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[PHOTOS]: Employees, Friends Bid Petosa's Farewell

A small group of community members gathered at the store Thursday night to share cake and memories, and to buy some of the little remaining stock at the store.

Petosa's Family Grocers closed Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m., and members of the Edmonds gathered to express their appreciation for its 27 years of service in the city.

One longtime customer, Sandy Tindall, brought a cake she made during her lunch hour to share with staff and neighbors, while others browsed and bought what little was left on the shelves.

"We've had more people giving us hugs and people giving us their emails--I think that speaks pretty highly of us," said Linda Elliott, who has worked at Petosa's for six years. She said she would miss the people, and their dogs, who would often come in for a treat.

The store had originally planned on closing Saturday, but an employee told Patch Thursday it had run out of stock. The auto licensing office there will remain open.

Several employees told Patch that they don't have new jobs lined up, and hope that they might be able to return to work at a possible new grocery store at the location.

Employee Kevin Lynn said Petosa's was no ordinary grocery store.

"For a lot of these people we were their touchstone. One woman told me, 'You're the only person I talk to all day,'" he said. Another local resident who had worked at the store previously, expressed concern for elderly residents who rely on Petosa's have to run "the gauntlet" to get to other stores.

A new tenant has expressed its intention of opening a new grocery store in the longtime neighborhood grocery, but as of Thursday had not signed a lease for the space. 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 would be from a national grocer store chain, but which one has not been revealed, though sources tell Patch it is not Trader Joe's, as some have previously speculated. It reportedly hopes to open April 1 after a short closure for remodeling.

Sara M. DuBois February 24, 2013 at 04:46 PM
I haven't lived in Edmonds for nearly 50 years, but we've been visiting "my old home town" nearly every week for four months, as I am doing research on a some historical books I'm working on writing. We will miss Petosa's too! We stopped in on Thursday to see the store and the employees At around 1:30 PM. We spoke to Kevin Lynn for a bit . . . he stated to us that he has worked since he was age 15. He, along with most of the rest of the employees ( more than likely ) will all be going on unemployment. I hope ythat everyone who did work there will find other work soon and not have too much of an interim period with little or no earnings.
Jeanne Gustafson February 24, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Thanks for sharing your story and good wishes for the staff, Sara.

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