied parts of the old Barnecutt's service station while new ones were built into the new store footprint. The new store was a full service supermarket, complete with its first service cheese department stocked with artisan, farmstead cheeses with knowledgeable cheese mongers. It had a big deli and new soup counter, a rotisserie like Proctor, an expansive Seafood department and its Housewares layout set a new standard for future Met Markets. The store initially took the name the Queen Anne Thriftway in 1997; the thought in using the name was to underscore its heritage to the Queen Anne store and difference from other Thriftways around town. Unfortunately, having a Queen Anne qualifier in this 'hood did not bode well with Admiral residents. They wanted the store, just not the name. The customer is always right, and after very vocal objections, the location was quickly redubbed the Admiral Thriftway.

Where other supermarkets couldn't make the location work, Metropolitan Market succeeded with the Proctor store, which opened in 1995. For years, the Queen Anne store received shoppers who'd make the pilgrimage from the South Sound and staff knew there was a demand. When Terry Halverson was ready to open his own store, he embraced the challenge; at first he drove from Queen Anne daily to Tacoma and eventually took residence in nearby Gig Harbor as the store underwent a transformation.

The Primer on our Prime Rib Sandwiches: The Rotisol. Along with our French native chef-spokesman (former Met Market team member Jacques Boiroux) came other French imports through the 1990s; the Rotisol France rotisserie was the first oven of its kind in Seattle and we were the first supermarket to bring such an innovation to market. From the beginning aromas of sizzling prime beef were tough to resist, and the prime rib sandwiches have been a deli favorite ever since 1995. The stainless steel, convection rotisserie oven is the key to perfectly roasting juicy, delicious prime rib for sandwiches and more. The Rotisol was first introduced at the Proctor store. In a word, magnifique!

Be the best, by having the best. In 1992, Metropolitan Market became the first local retailer to offer the coveted French bread from Poilane. Imported weekly from France via Federal Express, this hot item underscored the store's commitment to carrying the very best bread possible. Sixty years earlier, the first Poilane bakery was founded in Paris. It wasn't until the 1980s that it created a 24-wood-oven manufactory that baked for a growing list of retailers near and far. Some claim this bread as among the best in the world.

We continue the rise of Artisan Bread in Seattle. There was a time the store bought an existing, dedicated bakery called the Boulangerie at 2200 N. 45th Street in Seattle. The breads were scratch-baked to perfection in the European tradition, and by day's end the store's entire supply of various loaves were often sold out. If each variety didn't have the perfect texture and taste each day, the bread was thrown out. The dedicated staff made a legacy of the Boulangerie, but Metropolitan Market eventually decided to stick to what it does best: operate a supermarket. With so much great artisan bread in Seattle, why not!

"Meet" Market: Cosmo Lets it Out the Bag. You've got to love a women's magazine that interviews single men across the nation to see where they can be snagged. The September 1986 issue of Cosmopolitan featured "Secrets of the City: 100 men tell where they are and how to find them." There, under the Seattle listing for the grocery store was the Queen Anne location (then called Queen Anne Thriftway). The reaction was nearly instant and fun for team members to observe. New faces of mostly single men and women were caught cruising and perusing the aisles.

Peach-O-Rama: Pursuing the Sweetest and Juiciest Peaches! - In 1996 we set out to find the perfect peach and, after a two-year quest, found two growers who were doing things just right. In our own backyard, local grower Bert Pence of Pence Orchards in Wapato, Washington and organic growers Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood, California. Loaded with arm-dripping juice and skyrocketing brix (a measure of carbohydrates in the sap of the fruit), the natural sugars dance in your mouth. Each August, Peach-O-Rama has been our sweet celebration of the very best peaches!

The Relentless Pursuit of Great Coffee - Always in pursuit of premium coffee, Metropolitan Market was early to bring on coffee beans from Starbucks under its grocery distribution label at the time called Blue Anchor. Also, just outside of the Admiral store in a vacated building adjacent to the parking lot was a dedicated coffee roaster prompted by aficionado Eric Stone in 1995; he operation was later moved to the Proctor store. Here, customers could enjoy locally roasted beans long before the coffee craze swept the globe.

Our Floral Department Blossomed - Call it the "Holland Haul." One man's "pallet" was another man's unwittingly massive order of flowers in 1982. Then a store manager, Terry Halverson placed an order with a flower vendor he'd met at the flower market in DeLier, Holland. He asked for a pallet of best-sellers to bolster the store's floral selection. What arrived at SeaTac was a small warehouse worth of boxed flowers that ended up filling one-third of the Queen Anne store's parking lot! From there, a reputation for fresh-cut flowers bloomed like never before.

Metropolitan Martha - As Martha Stewart's media empire was skyrocketing, the Junior League of Tacoma engaged the lifestyle goddess to be the keynote speaker in April 1997 at its fund-raising Decorators' Showhouse and Garden Tour at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood. During the keynote a member of the audience sang the praises of the Proctor store and convinced Martha and her entourage to visit while she was in town. She knew a good thing when she saw it!

Bringing the Queen Anne Helpline to Life - Former Queen Anne Metropolitan Market store owner Dick Rhodes was inspired by a faith-based speaker on the power of helping the communities in which we live and work. Compelled to make a difference he held a food fair with the help of vendors at a local bowling alley and collected donations. Rhodes and other community leaders pledged to form an alliance to help people--especially seniors--in the neighborhood. Queen Anne Helpline launched in May 1982.

Weinermobile Heist at Queen Anne - Remember the song, "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener?" The rave ad campaign also had a traveling Wienermobile and a small driver to go with it, the late George Molchan. He portrayed the Oscar Mayer spokesman, "Little Oscar" for more than three decades. He traveled from town to town in the company's Wienermobile -- appearing in parades and at supermarkets including Metropolitan Market. That is, until, someone stole the Wienermobile right out of the parking lot at Queen Anne in 1980. To hear Terry tell it, Lil Oscar got more fired up then a dog on the grill! Fortunately, with a conspicuous getaway car, it didn't get very far and car and driver were soon reunited!

First Supermarket to "Catch" onto Copper River Salmon - An enthusiastic Queen Anne shopper by the name of Jon Rowley tenaciously encouraged store executives to taste a fabulous Alaskan fish at Ray's Boathouse called Copper River salmon. In its pursuit to offer hard-to-find, quality fish, Metropolitan Market was the first local supermarket to hook Seattle grocery shoppers on this delicious, nutty, Omega 3-rich fish in 1985.

Serving the City of Seattle 24 Hours - Metropolitan Market was the first known independent supermarket in Seattle city limits to serve customers 24 hours. The round-the-clock service started at the Queen Anne location actually in 1983 (although for our button production, the year says 1985) The city never sleeps, we found!

Metropolitan Market says "Oui!" to Beaujolais Nouveau - At a time when only restaurants were embracing big orders of Beaujolais Nouveau, Metropolitan Market invested in this beloved French wine with its first order at 50 cases in the mid 1980s (which promptly sold out).

Our Best Shot: An Espresso Cart First - The advent of Seattle area coffee carts hit earlier than other U.S. cities, arriving just as Saturday night fever peaked in 1978. B&O Espresso and Monorail Espresso were chief among these espresso pioneers. By 1982 B&O set up a cart at its Queen Anne location, the first known local supermarket to jump on the espresso service wagon. Not long after, Metropolitan Market set up its own cart. The love affair never ceased; it merely expanded. Today its cafes serve myriad espresso and tea drinks.

A Piece of Hydro History - Before we were Metropolitan Market, our stores were part of Thriftway. There were two Miss Thriftway unlimited hydroplanes, the first of which was short lived in favor of a faster, formidable boat: the U-60 Miss Thriftway.The latter Miss Thriftway won the 1958 Detroit Memorial Race and was the pride of Seattle at a time when hydroplanes truly "thundered." She was owned by the Thriftway Stores of Washington State, driven by Bill Muncey and represented by Willard Rhodes, then the Thriftway president. Her colors were white with orange stripes, and she was powered by a Rolls Merlin engine. The boat made appearances at the Queen Anne parking lot and other Thriftway locations.

"Fetching" Local Strawberries - When it came to bringing in local strawberries--which no other grocery chain was doing in the early 1970s--Metropolitan Market took a hands-on approach. As in, Terry Halverson packing a van full of team members the crack of dawn and ferrying to "Tok" Otsuka's farm on Vashon Island to pick the berries themselves! These incredibly sweet strawberries were picked over the course of three hours, rushed to the stores, and were met by clamoring customers. Today, we still offer the region's berry best.

The "Rise" of Artisan Bread - Metropolitan Market's early ownership was tied to the Rhodes family, who knew firsthand the quality of San Francisco sourdough bread. At a time when there was just one bakery in the Seattle market offering French bread, here came a grocery store with a delicious contender straight from San Francisco! Eventually the store brought in local artisan bread as bakers in the area emerged, resulting in the dizzying array you see today.

Our Start in 1971 - In the late 1930s, during the founding Associated Grocers, a respected name in grocery enterprise was recruited from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle: the Rhodes family. Dick Rhodes was eventually appointed to oversee the Queen Anne Thriftway in addition to working for Associated Grocers. It was here that Terry Halverson soon became promoted to store director and partnered with Dick and a small, but great team to evangelize the exceptional supermarket experience for which Metropolitan Market would become loved.