Bloomingfoods to Close Elm Heights Location

The board of directors and general manager of Bloomington Cooperative Services announced Tuesday night that the co-op will close its Elm Heights location in May 2016. The Elm Heights store on 2nd and Fess opened in August 2013 after several years of market surveys and research; the store has significantly underperformed since its opening.

The co-op will also move its commissary kitchen operations, currently located on South Washington Street, back into the east side and Near West Side stores later this year, a return to the co-op’s original model.

Central Co-op Vies with New Seasons Grocery for Capitol Hill Site

Originally published April 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm Updated April 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm SEATTLE TIMES

Central Co-op is making a bid to become the anchor tenant for a mixed-use development at the Capitol Hill light-rail station, pitting it against Portland-based grocer New Seasons, which has encountered opposition from some labor and advocacy groups.

By Janet I. Tu, Seattle Times business reporter