Petosa's Closing: Edmonds to Lose Its Only Downtown Supermarket

The store, a fixture since 1986, has failed to attract a buyer. It suffered extensive damage in April after a faulty sprinkler flooded it.

Petosa's Family Grocers, an institution in downtown Edmonds for more than 25 years, is scheduled to close in two months, Edmonds Patch has confirmed.

Petosa's is also home to the city's only Department of Licensing office.

The store has been for sale for some time, and has not attracted any potential buyers. The closure date is Feb. 28.

Tom and Betty Jo Petosa founded the grocery store at 550 Fifth Ave. S. in 1986. It was the the couple's second grocery market, as they had previously opened one at North 145th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. That store is no longer open.

Tom Petosa died in August 2005.

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.

In an April 24th letter thanking Edmonds residents for their support of the store, Mayor Dave Earling noted Petosa's importance to the community: "Think how our downtown would feel if a disaster such as the one that hit Petosa's permanently put it out of business? Think about how we rely on a single type of business in the core ..."

Edmonds Patch will soon have more information on the closing of Petosa's.

See Edmonds Patch's listing of supermarkets in the city.

Petosa's shoppers: Where will you go when the market closes?

Tere Ryder December 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I will probably do my grocery shopping in Seattle.......PCC not what it originally was in Seattle (co-op to save $$$), and prices too high.......and QFC/KROGER, I have always wondered how anyone can shop there......when I walk in the front door, I can smell meat from the meat department that is past its due dates..........a very distinct smell.....I've always wondered how they had so many customers that didn't smell that and where the inspectors were......Miss the days of the old original QFC, sans Kroger.....Kroger, now thatZ capitalism Not sure what the elderly people here that walked or road their scooters to Petosas are going to do.....Hard to picture them all heading up those hills
Priya Sinha December 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
@Tere, we are not a socialist or a communist country. We have always been a capitalistic country. I agree with you regarding deregulation and am not a supporter of NAFTA, for example. However, if Petosa's could be competitive with even PCC, which is quite expensive and provide the ethnic foods (not just Mexican) that I by or good produce, I would be happy to pay the extra money. Petosa's neither provides choice or has good prices. They are not competitive, in my opinion, on any level.
Priya Sinha December 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I find QFC and PCC too expensive. We have Top and Safeway which are both in the Edmonds' boundaries. I find Tops to be very cost effective.
Priya Sinha December 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Also, Tere, as the mother of a teenage boy who drinks 1.5 gallons, on the average of , every 4 days, I can't justify going bankrupt to keep a business from going bankrupt. Could you?
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Priya: Totally unscientific, I feel TOP and Safeway best values around..I shop QFC because it's closest
Tere Ryder December 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Kroger and PCC, large corporate entities, helped put Petosas out of businesses also......A small business can hardly compete with a large corporation buying millions of items for rock bottom low prices for their many, many stores.......I well remember one day buying aspargus at Petosas, and seeing that Krogers had the same product/different country (I'm sure from South America) at a tenth of the price of Petosas.....THAT is pretty hard to compete with........some food companies are now buying their chickens from China, because they buy en mass at cheap prices....I have this vision of these big boats passing our waters with millions of squaking chickens on board, Chinese Chickens.....capitalism again....Gary Larsen could do something with that.......
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Maybe Trader Joe's can move in .. if too big, can split the property like Subway did in Westgate where old sub shop used to be.
Charles Gold December 27, 2012 at 06:25 PM
We second what you are saying, Tere. Edmonds is in real danger right now with the climate of "economic development" equating to "strip mining" our lovely town. We need to keep our identity and destination beach town atmosphere for attracting other tourists, compatible businesses, and great residents. We don't need to become another generic developed suburb, using the excuse of a small and possibly temporary shortfall in revenue to the City. A little creative thinking, coupled with a real understanding of the unique and desirable place Edmonds presents in the Seattle area is needed, as we have had before to repel destructive tall high density development. Opening our City to developers to dominate is a disaster for our future.
Brynn Watson December 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I was just grieving for Petosa's, but if Trader Joe's moved in I'd jump up and down! So much good food and produce!
Emily Smith December 27, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I have a soft spot in my heart for Petosa's- my late husband worked there when we met (at the Seattle location). But still, I drive right by to go to PCC because it has what I want--really good produce and ethical/organic meat. I'm lucky I can make these choices, I know. But unfortunately Petosa's falls into a funky niche-expensive because of limited buying power but not specialized or upscale. I think the city or a private enterprise should turn the building and grounds into a year-round farmer's market and rent stalls. Make it a gathering space. But if the knocking down of Robin Hood Lanes in favor of a (gag) Walgreens is the way the city plans to go it's not looking good for Edmonds.
Tere Ryder December 27, 2012 at 07:30 PM
There are plenty of creative, idea people in Edmonds that should be able to come up with a solution........Perhaps an employee owned grocery....I believe originally that was done with Greenwood Market in Seattle........I think there are plenty of people in this town that can come up with a solution.........This town has a dynamic, creative population that I believe could come up with best ever alternatives......Maybe talk to the owners to see exactly what running that grocery entails.......and where help may be needed/$$$ or whatever......I do not know the owner, but have seen her working there all the time, and being older, I suspect she could have used some help, ideas, etc. I was so moved when she kept those doors open even after the flooding......She told me she did that to keep things going and so people would have their jobs.........SO PEOPLE COULD HAVE THEIR JOBS.......isn't THAT what we NEED when we discuss economic development.......NOT for jobs to go away.......the mayor should be giving this woman a GOLD KEY to the city, and looking for ideas to help
Janine Harles December 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I have worked in that building for 3 out of 4 grocery stores, since I was 15 years old, there are still a few customers that remember that, and I thank you for supporting our store, I will miss you! My time working for Tom and Betty Jo Petosa was the best! I hope that our loyal customers continue to shop with us for the next few months, seeing your smiling faces on a daily basis helps our crew through this difficult time!
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Trader Joe's rocks.
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Janine: Nicely put. We wish employees well.
Susan December 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Ok this is Very Sad and am going to miss this place a lot! I am going to miss the Broccoli Salad the most the one they would never give out the recipe for....I hope they are willing to give it out now that they are closing...maybe as a good bye gesture :-).....PLEASE
Brian Soergel December 27, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Haha, I agree. Broccoli salad is the bomb.
Tere Ryder December 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
.......yes, it is said that the test of a great civilized nation ("civilized" being a key word here) is how it treats its most vulnerable........and small businesses and people unemployed across our great nation would be a description of our most vulnerable.........those 1 out of 5 children living with not enough food to eat every day because their parents have lost their jobs.......millions!.....
Jim P. December 27, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I worked there also, who was your late husband?
Jim P. December 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I spent over twenty years working in that store and can honestly say I enjoyed every day I worked there. It was kinda like the hub of Edmonds. I miss that very much. Times change I guess...
Charles Gold December 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I want to make it clear that I was agreeing with Tere's first post about misguided "economic development". I don't agree with the subsequent discussion about capitalism vs. socialism -- Those are just hate words used to amp up people, while the reality is not pure anything -- It should be what works. I think our problem is much simpler and accessible -- We have a City administration that has carelessly put aside the signature restrictions that make Edmonds look the way it does and be such an oasis from the other generic suburbs. I hope these areas are redeveloped with the same vision that those who came before had to keep Edmonds unique. DON'T BALLARDIZE EDMONDS (PLEASE!)
Ron Wambolt December 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM
My interpretation of what Charles Gold is trying to say is "don't take away my view".
Charles Gold December 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Ron, My view will be unaffected by anything proposed, so I am actually just speaking for Edmonds as a whole
Sandra Thomas December 28, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I have made a conscious choice to shop Petosa's for being a local, and independent grocer. The staff is wonderful, helpful and friendly. I can't imagine Edmonds without them. Hope there is some way to keep them in the community. Sandra Thomas
David Hepp January 02, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I think a wonderful solution to the Petosa's Market issue would be to convert the site to a permanent 'farmers' market' to serve Edmonds and the surrounding community. The summer market certainly is a thriving enterprise and draws people from across the area. And we know that there is a year round demand for small-scale, local producers as shown by the obvious example of Pike Place and also the long standing success of the farmers' market in the University District. Rick Steves has always highlighted the delights and value of farmers' markets all over Europe. Maybe it's time to bring the idea home to Edmonds.
L. January 04, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Tere Ryder January 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Yes, I think the citizens of this unique town are capable of finding a buyer or coming up with the $$$ to float something here for this small grocer. ........Seems like one more empty, "for lease" storefront in Edmonds certainly announces that this is a town with important SMALL business not being supported.......Condos on the waterfront and business there (that takes away business from Main Street) that lines the pockets of a select few does not seem to be for the benefit of the citizens of this town. ......and I guess I'm wondering about THE HOTEL GROUP big sign on Fifth now....................website making reference to a "meet the money conference"......just saying, guess I'm wondering........that sign is gigantic....can't be missed......just wondering?? I certainly miss that half of the hardware store we had.
CMR February 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Rumor has it that a Trader Joe's is opening in the former Petosa's. Anyone know anything about this?
Jeanne Gustafson February 15, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Thanks very much for your question. We're looking into what will come next at Petosa's.
Brad H. February 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Edmonds would be a perfect location for Trader Joe's "profile" (to pick their next locales, Trader Joe's looks at demographics such as education and median salary levels), but I would be surprised if they put one so close to their store on 196th.
CMR February 16, 2013 at 07:14 PM
The 196th Trader Joe's is nice but parking is very difficult. Perhaps parking would be much better at Petosa's location and more shoppers would go there.


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