An IGA supermarket will open sometime in May at the downtown Edmonds location of the former Petosa’s store, which closed in February.
The new store will be operated by Mike Trask, who owns an IGA store in Granite Falls that earlier was named one of three 2013 Retailers of the year in the United States by the IGA parent company.
Both Trask and Bill Wilson of Edmonds’ Wilson Investments, manager of the property at 550 5th Ave South, confirmed that a lease agreement has been signed.
“We’re planning some changes and a change in culture,” said Trask. “We’re excited about Edmonds and excited about opening our second store.”
The plan is for a soft opening in mid-May and a grand opening in June. Wilson said Trask is planning a full service supermarket, with a larger deli than Petosa’s and a full produce section with organic produce.
“We’re excited. I feel like we’ve invested a lot of time, financially too, in this,” said Wilson, whose father Howard Wilson owns the site and first built a store there in 1969. “We’ve made some concessions to kick-start this. We really hope people in Edmonds will shop there and make it successful.”
Petosa's had been downtown Edmonds' only supermarket. Stephan Clifton, economic development director for the city of Edmonds, said having a full service grocery store is an important asset for any downtown area.
“Oftentimes grocery stores can serve as a focal point for a community, and here it’s downtown,” he said. “We’re excited to hear we’re going to have a new IGA.”
The Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) was founded in 1926 and now includes some 5,000 privately owned stores in 30 countries, including 1,200 in the United States.
For previous Edmonds Patch coverage:
- Petosa's Closing: Edmonds to Lose Its Only Downtown Supermarket