UPDATE: New Grocery Tenant Expresses Interest in Petosa's Location

A national grocery chain has expressed its intention of opening April 1 at the current location of Petosa's Family Grocer, which is closing Thursday at 7 p.m. A gathering by members of the community is planned outside at closure time.


UPDATE, Feb. 21, 3:45 p.m.: Petosa's Family Grocers has moved up its closing date to Thursday at 7 p.m., and members of the Edmonds community are planning a gathering at that time in front of the store (550 Fifth Avenue South) to express their appreciation for its 27 years of service in the city. The store had originally planned on closing Saturday, but an employee told Patch Thursday it had run out of stock. In addition, sources tell Patch the new tenant that has expressed interest in opening a new grocery store at the location is not Trader Joe's, as some have speculated.


Original story:

To the relief of downtown residents and city officials, a new tenant has expressed its intention of opening a new grocery store in the Petosa’s at 550 Fifth Avenue South, which is scheduled to close on Saturday.

Stephan Clifton, Edmonds’ economic development director, said Thursday the city had been told of the development by property manager Bill Wilson of Wilson Investments.

The new tenant will be from a national grocer store chain, but which one has not been revealed. It reportedly hopes to open April 1 after a short closure for remodeling.

Wilson was not available Thursday, but a colleague in the Wilson Investments office said the new tenant has not yet signed anything, just expressed its intent.

Clifton said that if it proves true, it’s great news for Edmonds, since there are no other major grocery stores downtown.

“Grocery stores are often an important anchor of downtown areas and a focal point of everyday life,” he said. “We have a somewhat older demographic downtown. We have a lot of older people located downtown and accessibility is important.”

Petosa’s Family Grocers has been an important part of downtown Edmonds since it was opened by Tom and Betty Jo Petosa in 1986. Its operators announced in late December the supermarket would be closing in two months.

In April 2012, Petosa's suffered extensive damage after a faulty sprinkler flooded the business. The community rallied behind the store with a and the store opened again on April 15.


How do you feel about the news a new supermarket might replace Petosa’s? Please tell us in the comments box below.

CMR February 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I keep hearing it is going to be Trader Joe's.
Brad H. February 21, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Will this new tenant be wearing a Hawaiian shirt and ringing a bell?
Jeanne Gustafson February 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
We have confirmed that there is no Trader Joe's planned there, CMR.
Jeanne Gustafson February 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Maybe, Brad, but at this point we don't expect his name tag to say TJ.
Greg Johnston (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM
We have updated this story with news that Petosa's will close its doors tonight (Feb. 21) at 7, not Saturday, and members of the community are planning a gathering to bid employees farewell.
William Norman March 22, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Do we know who the new tenant is, and whether they will open April 1?
Jeanne Gustafson March 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
We're checking that out this morning William, and will let you know if the deal has been sealed.
Brad H. March 22, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I know you can't say anything, but blink twice if the new tenant's name rhymes with "Pafeway"
Michelle Carroll March 28, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Any update?
Jeanne Gustafson March 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM
We heard this week that no deal is in ink yet, Michelle and Brad, but we hear from sources that people will be "very happy" with the new tenant when the t's are crossed and the i's dotted.
Jim P. March 28, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I know this about the new tenant. Independantly owned, community orientated, small town type grocer.
William Norman April 17, 2013 at 05:38 AM
How do you know this, Jim P? Who is it and when will they be moving in?
Jeanne Gustafson April 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM
It's IGA, William. Here's a link to our story on it: http://patch.com/A-35Nb


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